This medicine contains the active ingredient levetiracetam which belongs to a group of medicines called antiepileptic medicines. These medicines are used to treat epileptic seizures by stabilizing the abnormal electrical activity in the brain. This unusual electrical brain activity can cause fits or seizures in epilepsy (symptoms like abnormal muscle movements, twitches, visual and taste disturbances, unresponsiveness, loss of consciousness). Levetiracetam is prescribed for the treatment of partial onset seizures, myoclonic seizures and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures.
Is Levetiracetam suitable for me?
Levetiracetam is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to levetiracetam, or other ingredients of this medicine
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- if you have kidney problems
- if it is affecting the growth or development of a child
Levetiracetam interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Levetiracetam?
This medicine is available in form of oral solution and film-coated tablet.
You should take levetiracetam exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. The dose will be prescribed according to your age, condition and needs.
- For the oral solution, the usual dose for adults is between 10 ml (1000 mg) and 30 ml (3000 mg) divided into two doses. The usual dose for children is between 0.2 ml (20 mg) and 0.6 ml (60 mg) per kg bodyweight, divided into two doses. The usual dose for infants is between 0.14 ml (14 mg) and 0.42 ml (42 mg) per kg bodyweight, divided into two doses.
- For the tablet, the usual dose for adults is between 1000 mg and 3000 mg per day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Levetiracetam side effects?
Like all medicines levetiracetam can cause side effects, including:
- upper respiratory system infection
- sleepiness, headache
- aggression, anxiety
- convulsion, balance disorder
- tiredness, tremor
- abdominal pain, diarrhea, indigestion
- vomiting, nausea
- decreased number of blood platelets
- decreased number of white blood cells
- weight changes
- hallucination, confusion, mood changes
- impaired coordinated movements
- disturbance in concentration
- vision disturbance
- elevated/abnormal values in a liver function test
- hair loss, eczema, pruritus
- muscle weakness, muscle pain
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.