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Keppra

Common Name
levetiracetam


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02247027 KEPPRA 250MG TABLET
02247028 KEPPRA 500MG TABLET
02247029 KEPPRA 750MG TABLET

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Levetiracetam belongs to the class of medications called antiepileptics. It is used in combination with other seizure-control medications to treat and prevent seizures associated with epilepsy. Levetiracetam does not cure epilepsy and only works to control seizures as long as the medication is taken. Levetiracetam works by affecting the transmission of nerve signals in the brain.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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How should I use this medication?

The usual recommended starting dose of levetiracetam for an adult is 500 mg twice daily, with or without food according to your doctor's instructions. This dose may be increased to a maximum of 3,000 mg per day, according to need and as prescribed by your doctor. People with poor kidney function may need a lower dose.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does this medication come in?

250 mg
Each blue, oblong-shaped, film-coated tablet, debossed with "ucb" and "250" on one side, contains levetiracetam 250 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal anhydrous silica, FD&C Blue No. 2 (indigo carmine Aluminum Lake), magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol 3350, polyethylene glycol 6000, polyvinyl alcohol, sodium croscarmellose, talc, and titanium dioxide.

500 mg
Each yellow, oblong-shaped, film-coated tablet, debossed with "ucb" and "500" on one side, contains levetiracetam 500 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal anhydrous silica, iron oxide yellow, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol 3350, polyethylene glycol 6000, polyvinyl alcohol, sodium croscarmellose, talc, and titanium dioxide.

750 mg
Each orange, oblong-shaped, film-coated tablet, debossed with "ucb" and "750" on one side, contains levetiracetam 750 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal anhydrous silica, FD&C Yellow No. 6 (sunset yellow FCF Aluminum Lake) and iron oxide red, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol 3350, polyethylene glycol 6000, polyvinyl alcohol, sodium croscarmellose, talc, and titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take this medication if you are allergic to levetiracetam or any ingredients of the medication.



 

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