Levtam 500mg Tablet 10'S

Epilepsy/Convulsion Rx required
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INTRODUCTION

LEVTAM 500MG contains Levetiracetam which is an anti-epileptic medicine used to treat seizures (fits). It is used in combination with other medications to treat certain types of seizures in adults and children with epilepsy. It decreases abnormal excitement in the brain. Seizures can happen when the electrical signals and chemicals are not working properly in the brain cells.

Levetiracetam works by attaching to a protein (called SV2A) on the surface of nerve cells in the brain. This suppresses the transmission of nerve signals in the brain and prevents the spread of electrical signals causing seizures.

Before taking LEVTAM 500MG inform your doctor if you have kidney problems and psychotic disorders. The dose of levetiracetam used in children depends on their weight and age. It is usually started at a low dose and may be increased slowly to limit side effects. Some common side effects of LEVTAM 500MG may include dizziness, headache, irritability, loss of appetite and sleepiness. If you experience any of these problems, contact your doctor for advice. Your doctor may change the amount or way the drug is taken which may help. Do not stop taking LEVTAM 500MG without your doctor's advice.

USES OF LEVTAM 500MG

  • Treats seizures

HOW LEVTAM 500MG WORKS

LEVTAM 500MG attaches to specific sites (SV2A) on the surfaces of nerve cells and affects the transmission of nerve signals in the brain by suppressing the abnormal activity of the nerve cells thus preventing the spread of electrical signals that cause seizures.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

Take LEVTAM 500MG according to the dose and frequency as advised by your doctor. Swallow the medicine as a whole. Do not chew, crush, or break the medicine. It may be taken with or without food. Do not stop taking LEVTAM 500MG on your own, without consulting your doctor.

SIDE EFFECTS OF LEVTAM 500MG

COMMON

  • sleepiness
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • aggression, anxiety, or irritability
  • loss of appetite
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • nausea, vomiting
  • indigestion
  • tiredness
  • cough
  • problem in balancing
  • vertigo (spinning sensation)
  • lethargy
  • tremor

UNCOMMON

  • hair loss
  • weight changes
  • double vision, blurred vision
  • loss of memory or concentration
  • tingling or pricking sensation in arms, legs, or feet
  • muscle pain, weakness

RARE

  • infection
  • decreased number of all blood cell types
  • severe allergic reactions
  • decreased blood sodium concentration
  • encephalopathy
  • pancreatitis
  • sudden decrease in kidney function
  • skin rash
  • rhabdomyolysis (breakdown of muscle tissue)
  • limp or difficulty walking

Stop taking LEVTAM 500MG and contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:

  • severe allergic reactions (such as swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and/or throat which can lead to difficulty in breathing or swallowing)
  • signs of reduced kidney function (such as low urine volume, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, swelling in ankles or feet and confusion)
  • severe skin reactions like steven-johnsons syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis or multi (rash with blisters, peeling of skin around mouth, nose, eyes, and genital area)
  • serious mental changes such as loss of memory, forgetfulness, abnormal behavior, sleepiness and other involuntary or uncontrolled movements

HOW TO MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS

Headache:

Apply hot or cold-water bag on your head. Try taking rest in a quiet and dark room. Drink tea or coffee.

Dizziness:

Get up and move around to feel awake, take small naps to edge off the sleepiness. Give your eyes a break to avoid fatigue and eat a healthy food to boost energy.

Diarrhea:

Drink plenty of fluids such as water, fruit juices or electrolytes to avoid dehydration in your body.

Stomach pain:

Try to take rest and relax. Eat and drink slowly or try to have smaller and frequent meals. Keep a heat pad on your stomach.

Loss of appetite:

Eat when you feel hungry. Eat smaller meals frequently than usual. Snack only when you're hungry. Eat a nutritious snack which is rich in calories and protein, such as dried fruit and nuts.

WARNING & PRECAUTIONS

PREGNANCY

LEVTAM 500MG is considered safe for use by pregnant women. It is advised to consult your doctor before taking.

BREASTFEEDING

LEVTAM 500MG is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

DRIVING AND USING MACHINES

LEVTAM 500MG may cause sleepiness. Do not drive or handle any machines while taking this medicine.

ALCOHOL

Do not drink alcohol while taking LEVTAM 500MG as it may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or difficulty in concentration.

