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Levetiracetam is an anticonvulsant medication used to treat epilepsy. Levetiracetam may selectively prevent hypersynchronization of epileptiform burst firing and propagation of seizure activity. Levetiracetam binds to the synaptic vesicle protein SV2A, which is thought to be involved in the regulation of vesicle exocytosis. Although the molecular significance of Levetiracetam binding to synaptic vesicle protein SV2A is not understood, Levetiracetam and related analogs showed a rank order of affinity for SV2A which correlated with the potency of their antiseizure activity in audiogenic seizure-prone mice.
Indication: Used as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures in adults and children 4 years of age and older with epilepsy.
Levetiracetam is type of drug that belongs to the group of medicines called antiepileptic drug.
This medication is indicated to control seizure. The precise way of how Levetiracetam works is not yet known. This medicine may also be used for purposes not mentioned here.
This drug belongs in the FDA pregnancy category C. Levetiracetam may cause severe side effects to an unborn baby. Do not take Levetiracetam medication without consulting first your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during the treatment period.
It is not known whether Levetiracetam passes into the breast milk of nursing mothers. Consult your doctor first before taking the medicine if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Levetiracetam is contraindicated to patients who have kidney disease. Tell your doctor first before taking this medicine if you have any kidney disease. Your doctor may entail you a different dosage or special monitoring throughout the treatment period.
Alcohol is prohibited while you are taking Levetiracetam Sanis Health. The drug may cause drowsiness and alcohol may increase the risk of this kind of side effect. Alcohol may also increase the risk of seizures. Also, avoid driving, operating dangerous machinery or performing hazardous activities while you are taking Levetiracetam medicine.
Levetiracetam intake guidelines
Follow the exact directions given to you by your doctor. Do not deviate from just even one of his / her instructions. You may also ask any health care professional for things which you do not understand.
Take each Levetiracetam tablets with a full glass of water. Levetiracetam tablets could be taken with or without food. For this medication in liquid pharmaceutical form, be sure to get the exact measurement of the liquid form of Levetiracetam with a dose-measuring spoon or cup. Do not use the regular table spoon. It may not give you the exact dosage that is required. You may also ask your pharmacist for a dose-measuring cup or spoon if you do not have any. Take Levetiracetam medicine regularly to get the most desirable results. It is important for you to keep in mind not to stop using this medicine medicine without talking first to your doctor, even if you already feel better. Continue taking Levetiracetam to prevent the seizures from occurring again and again.
Obtain your Levetiracetam dose from your doctor. Dosage of this drug may vary from person to person.
The symptoms of the medication overdosage are not yet known but it might probably include drowsiness. Look for a medical attention as soon as possible if you suspect any overdose of Levetiracetam or if you feel any unusual effects of Levetiracetam medication.
Levetiracetam missed dose
Immediately take the missed dose of Levetiracetam medicine as soon as you remember. However, if it is time for your next dose of the medicine, skip the missed one and take the regular scheduled dosage of Levetiracetam medicine. It is important not to take a double dose of the drug.
Levetiracetam side effects
Side effects of Levetiracetam may include the following:
swelling of the lips, tongue, or face
closing of the throat
mood changes such as agitation, anxiety, depression, hostility, or apathy
Some side effects of this medication other than listed here may also occur. Consult your doctor immediately if you experienced any of the above stated side effects of Levetiracetam or if you feel any unusual or bothersome side effects of this medicine.
Levetiracetam drug reactions
There are some other drugs that may block with the function of Levetiracetam Sanis Health. Taking in with the following other drugs together with this drug may increase the effects of drowsiness:
Other drugs that may block with the work of Levetiracetam or that may increase the unwanted side effects that the medication may produce may also occur. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, as well as herbals products.
Levetiracetam pharmaceutical active ingredients containing related brand and generic drugs:
Active ingredient is the part of the drug or medicine which is biologically active. This portion of the drug is responsible for the main action of the drug which is intended to cure or reduce the symptom or disease. The other portions of the drug which are inactive are called excipients; there role is to act as vehicle or binder. In contrast to active ingredient, the inactive ingredient's role is not significant in the cure or treatment of the disease. There can be one or more active ingredients in a drug.
