Levetiracetam

levetiracetam

What is levetiracetam used for?

Levetiracetam, sold under the brand name Keppra among others, is a medication used to treat epilepsy. It is used for partial-onset , myoclonic , or tonic–clonic seizures and is taken either by mouth as an immediate or extended release formulation or by injection into a vein .

Can you take levetiracetam with food?

You can take it with or without food. The most common side effects of levetiracetam are headaches, feeling sleepy and a blocked nose or itchy throat. It can take a few weeks for levetiracetam to work. You may still have seizures during this time.

Is levetiracetam approved in the US?

It has been approved in the United States as add-on treatment for myoclonic, and tonic-clonic seizures. Levetiracetam has been approved in the European Union as a monotherapy treatment for epilepsy in the case of partial seizures, or as an adjunctive therapy for partial, myoclonic, and tonic-clonic seizures.

What are the side effects of levetiracetam?

Levetiracetam can cause anaphylaxis or angioedema after the first dose or at any time during treatment. Signs and symptoms in cases reported in the postmarketing setting have included hypotension, hives, rash, respiratory distress, and swelling of the face, lip, mouth, eye, tongue, throat, and feet.

What are levetiracetam tablets?

What are Levetiracetam tablets? Levetiracetam is a prescription medicine taken by mouth that is used to treat partial-onset seizures in people 1 month of age and older. myoclonic seizures in people 12 years of age and older with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.

Is levetiracetam the same as Keppra?

Levetiracetam (lev-eh-teer-ASS-eh-tam) is the generic name (non-brand name) for the drug called Keppra (KEP-ruh). Keppra is a widely used seizure medicine from UCB. Keppra is available in many countries, but the name or look may be different.

How effective is levetiracetam for focal epilepsy?

Levetiracetam is effective as single-drug treatment for newly-diagnosed focal epilepsy in adults. It reduces focal seizures by 50% or more as an add-on medication.

How effective is levetiracetam for the treatment of traumatic brain injury?

Based on low-quality evidence, levetiracetam is about as effective as phenytoin for prevention of early seizures after traumatic brain injury. It may be effective for prevention of seizures associated with subarachnoid hemorrhages.

What are levetiracetam tablets?

What are Levetiracetam tablets? Levetiracetam is a prescription medicine taken by mouth that is used to treat partial-onset seizures in people 1 month of age and older. myoclonic seizures in people 12 years of age and older with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.

Can a 12 year old take levetiracetam for seizures?

Myoclonic Seizures in Patients with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy. Levetiracetam tablets are indicated as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of myoclonic seizures in adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.

Is levetiracetam the same as Keppra?

Levetiracetam (lev-eh-teer-ASS-eh-tam) is the generic name (non-brand name) for the drug called Keppra (KEP-ruh). Keppra is a widely used seizure medicine from UCB. Keppra is available in many countries, but the name or look may be different.

How effective is levetiracetam for focal epilepsy?

Levetiracetam is effective as single-drug treatment for newly-diagnosed focal epilepsy in adults. It reduces focal seizures by 50% or more as an add-on medication.

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