KIDNEY

LEVTAM 500MG is not recommended in patients with active kidney diseases. Before taking, discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

LIVER

LEVTAM 500MG should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver function impairment or active liver diseases. Consult your doctor for advice.

ALLERGY

Do not take if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to Levetiracetam or any of the other ingredients in LEVTAM 500MG.

HEART DISEASE

LEVTAM 500MG is not recommended in patients with active heart diseases. Before taking, discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

OTHERS

Use in pediatrics:

LEVTAM 500MG is not recommended for use in children and adolescent less than 16 years of age. Consult your doctor for advice.

Use in geriatrics:

LEVTAM 500MG should be used with caution in elderly patients especially with kidney disease. Consult your doctor before taking.

INTERACTIONS

Before taking LEVTAM 500MG, inform your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription or the following:

  • cetirizine, oxylamine, diphenhydramine and hydroxyzine (used to relieve allergy)
  • alprazolam, diazepam (used to treat anxiety)
  • muscle relaxants
  • codeinenarcotic (pain relievers)

Overdosage:

If you or anyone else accidentally took too much of LEVTAM 500MG, consult your doctor immediately. Overdosage can cause side effects which can be life-threatening such as sleepiness, agitation, decreased mental alertness, respiratory problems, and coma.

SYNOPSIS

Drug :   Levetiracetam
Pharmacological Category :   Anticonvulsant
Therapeutic Indication :   Epilepsy, Seizures, Craniotomy, Subarachnoid hemorrhage and Traumatic brain injury
Dosage Forms :  

Tablet, Injection, oral solution, syrup and suspension

MORE INFORMATION

  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Store at room temperature below 25°C

FAQs ABOUT LEVTAM 500MG

What is LEVTAM 500MG used for?

LEVTAM 500MG is used to treat seizures (fits). It can be used alone or along with other medicines to prevent seizures.

Can the use of LEVTAM 500MG cause sleepiness?

Yes, LEVTAM 500MG makes you feel sleepy. In such cases avoid driving, operating machinery, working at heights, or participating in potentially dangerous activities.

How long does it take for LEVTAM 500MG to work?

LEVTAM 500MG usually takes a few weeks to work properly. Dose needs to be increased slowly. You may still have seizures during this time.

Can I stop taking LEVTAM 500MG due to my side effects?

No, do not stop taking LEVTAM 500MG without informing your doctor even though if   you experience any side effects. If you stop taking abruptly it can increase the chance of seizure to reoccur or worsens your condition.

Is LEVTAM 500MG safe to use in kidney patients?

LEVTAM 500MG should be used with caution in patients with moderate or severe kidney disease. Your doctor may adjust the daily dose based on the creatinine clearance to prevent any risk of toxicity leading to increased risk of side effects or worsening of the condition.

REFERENCES

1. KD Tripathi MD. Drugs acting on central nervous system. Essentials of Medical Pharmacology 7th ed. New Delhi, May 2013. Page – 420.

2. McNamara JO. Pharmacotherapy of the Epilepsies. Goodman & Gilman’s: The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. 12th ed. New York, New York: McGraw-Hill Medical; 2011. Page - 600.

3. Porters RJ, Meldrum BS. Anti-seizure Drugs. In: Katzung BG, Masters SB, Trevor AJ, editors. Basic and Clinical Pharmacology. 11th ed. New Delhi, India: Tata McGraw Hill Education Private Limited; 2009. Page - 411.

4. Briggs GG, Freeman RK, editors. A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk: Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 10th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health; 2015. Page -789.

5. Bassel Abou-Khalil. Levetiracetam in the treatment of epilepsy: Neuropsychiatric disease and treatment. June 2008; [Accessed Oct 6, 2020] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2526377/

6. Keppra, U.S. Food & Drug Administration [Revised April 2009] [Accessed Oct 6, 2020] https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2009/021035s078s080,021505s021s024lbl.pdf

7. Keppra, 2007; [Accessed Oct 6, 2020] https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/neurology_neurosurgery/centers_clinics/peripheral_nerve/patient_info/LEVETIRACETAM_2007.pdf

PRODUCT DETAILS

    Net Qty
    1 N
    Item Weight
    17.5 g
    Ingredient
    LEVETIRACETAM 500MG
    Hsn Code
    30049082
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