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Levetiracetam is used in combination with other medications to
treat certain types of seizures in adults and children with
epilepsy. Levetiracetam is in a class of medications called
anticonvulsants. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the
Levetiracetam comes as a solution (liquid), an immediate-release
tablet, an extended-release (long-acting) tablet, and as a tablet
for suspension (a tablet to take with liquid) to take by mouth. The
solution, immediate-release tablet, and tablet for suspension are
usually taken twice a day, once in the morning and once at night,
with or without food. The extended-release tablets are usually
taken once daily with or without food. Try to take levetiracetam at
around the same time(s) every day. Follow the directions on your
prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to
explain any part you do not understand. Take levetiracetam exactly
as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often
than prescribed by your doctor.
Swallow the levetiracetam immediate-release and extended-release
tablets whole; do not split, chew, or crush them. Take the whole
levetiracetam tablets for suspension according to directions; do
not split, chew, or crush them.
To take levetiracetam tablet(s) for suspension, use dry hands to
peel the foil from the blister packaging; do not try to push the
tablets through the foil. Immediately take out the number of
tablet(s) that your doctor has told you to take and place the
tablet(s) on your tongue with a sip of liquid. Once the tablet
completely dissolves on your tongue, swallow the mixture. The
tablet(s) may take about 10 seconds to dissolve.
You can also take levetiracetam tablets for suspension by
dissolving them in a liquid. Place the number of tablet(s) your
doctor has told you to take into a cup and add a small amount of
liquid (about 1 tablespoon [15 mL] or enough to cover the
medication in a cup). Swirl the cup gently. After the tablet(s) for
suspension dissolve, drink the mixture right away. If there is any
medication left in the cup, add some more liquid and swirl the cup
gently. Drink the mixture water right away to be sure that you
swallow all of the medication.
What special precautions should I follow
Before taking levetiracetam,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to
levetiracetam, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in
levetiracetam products. Ask your pharmacist or check the Medication
Guide for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and
nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and
herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Your doctor may
need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you
carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney disease,
depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or behavior.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If
you become pregnant while taking levetiracetam, call your doctor.
Do not breastfeed while you are taking levetiracetam.
- you should know that levetiracetam may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do
not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this
medication affects you.
- you should know that your mental health may change in unexpected
ways and you may become suicidal (thinking about harming or killing
yourself or planning or trying to do so) while you are taking
levetiracetam for the treatment of epilepsy, mental illness, or
other conditions. A small number of adults and children 5 years of
age and older (about 1 in 500 people) who took anticonvulsants such
as levetiracetam to treat various conditions during clinical
studies became suicidal during their treatment. Some of these
people developed suicidal thoughts and behavior as early as one
week after they started taking the medication. There is a risk that
you may experience changes in your mental health if you take an
anticonvulsant medication such as levetiracetam, but there may also
be a risk that you will experience changes in your mental health if
your condition is not treated. You and your doctor will decide
whether the risks of taking an anticonvulsant medication are
greater than the risks of not taking the medication. You, your
family, or your caregiver should call your doctor right away if you
experience any of the following symptoms: panic attacks; agitation
or restlessness; nervousness, new or worsening irritability,
anxiety, or depression; acting on dangerous impulses; difficulty
falling or staying asleep; aggressive, angry, or violent behavior;
mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood); talking or thinking
about wanting to hurt yourself or end your life; withdrawing from
friends and family; preoccupation with death and dying; giving away
prized possessions; or any other unusual changes in behavior or
mood. Be sure that your family or caregiver knows which symptoms
may be serious so they can call the doctor if you are unable to
seek treatment on your own.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If it has only been a few hours since the time you were scheduled
to take the dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it.
However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed
dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a
double dose to make up for a missed one.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor. If an infant or child
younger than 4 years of age receives levetiracetam, your doctor
will check their blood pressure regularly.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist
any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the
prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you
are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or
other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each
time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is
also important information to carry with you in case of
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