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What is Levetiracetam used for?
Levetiracetam is used in the treatment of epilepsy. It is used to treat the following types of seizures:
- Myoclonic seizures
- Partial onset seizure
- Refractory seizure disorders
Levetiracetam may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.
How does Levetiracetam work?
Levetiracetam belongs to the class of drugs called anti-convulsants. It acts as a neuromodulator and works by binding to a synaptic vesicle glycoprotein. This inhibits pre-synaptic calcium channels and reduces the neurotransmitter release.
How to take Levetiracetam?
The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Levetiracetam as prescribed by your doctor.
Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take the drug with or without food. However, taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset.
If you miss a dose of Levetiracetam, please use it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
What are the drugs that interact with Levetiracetam?
Drugs that interact with Levetiracetam include the following:
- Sodium Oxybate
This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.
What are the side effects of Levetiracetam
The following are the most common side effects of Levetiracetam:
- Stomach upset
- Loss of appetite
- Lack of coordination
- Weight loss
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.
What special precautions should be followed while using Levetiracetam?
- Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Levetiracetam or similar drugs.
- Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while on Levetiracetam.
- Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may further worsen the side effects of Levetiracetam.
- Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
- Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor.
- Avoid Levetiracetam during pregnancy or breastfeeding because the safe use of the drug is not yet established.
You are advised not to take Levetiracetam if
- it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
- the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discoloration.
What should you tell your doctor before using Levetiracetam?
- Tell your doctor if you have any history of blood vessel problems, heart problems, mental or mood problems, kidney disease, depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts.
- Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
- Notify the doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Frequently asked questions about Levetiracetam:
- Can I drink carbonated drinks while on Levetiracetam?
- Should I be monitored for any laboratory parameters while taking Levetiracetam?
- What are the other formulations available for Levetiracetam?
- How long can I take Levetiracetam?
No. Do not drink carbonated drinks while on Levetiracetam, as these drinks contain caffeine, which can interact with the drug and can cause complications.
Yes. Kidney function test should be performed on a regular basis while taking Levetiracetam.
Levetiracetam medicine is available as tablet, injection, and syrup.
Levetiracetam medicine should be taken according to the dosage prescribed by your doctor. Do not overuse or misuse the medicine.
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