Keppra is used for treating partial-onset, myoclonic, or generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients with epilepsy. It is used in combination with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
How to take
Use Keppra as directed by your doctor.
- Take Keppra by mouth with or without food.
- Swallow Keppra whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
- Keppra works best, if it is taken at the same time(s) each day.
- Continue to take Keppra even, if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Keppra is an anticonvulsant. Exactly how it works is unknown, but it may work by slowing abnormal nerve impulses in the brain.
If you miss a dose of Keppra and are using it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store Keppra between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Keppra out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Do not use Keppra if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Keppra
Some medical conditions may interact with Keppra . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have liver or kidney problems, or you are on dialysis
- if you have a history of mental or mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or actions
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Keppra . However, no specific interactions with Keppra are known at this time.
Possible Side Effects
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
- Dizziness; drowsiness; loss of appetite; runny nose; tiredness; vomiting; weakness.
- Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); behavioral changes (e.g., aggression; agitation; anger; apathy; irritability; hostility); changes in vision; decreased coordination; depression; extreme drowsiness, tiredness, or weakness; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; irrational thoughts or beliefs; memory loss; mental or mood changes; new or worsening seizures; suicidal thoughts or attempts; unusual bruising or bleeding; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
If you have any questions about Keppra, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Keppra is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.