Keppra (Levetiracetam) Side Effects, Before taking, Overview & More

Keppra is an externally administered medicine available in the form of immediate-release tablets and extended-release tablets. It contains Levetiracetam which is an anti-epileptic medicine, i.e., an anticonvulsant that belongs specifically to the group of Pyrrolidine – a class of medications. Chemically, it an S-optical isomer of etiracetam.

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The medicine is used to treat epilepsy especially the partial onset seizures such as myoclonic, or tonic-clonic seizures in people above 12 and 6 years of ages respectively. It is known to be a very effective medication, and reduce the number of seizure attacks a patient has.

It may also be used for other purposes not mentioned in the guide.

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Side effects of Keppra:

Side effects are the unpleasant and undesirable effects of a medication, or a medical procedure one takes or undergoes respectively for treatment. Many medicines have side effects. However, these medicines are still manufactured and used as they are not really threatening to life. Moreover, they are not experienced by every patient.

It has been estimated that only 1 out of 10 suffer at the hands of these side effects alone.

Keppra also comes with a handful of side effects. These side effects range from being mild to severe when it comes to their nature.

Some of the common side effects that are considered to be mild in nature are:

  • Dizziness
  • Feeling drowsy
  • tiredness
  • weakness
  • signs of irritability
  • loss of appetite
  • stuffy nose
  • infection

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Usually, these side effects tend to occur at the start of the treatment. They often perish within a short period of time as the body gets accustomed to the presence of the medicine. However, these effects may persist and become bothersome. This could trigger some severe medical disorders. Therefore, it is essential to seek medical help promptly if any side effect is experienced as a precaution.

With these, the uncommon but adverse side effects it may cause are enlisted below as follows:

  • unusual mood swings
  • the confused state of mind
  • hallucinations
  • Weak balanceand/or coordination
  • extreme drowsiness
  • feeling very weak and tired
  • Fever accompanied by chills, weakness, etc.
  • Symptoms of infection.

Important Notice: Some other side effects that have not been enlisted in this guide may also be experienced. Usually, doctors and/or pharmacists inform the patients about the side effects are likely to suffer at the start of their treatment.

A doctor and/or a pharmacist may be consulted for personal queries and concerns in detail.

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How to use?

You are strongly advised to read the directions on the prescription label before starting and to follow them carefully.

The medicine is administered orally or intravenously. It is usually advised to be taken twice a day. However, if your doctor recommends otherwise follow your doctor. Take appropriate and balanced doses. Do not chew or crush the tablets; swallow each as a whole. If using the syrup form, use a particular purpose-built container to measure out the exact dose for intake.

You may take your medicine with or without food. Make sure not to stop taking it immediately without a doctor’s consent.

You are also required to pay regular visits to the doctor and get medical tests done.

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Precautions:

  • Neither use nor recommend it to someone without a physician’s consent.
  • Do not nurse an infant while taking this medicine.
  • Do not stop or start taking medicine without a doctor’s permission during pregnancy.
  • It interacts negatively with certain medicines. Thus, give names of all the medication, if any, that you use to your doctor as a safety measure.
  • It is not suitable for people who have ever had a kidney disorder, psychosis, and certain other conditions. Thus, let your doctor have your medical history at the start to avoid any inconvenience.
  • Keep it away from children’s reach, moisture, sunlight, and heat.

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