LEVETIRACETAM TABLETS, USP
(lee'' va tye ra' se tam).
250 mg, 500 mg, 750 mg and 1000 mg
Read this Medication Guide before you start taking levetiracetam tablets and each time you get a refill. There may be new
information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition
What is the most important information I should know about levetiracetam tablets?
Like other antiepileptic drugs, levetiracetam tablets may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people,
about 1 in 500 people taking it.
Call a healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:
- thoughts about suicide or dying
- attempts to commit suicide
- new or worse depression
- new or worse anxiety
- feeling agitated or restless
- panic attacks
- trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- new or worse irritability
- acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
- acting on dangerous impulses
- an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
- other unusual changes in behavior or mood
Do not stop levetiracetam tablets without first talking to a healthcare provider.
- Stopping levetiracetam tablets suddenly can cause serious problems. Stopping a seizure medicine suddenly can cause seizures
that will not stop (status epilepticus).
- Suicidal thoughts or actions can be caused by things other than medicines. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, your
healthcare provider may check for other causes.
How can I watch for early symptoms of suicidal thoughts and actions?
- Pay attention to any changes, especially sudden changes, in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings.
- Keep all follow-up visits with your healthcare provider as scheduled.
- Call your healthcare provider between visits as needed, especially if you are worried about symptoms.
What are levetiracetam tablets?
Levetiracetam tablets are a prescription medicine taken by mouth that are used with other medicines to treat:
- partial onset seizures in people 4 years of age and older with epilepsy
- myoclonic seizures in people 12 years of age and older with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy
- primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in people 6 years of age and older with certain types of generalized epilepsy.
It is not known if levetiracetam tablets are safe or effective in children under 4 years of age.
Before taking your medicine, make sure you have received the correct medicine. Compare the name above with the name on your
bottle and the appearance of your medicine with the description of levetiracetam tablets provided below. Contact your pharmacist
immediately if you believe a dispensing error may have occurred.
- 250 mg levetiracetam tablets are white, film-coated, round tablets debossed with M above the score and 613 below the score on one side of the tablet and blank on the other side.
- 500 mg levetiracetam tablets are white, film-coated, modified capsule-shaped tablets debossed with M to the left of the score and 615 to the right of the score on one side of the tablet and blank on the other side.
- 750 mg levetiracetam tablets are white, film-coated, modified capsule-shaped tablets debossed with M to the left of the score and 617 to the right of the score on one side of the tablet and blank on the other side.
- 1000 mg levetiracetam tablets are white, film-coated, modified capsule-shaped tablets debossed with M to the left of the score and 619 to the right of the score on one side of the tablet and blank on the other side.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before starting levetiracetam tablets?
Before taking levetiracetam tablets, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- have or have had depression, mood problems or suicidal thoughts or behavior
- have kidney problems
- are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.It is not known if levetiracetam will harm your unborn baby. You and your healthcare
provider will have to decide if you should take levetiracetam tablets while you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while
taking levetiracetam tablets, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug
Pregnancy Registry. You can enroll in this registry by calling 1-888-233-2334. The purpose of this registry is to collect
information about the safety of levetiracetam tablets and other antiepileptic medicine during pregnancy.
- are breast-feeding.Levetiracetam can pass into your milk and may harm your baby. You and your healthcare provider should discuss
whether you should take levetiracetam tablets or breast-feed; you should not do both.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins,
and herbal supplements. Do not start a new medicine without first talking with your healthcare provider.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.
How should I take levetiracetam tablets?
Take levetiracetam tablets exactly as prescribed.
- Your healthcare provider will tell you how much levetiracetam to take and when to take it. Levetiracetam tablets are usually
taken twice a day. Take levetiracetam tablets at the same times each day.
- Your healthcare provider may change your dose. Do not change your dose without talking to your healthcare provider.
- Take levetiracetam tablets with or without food.
- Swallow the tablets whole. Do not chew or crush tablets. Ask your healthcare provider for levetiracetam oral solution if you
cannot swallow tablets.
- If your healthcare provider has prescribed levetiracetam oral solution, be sure to ask your pharmacist for a medicine dropper
or medicine cup to help you measure the correct amount of levetiracetam oral solution. Do not use a household teaspoon. Ask
your pharmacist for instructions on how to use the measuring device the right way.
- If you miss a dose of levetiracetam tablets, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, just
skip the missed dose. Take the next dose at your regular time. Do not take two doses at the same time.
- If you take too much levetiracetam, call your local Poison Control Center or go to the nearest emergency room right away.
What should I avoid while taking levetiracetam tablets?
Do not drive, operate machinery or do other dangerous activities until you know how levetiracetam tablets affect you. Levetiracetam
tablets may make you dizzy or sleepy.
What are the possible side effects of levetiracetam tablets?
- See “What is the most important information I should know about levetiracetam tablets?”
Levetiracetam tablets can cause serious side effects.
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms:
- mood and behavior changes such as aggression, agitation, anger, anxiety, apathy, mood swings, depression, hostility, and irritability.
A few people may get psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are really not there), delusions
(false or strange thoughts or beliefs) and unusual behavior.
- extreme sleepiness, tiredness, and weakness
- problems with muscle coordination (problems walking and moving)
The most common side effects seen in people who take levetiracetam tablets include:
The most common side effects seen in children who take levetiracetam tablets include, in addition to those listed above:
- accidental injury
These side effects can happen at any time but happen more often within the first 4 weeks of treatment except for infection.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of levetiracetam tablets. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store levetiracetam tablets?
- Store levetiracetam tablets at room temperatureroom temperature, 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) away from heat and light.
- Keep levetiracetam tablets and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about levetiracetam tablets.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use levetiracetam tablets
for a condition for which they were not prescribed. Do not give levetiracetam tablets to other people, even if they have the
same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.
This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about levetiracetam tablets. If you would like more information,
talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about levetiracetam
tablets that is written for health professionals. You can also call 1-877-446-3679 (1-877-4-INFO-RX) for more information.
What are the ingredients of levetiracetam tablets, USP?
Levetiracetam tablets active ingredient: levetiracetam, USP.
Inactive ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline
cellulose, polydextrose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, sodium lauryl sulfate, titanium dioxide and triacetin.
Levetiracetam tablets do not contain lactose or gluten.
This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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