LEVESAM Injection 5ml


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Drug Information for LEVESAM Injection 5ml

What is LEVESAM?

  • LEVESAM contains Levetiracetam which is an antiepileptic medicine 
CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION

THERAPEUTIC USES

WARNING & PRECAUTIONS

INTERACTIONS

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

SIDE EFFECTS

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What LEVESAM is used for?

  • It is used on its own in adults and adolescents from 16 years of age with newly diagnosed epilepsy
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TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR

PREGNANCY AND BREAST-FEEDING

CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

DRIVING AND USING MACHINES

Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine, if you:

  • are allergic to levetiracetam, pyrrolidine derivatives or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
  • suffer from kidney problems
  • notice any slowdown in the growth or unex­pected puberty development of your child
  • have thoughts of harming or killing themselves
  • have depression
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  • This medicine should not be used during pregnancy
  • Breast-feeding is not recommended during treat­ment
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  • LEVESAM is not indicated in children and adoles­cents below 16 years on its own (monotherapy)
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  • LEVESAM may impair your ability to drive or operate any tools or machinery, as it may make you feel sleepy so do not drive or use machines
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  • Tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription
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  • A doctor or nurse will administer you LEVESAM as an intravenous infusion
  • LEVESAM must be administered twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, at about the same time each day
  • The intravenous formulation is an alternative to your oral administration
  • LEVESAM is for intravenous use
  • The recommended dose must be diluted in at least 100 ml of a compatible diluent and infused over 15 minutes

If you stop using LEVESAM

  • LEVESAM should be discontinued grad­ually to avoid an increase of seizures
  • Consult your doctor before you stop taking this medication
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Like all medicines, LEVESAM can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

SERIOUS

COMMON

RARE

  • weakness, feel light-headed or dizzy or have diffi­culty breathing, as these may be signs of a serious allergic (anaphylactic) reaction
  • swelling of the face, lips, tongue and throat (Quincke’s oedema)
  • flu-like symptoms and a rash on the face followed by an extended rash with a high temperature, increased levels of liver enzymes seen in blood tests and an increase in a type of white blood cell (eosinophilia) and enlarged lymph nodes (Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symp­toms [DRESS])
  • low urine volume, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, confusion and swelling in the legs, ankles or feet, as this may be a sign of sud­den decrease of kidney function
  • a skin rash which may form blisters and look like small targets (central dark spots surrounded by a paler area, with a dark ring around the edge) (erythema multiforme)
  • a widespread rash with blisters and peeling skin, particularly around the mouth, nose, eyes and genitals
  • signs of serious mental changes or confusion, somnolence (sleepiness), amnesia (loss of memory), memory impairment (forgetfulness), abnormal behavior or other neurological signs including involuntary or uncontrolled movements
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  • nasopharyngitis
  • somnolence (sleepiness), headache
  • anorexia (loss of appetite)
  • depression, hostility or aggression, anxiety, insom­nia, nervousness or irritability
  • convulsion, balance disorder (equilibrium disor­der), dizziness (sensation of unsteadiness), lethar­gy (lack of energy and enthusiasm), tremor (invol­untary trembling)
  • vertigo (sensation of rotation)
  • cough
  • asthenia/fatigue (tiredness)
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  • decreased blood sodium concentration
  • suicide, personality disorders (behavioral prob­lems), thinking abnormal (slow thinking, unable to concentrate)
  • uncontrollable muscle spasms affecting the head, torso and limbs, difficulty in controlling move­ments, hyperkinesia (hyperactivity)
  • pancreatitis
  • liver failure, hepatitis
  • sudden decrease in kidney function
  • rhabdomyolysis (breakdown of muscle tissue) and associated blood creatine phosphokinase increase
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STORAGE

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children
  • Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
  • Store at room temperature (15-25ºC)
  • Do not refrigerate
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