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KEPPRA 500MG TABLET contains Levetiracetam which belongs to the group of medicines called Anticonvulsants. It is used to treat epilepsy (seizures). Epilepsy is a disorder in the central nervous system in which the brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures (fits) or unusual sensations, behaviours and sometimes loss of consciousness.
KEPPRA 500MG TABLET is also used in combination with other antiepileptic medicines to treat partial onset seizures with or without generalisation (abnormal activity involving one side of the brain), myoclonic seizures (short, shock-like jerks of a muscle or involving group of muscles), juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (myoclonic seizures in adolescents from 12 years of age), primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures (major fits which includes loss of consciousness), and idiopathic generalised epilepsy (type of epilepsy which is thought to have a genetic cause).
Along with the treatment with KEPPRA 500MG TABLET, your doctor may suggest you make some lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and sleeping habits, managing stress, and exercising or meditating regularly. Prior to starting the treatment with KEPPRA 500MG TABLET, your doctor might ask you to take some diagnostic tests.
Before taking KEPPRA 500MG TABLET inform your doctor if you have liver, kidney or heart diseases. KEPPRA 500MG TABLET should be used with caution in pregnant women and not recommended for use in breast-feeding women.
KEPPRA 500MG TABLET is not recommended for use in children and adolescents below 16 years of age, however it can be used in combination with other medicines. Consult with your doctor before taking. Some of the serious side effects of KEPPRA 500MG TABLET includes thoughts of self-harming, contact your doctor immediately if you notice symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts.
The most common side effects of taking KEPPRA 500MG TABLET are inflammation of nose and throat, sleepiness, dizziness, lethargy, anorexia, depression, anxiety, vertigo, cough, nausea. Contact your doctor if you experience these above side effects or worsen.
KEPPRA 500MG TABLET acts on the brain and modify the release of certain nerve chemicals. Brain cells communicate with each other using electrical signals and chemicals. When there is any disturbance in this communication, seizure (fits) happens. Levetiracetam combines with a protein (SV2A) present in central nervous system and inhibits the release of abnormal nerve chemicals (neurotransmitters). This does not affect the normal brain communication.
Take KEPPRA 500MG TABLET as advised by your physician. Swallow the medicine with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the medicine.
Your doctor will decide the correct dose and duration for you depending upon your age, body weight and disease condition.
Stop taking KEPPRA 500MG TABLET and inform your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:
Nausea or Vomiting:
Take KEPPRA 500MG TABLET medicine with, or just after meals. Stick to simple meals. Avoid eating rich or spicy food. Ask for your doctor’s advice if nausea doesn’t improve.
Drink a lot of fluids, such as water, fruit juice, to keep yourself hydrated. Do not consume any medicine by yourself without consulting your doctor. Ask for your doctor’s advice if diarrhea persists for a long time.
Try to rest and relax. Eat and drink slow or try to have smaller and frequent meals. Keep a heat pad on your stomach. Ask for your doctor’s advice if stomach pain doesn’t improve.
Try to take rest and do not involve yourself in exertive activities. You can apply a pain-relieving balm on your forehead. Your doctor might suggest you some painkillers. Ask for your doctor’s advice if headache doesn’t improve.
KEPPRA 500MG TABLET should be used with caution in pregnant women only if considered clearly necessary by the doctor. Consult your doctor before taking KEPPRA 500MG TABLET.
KEPPRA 500MG TABLET is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women. Consult your doctor before taking the medicine.
Do not drive or operate any machines if you feel sleepy after taking KEPPRA 500MG TABLET.
Avoid the consumption of alcohol while taking KEPPRA 500MG TABLET.
KEPPRA 500MG TABLET should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Consult with your doctor before taking the medicine.
Do not take KEPPRA 500MG TABLET if you are allergic to Levetiracetam or to any other ingredients of this medicine.
KEPPRA 500MG TABLET should be used with caution in patients with heart diseases such as family or medical history of irregular heart rhythm (visible on an electrocardiogram), or if you are prone to heartbeat irregularities. Consult your doctor before taking KEPPRA 500MG TABLET.
Before taking KEPPRA 500MG TABLET tell your doctor if you:
Use in pediatrics:
KEPPRA 500MG TABLET is not recommended for use in children and adolescents under 16 years of age if used alone. However, KEPPRA 500MG TABLET can be used in children and adolescents in combination with other medicines. Your doctor will prescribe the right dose depends on your child’s age, body weight and disease condition.
Use in geriatrics:
Your doctor will decide the correct dose and duration of the treatment depending upon your age, disease condition and body weight. Consult your doctor before taking KEPPRA 500MG TABLET.
A. Drug–Drug Interactions:
Inform your physician if you are taking any of the following medicines before taking KEPPRA 500MG TABLET:
If you or anyone else accidentally took extra dose of KEPPRA 500MG TABLET, consult your doctor immediately or visit the nearby hospital. Symptoms of overdosage of KEPPRA 500MG TABLET are sleepiness, aggression, agitation, inhibition of breathing, decrease of alertness and coma.
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What is KEPPRA 500MG TABLET and why is it prescribed?
KEPPRA 500MG TABLET contains Levetiracetam which belongs to the group of medicines called Anticonvulsants. It is used in the treatment of epilepsy and also used in combination with other antiepileptic medicines to treat partial onset seizures with or without generalisation, myoclonic seizures, juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures and idiopathic generalised epilepsy.
Can I stop taking KEPPRA 500MG TABLET if I start to feel better?
You must keep taking KEPPRA 500MG TABLET for the time your doctor has prescribed it to you. Stopping suddenly may cause increase in seizures. If you wish to discontinue taking KEPPRA 500MG TABLET, ask for your doctor’s advice to avoid the chances of increase in seizures.
What is the best time to take KEPPRA 500MG TABLET?
Always take KEPPRA 500MG TABLET as advised by your doctor. Consult your doctor for advice before taking the medicine.
How to manage if I miss a dose of KEPPRA 500MG TABLET?
If you miss one or two doses of KEPPRA 500MG TABLET, you should contact your doctor. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose of KEPPRA 500MG TABLET.
Does KEPPRA 500MG TABLET affect my ability to drive?
KEPPRA 500MG TABLET may cause sleepiness. Do not drive or operate any machines if you feel sleepy after taking KEPPRA 500MG TABLET. You can continue with the activities once you feel normal again.
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Written By Dr. Janet.C, Pharm.D
Last updated on 05 Oct 2022 | 05:39 PM(IST)
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