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MEDICATIONS




Keppra (Levetiracetam)



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Keppra is an antiepileptic drug used for treating partial-onset seizures. It is approved for use in combination with other antiepileptic drugs.



Dosage forms



Keppra is available in tablets of 250 mg, 500 mg and 750 mg. It is also available as a liquid solution (100 mg/ml)

What side effects can be caused by Keppra?



Just like other drugs, Keppra can cause side effects. Also, every patient is different. If you experience any bothersome side effects, report them to your doctor. (There is a risk of serious side effects, including death, with all medications that are used to treat seizures; however, the risk is exceedingly small). This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Please refer to the package insert for more details about Keppra.

Some of the common side effects of Keppra include:



  1. Insomnia
  2. Irritability
  3. Sleepiness/drowsiness
  4. Coordination difficulties

Rare, but serious side effects:



  1. Psychosis (hallucinations)

How should I take Keppra?



It is important that you take the total dose of Keppra as prescribed by your doctor. Keppra is normally taken two times a day. A convenient dosing would be in the morning and at bedtime. Do not stop this medication without the advice of your doctor; doing so may result in an increase in seizures.

Does Keppra interact with other medications?



No known significant drug-drug interactions.

This list is not meant to be complete. Please ask your doctor about any specific drug-drug interactions, especially when starting a new prescribed or over-the-counter drug.

Can I take Keppra with food or other medications?



Yes, Keppra can be taken with meals and at the same time as other medications.

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