Levetiracetam is used on its own or together with other medicines to treat epilepsy (also known as fits or seizures).
Take Levetiracetam exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may take Levetiracetam with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.
Levetiracetam is available as a tablet or oral solution.
If you are taking the tablet, swallow it whole with a glass of water. Do not chew, divide or crush it.
If you are taking the oral solution, use the graduated oral syringe provided to measure your dose. You may dilute the oral solution in a glass of water before taking it.
Levetiracetam must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Levetiracetam even when you feel better. Levetiracetam is not a cure and you may need to take it long-term to keep the seizures under control. Do not stop taking Levetiracetam unless instructed by your doctor.
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.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Inform your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease.
Inform your doctor if there is no improvement in seizure control.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Levetiracetam may cause drowsiness, tiredness and dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Other side effects include any of the following: headache, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, irritability and difficulty coordinating your movements such as unsteadiness in walking, tremors or involuntary eye movements.
Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you have or experience:
- rashes, with or without peeling of the skin or blistering of the lips, mouth or eyes accompanied by fever
- swelling of the eyes, face or lips or breathing difficulties
- persistent fever or sore throat or mouth ulcers
- extensive or unusual bleeding or bruising
- confusion or hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not existent)
- unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being too depressed, agitated, or having thoughts of self-harm)
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.