Levetiracetam Drug Information
Levetiracetam (Keppra®) is a prescription medication used to treat epilepsy. In particular, it is approved to treat the following types of seizures:
- Partial seizures in adults and children as young as one month old
- Myoclonic seizures in adults and adolescents age 12 and older
- Generalized tonic clonic ("grand mal") seizures in adults and children age six and older.
The medication comes in the form of a tablet or as a liquid, and is usually taken twice a day. For those who cannot take it orally, an injectable form of the medication is available. Common side effects include weakness, drowsiness, and vomiting.
Prior to beginning treatment with levetiracetam, review the drug's safety information with your healthcare provider. This product can react with other medications, so your healthcare provider needs a complete list of all other medicines you are taking. He or she also needs to know about any other medical conditions you have, such as anemia, kidney disease, or any allergies.
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