Keppra

Keppra (levetiracetam) is a medication that is used to treat epilepsy. It is an anti-epileptic drug (AED) that works by stabilizing electrical activity in the brain. This helps to prevent seizures. Keppra is available in both brand-name and generic forms. The brand-name version is made by UCB, Inc. Generic drugs are usually less expensive than brand-name drugs. In some cases, they may not be available in all strengths or forms as the brand-name drug.

Keppra is used alone or with other medications to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children who are at least 4 years old.

Keppra may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not use Keppra if you are allergic to levetiracetam.

To make sure Keppra is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • depression or mood problems;
  • suicidal thoughts or actions;
  • liver or kidney disease;
  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
  • drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages daily.

Do not stop using Keppra without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine.

You may have increased seizures if you stop using this medicine suddenly. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.

Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace, or carry an ID card stating that you take Keppra. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you take seizure medication.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Keppra if you are allergic to levetiracetam.

To make sure Keppra is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • depression or mood problems;
  • suicidal thoughts or actions;
  • liver or kidney disease;
  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
  • drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages daily.

Do not stop using Keppra without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine.

You may have increased seizures if you stop using this medicine suddenly. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.

Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace, or carry an ID card stating that you take Keppra. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you take seizure medication.

How should I take Keppra?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose.

Keppra is usually taken twice per day. Take the medicine at the same time each day.

Do not crush, chew, or break a Keppra tablet. Swallow it whole.

If you cannot swallow a tablet whole, you may place it in a glass of water, milk, or orange juice. Stir the mixture and drink all of it right away. To make sure you get the entire dose, add a little more liquid to the same glass, swirl gently and drink right away.

If you take an extended-release tablet, you may notice something that looks like a tablet in your stool. This is just the empty tablet shell, and it is harmless.

Seizures are often treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice.

Your doctor will start you on a low dose of Keppra and gradually increase your dose, not more often than once every 2 weeks.

Do not stop using Keppra without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine.

You may have increased seizures if you stop using Keppra suddenly. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.

Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace, or carry an ID card stating that you take Keppra. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you take seizure medication.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.

If I miss a dose, what should I do?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking Keppra?

Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of levetiracetam.

Keppra side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath;
  • confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior;
  • depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
  • bruising, unusual bleeding (nosebleeds, bleeding gums, purple or red spots under your skin);
  • fever, chills, body ac

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