|Why do I need this medicine?
||Levetiracetam is used to treat epilepsy (also known as fits or seizures). It may be used on its own or together with other epilepsy medicines.
|How do I take this medicine?
||Take Levetiracetam exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Levetiracetam must be taken regularly for it to work well. Do not skip any doses. Do not stop taking Levetiracetam unless instructed by your doctor. Your condition may worsen if this medicine is stopped suddenly.
You may take Levetiracetam with or without food.
Levetiracetam is available as a tablet or oral solution.
If you have been given the oral tablet, swallow it whole with a glass of water.
If you have been given the solution (syrup), use a dropper to measure out your dose. Do not use a household teaspoon or tablespoon to measure your dose. If you wish, you may dilute the solution with water before taking it.
|What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
||Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Remember to take your medicine regularly. If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
|When should I not use this medicine?
||Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while being treated with Levetiracetam.
|What should I take note of while using this medicine?
||Alert your doctor if you have kidney disease or depression.
Alert your doctor if your fits occur more frequently or if you experience suicidal thoughts or depression while being treated with Levetiracetam.
Do not give Levetiracetam to a child unless instructed to do so by the child's doctor.
|What side effects could I experience?
||Levetiracetam may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you feel dizzy or drowsy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Levetiracetam may also cause headache, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, vomiting, difficulty coordinating your movements and changes in behaviour. Inform your doctor if any of these side effects are severe or refuse to go away.
|Can I take this with other medicines?
||Alert your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- mood medicines
- allergy or cold medicines
- sleeping pills
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
|What special dietary instructions should I follow?