Levetiracetam available forms, composition, doses:
Form of the medicine is the form in which the medicine is marketed in the market, for example, a medicine X can be in the form of capsule or the form of chewable tablet or the form of tablet. Sometimes same medicine can be available as injection form. Each medicine cannot be in all forms but can be marketed in 1, 2, or 3 forms which the pharmaceutical company decided based on various background research results.
Composition is the list of ingredients which combinedly form a medicine. Both active ingredients and inactive ingredients form the composition. The active ingredient gives the desired therapeutic effect whereas the inactive ingredient helps in making the medicine stable.
Doses are various strengths of the medicine like 10mg, 20mg, 30mg and so on. Each medicine comes in various doses which is decided by the manufacturer, that is, pharmaceutical company. The dose is decided on the severity of the symptom or disease.
Levetiracetam destination | category:
Destination is defined as the organism to which the drug or medicine is targeted. For most of the drugs what we discuss, human is the drug destination.
Drug category can be defined as major classification of the drug. For example, an antihistaminic or an antipyretic or anti anginal or pain killer, anti-inflammatory or so.
Levetiracetam Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical codes:
A medicine is classified depending on the organ or system it acts [Anatomical], based on what result it gives on what disease, symptom [Therapeutical], based on chemical composition [Chemical]. It is called as ATC code. The code is based on Active ingredients of the medicine. A medicine can have different codes as sometimes it acts on different organs for different indications. Same way, different brands with same active ingredients and same indications can have same ATC code.
Levetiracetam pharmaceutical companies:
Pharmaceutical companies are drug manufacturing companies that help in complete development of the drug from the background research to formation, clinical trials, release of the drug into the market and marketing of the drug.
Researchers are the persons who are responsible for the scientific research and is responsible for all the background clinical trials that resulted in the development of the drug.
Frequently asked QuestionsCan i drive or operate heavy machine after consuming Levetiracetam?
Depending on the reaction of the Levetiracetam after taken, if you are feeling dizziness, drowsiness or any weakness as a reaction on your body, Then consider Levetiracetam not safe to drive or operate heavy machine after consumption. Meaning that, do not drive or operate heavy duty machines after taking the capsule if the capsule has a strange reaction on your body like dizziness, drowsiness. As prescribed by a pharmacist, it is dangerous to take alcohol while taking medicines as it exposed patients to drowsiness and health risk. Please take note of such effect most especially when taking Primosa capsule. It's advisable to consult your doctor on time for a proper recommendation and medical consultations.Is Levetiracetam addictive or habit forming?
Medicines are not designed with the mind of creating an addiction or abuse on the health of the users. Addictive Medicine is categorically called Controlled substances by the government. For instance, Schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US are controlled substances.
Please consult the medicine instruction manual on how to use and ensure it is not a controlled substance.In conclusion, self medication is a killer to your health. Consult your doctor for a proper prescription, recommendation, and guidiance.
ReviewsDrugs.com conducted a study on Levetiracetam, and the result of the survey is set out below. It is noteworthy that the product of the survey is based on the perception and impressions of the visitors of the website as well as the views of Levetiracetam consumers. We, as a result of this, advice that you do not base your therapeutic or medical decisions on this result, but rather consult your certified medical experts for their recommendations.
One visitor reported usefulHow is the drug Levetiracetam useful in reducing or relieving the symptoms? How useful is it?
According to the survey conducted by the website sDrugs.com, there are variable results and below are the percentages of the users that say the medicine is useful to them and that say it is not helping them much. It is not ideal to continue taking the medication if you feel it is not helping you much. Contact your healthcare provider to check if there is a need to change the medicine or if there is a need to re-evaluate your condition. The usefulness of the medicine may vary from patient to patient, depending on the other diseases he is suffering from and slightly depends on the brand name.
Two visitors reported dosesWhat is the dose of Levetiracetam drug you are taking?
According to the survey conducted among sDrugs.com website users, the maximum number of people are using the following dose 201-500mg. Few medications come in only one or two doses. Few are specific for adult dose and child dose. The dose of the medicine given to the patient depends on the severity of the symptom/disease. There can be dose adjustments made by the doctor, based on the progression of the disease. Follow-up is important.
One visitor reported age
The information was verified by Dr. Arunabha Ray, MD Pharmacology