levetiracetam - oral, Keppra
GENERIC NAME: LEVETIRACETAM - ORAL (lev-eh-turr-RASS-ih-tam)
BRAND NAME(S): Keppra
USES: This medication is used in combination with other medications to treat seizure disorders (epilepsy). Levetiracetam has been shown to decrease the number of seizures in adults and children with a certain type of seizure (partial onset). It is not known how it works to prevent seizures.
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using levetiracetam and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually twice daily or as directed by your doctor. If you are using the liquid form of this medication, carefully measure your dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.If you are using the long-acting tablets, take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. Swallow the long-acting tablets whole. Do not crush, chew, or break the tablets. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects.Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. To reduce your risk of side effects (e.g., drowsiness, dizziness), your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. The dosage in children is also based on weight. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Your condition may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.Tell your doctor if your seizures persist, change, or worsen.
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