levetiracetam, Keppra, Keppra XR

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GENERIC NAME: levetiracetam

BRAND NAME: Keppra, Keppra XR

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Levetiracetam is an antiseizure (antiepileptic) drug. Its mechanism of action is unknown, but it inhibits the spread of seizure activity in the brain. In studies, addition of levetiracetam to other antiseizure drugs reduced the frequency of seizures more than placebo. The FDA approved levetiracetam in November 1999.



PREPARATIONS: Tablets (immediate release): 250, 500, 750 and 1000 mg. Tablets (extended release): 500 and 750 mg. Oral solution: 100 mg/ml. Injection solution: 5, 10, 15, and 100 mg/ml.

STORAGE: Levetiracetam should be stored at 25 C (77 F). Brief storage at 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F) is acceptable.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Levetiracetam is used in combination with other anti-seizure medications to treat myoclonic, partial onset, or tonic clonic seizures in children and adults.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/10/2014

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