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Levetiracetam

Why is this medication prescribed?

Levetiracetam is used in combination with other medications to treat seizures in adults with epilepsy. Levetiracetam is in a class of medications called antiepileptics. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain.

How should this medicine be used?

Levetiracetam comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken twice a day with or without food. 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.

Your doctor may start you on a low dose of levetiracetam and gradually increase your dose.

Levetiracetam controls epilepsy but does not cure it. Continue to take levetiracetam even if you feel well. Do not stop taking levetiracetam without talking to your doctor. If you suddenly stop taking levetiracetam, your seizures

Other uses for this medicine

This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking levetiracetam,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to levetiracetam or any other medications.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney disease.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking levetiracetam, call your doctor.
  • 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.
  • remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this medication.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.

What should I do if I forget a 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 side effects can this medication cause?

Levetiracetam may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • drowsiness
  • muscle weakness
  • unsteady walking
  • coordination problems
  • headache
  • pain
  • loss of appetite
  • forgetfulness
  • anxiety
  • dizziness
  • moodiness
  • nervousness
  • painful, burning, or tingling feeling in the hands or feet
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • sinus pain

Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • hearing voices or seeing visions that do not exist (hallucinations)
  • hostility
  • thoughts of killing yourself
  • fever, sore throat, and other signs of infection
  • double vision

Levetiracetam may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

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