Keppra 500 mg film-coated tablets is an antiepileptic medicine (a medicine used to treat seizures in epilepsy).
Keppra is used:
- on its own in patients from 16 years of age with newly diagnosed epilepsy, to treat partial onset seizures with or without secondary generalisation
- as an add-on to other antiepileptic medicines to treat: partial onset seizures with or without generalisation in patients from one month of age myoclonic seizures in patients from 12 years of age with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures in patients from 12 years of age with idiopathic generalised epilepsy
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Do not take Keppra
- If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to levetiracetam or any of the other ingredients of Keppra.
Take special care with Keppra
- If you suffer from kidney problems, follow your doctor?s instructions. He/she may decide if your dose should be adjusted.
- If you notice any slow down in the growth or unexpected puberty development of your child, please contact your doctor.
- If you notice an increase in seizure severity (e.g. increased number), please contact your doctor.
- A small number of people being treated with anti-epileptics such as Keppra have had thoughts of harming or killing themselves. If you have any symptoms of depression and/or suicidal ideation, please contact your doctor.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Taking Keppra with food and drink
You may take Keppra with or without food. As a safety precaution, do not take Keppra with alcohol.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
If you are pregnant or if you think you may be pregnant, please inform your doctor. Keppra should not be used during pregnancy unless clearly necessary. The potential risk to your unborn child is unknown. Keppra has shown unwanted reproductive effects in animal studies at dose levels higher than you would need to control your seizures.
Breast-feeding is not recommended during treatment.
Driving and using machines
Keppra may impair your ability to drive or operate any tools or machinery, as Keppra may make you feel sleepy. This is more likely at the beginning of treatment or after an increase in the dose. You should not drive or use machines until it is established that your ability to perform such activities is not affected.
Always take Keppra exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor if you are not sure.
Keppra must be taken twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, at about the same time each day.
Take the number of tablets following your doctor?s instructions.
Dose in adults and adolescents (from 16 years of age):
General dose: between 1000 mg (2 tablets) and 3,000 mg (6 tablets) each day.
When you will first start taking Keppra, your doctor will prescribe you a lower dose during 2 weeks before giving you the lowest general dose.
Example: if your daily dose is 2,000 mg, you must take 2 tablets in the morning and 2 tablets in the evening.
Dose in adults and adolescents (12 to 17 years) weighing 50 kg or more:
General dose: between 1,000 mg (2 tablets) and 3,000 mg (6 tablets) each day.
Example: if your daily dose is 1,000 mg, you must take one tablet in the morning and one tablet in the evening.
Dose in infants (6 to 23 months), children (2 to 11 years) and adolescents (12 to 17 years) weighing less than 50 kg:
Your doctor will prescribe the most appropriate pharmaceutical form of Keppra according to the weight and dose.Keppra 100 mg/ml oral solution and Keppra 250 mg tablets are presentations more appropriate to infants and young children.
Dose in infants (1 month to less than 6 months):
Keppra 100 mg/ml oral solution is a presentation more appropriate to infants.
Method of administration:
Swallow Keppra tablets with a sufficient quantity of liquid ( e.g. a glass of water).
Duration of treatment:
- Keppra is used as a chronic treatment. You should continue Keppra treatment for as long as your doctor has told you.
- Do not stop your treatment without your doctor?s advice as this could increase your seizures. Should your doctor decide to stop your Keppra treatment, he/she will instruct you about the gradual withdrawal of Keppra.
If you take more Keppra than you should:
The possible side effects of an overdose of Keppra are sleepiness, agitation, aggression, decrease of alertness, inhibition of breathing and coma.
Contact your doctor if you took more tablets than you should. Your doctor will establish the best possible treatment of overdose.
If you forget to take Keppra:
Contact your doctor if you have missed one or more doses.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.
If you stop taking Keppra:
If stopping treatment, as with other antiepileptic medicines, Keppra should be discontinued gradually to avoid an increase of seizures.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, Keppra can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following and they worry you.
Some of the side effects like sleepiness, tiredness and dizziness may be more common at the beginning of the treatment or at dose increase. These effects should however decrease over time.
The frequency of possible side effects listed below is defined using the following convention: Very common (affects more than 1 user in 10)
Common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)
Uncommon (affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000)
Rare (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000)
Very rare (affects less than 1 user in 10,000)
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
- somnolence (sleepiness);
- asthenia/fatigue (tiredness).
- infection, nasopharyingitis;
- decreased number of blood platelets;
- anorexia (loss of appetite), weight increase;
- agitation, depression, emotional instability/mood swings, hostility or aggression, insomnia, nervousness or irritability, personality disorders (behavioural problems), thinking abnormal (slow thinking, unable to concentrate);
- dizziness (sensation of unsteadiness), convulsion, headache, hyperkinesia (hyperactivity), ataxia (impaired coordinated movements), tremor (involuntary trembling), amnesia (loss of memory), balance disorder (equilibrium disorder), disturbance in attention (loss of concentration), memory impairment (forgetfulness);
- diplopia (double vision), vision blurred;
- vertigo (sensation of rotation);
- cough (increase of pre-existing cough);
- abdominal pain, nausea, dyspepsia (indigestion), diarrhoea, vomiting;
- rash, eczema, pruritus;
- myalgia (muscle pain);
- accidental injury.
- decreased number of red blood cells, and/or white blood cells;
- weight loss;
- abnormal behaviour, anger, anxiety, confusion, hallucination, mental disorder, suicide, suicide attempt and suicidal ideation;
- paraesthesia (tingling);
- pancreatitis, hepatic failure, hepatitis, liver function test abnormal;
- hair loss, blistering of the skin, mouth, eyes and genital area, skin eruption.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use after the expiry date stated on the carton box and blister after EXP:.
The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
This medicine does not require any special storage conditions.
What Keppra contains
The active substance is called levetiracetam. Each tablet contains 500 mg of levetiracetam.
The other ingredients are:
Tablet core: croscarmellose sodium, macrogol 6000, silica colloidal anhydrous, magnesium stearate. Film-coating: Opadry 85F32004 (Polyvinyl alcohol-part. Hydrolyzed, titanium dioxide (E171), macrogol 3350, talc, iron oxide yellow (E172)).
What Keppra looks like and contents of the pack
The film-coated tablets are yellow, oblong, scored and debossed with the code ?ucb? and ?500? on one side.
The cardboard boxes contain 10, 20, 30, 50, 60, 100, 120 and 200 film-coated tablets. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder: UCB Pharma SA, Allée de la Recherche 60, B-1070 Brussels, Belgium.
Manufacturers: UCB Pharma SA, Chemin du Foriest, B-1420 Braine-l?Alleud, Belgium. or UCB Pharma S.p.A., Via Praglia 15, I-10044 Pianezza, Italy
For any information about this medicine, please contact the local representative of the Marketing Authorisation Holder.
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