What is levetiracetam?
Why is this medication prescribed? Levetiracetam is used to treat partial-onset seizures (seizures that involve only one part of the brain) in adults and children 1 month of age and older.
Is levetiracetam effective in the treatment of status epilepticus?
Interpretation: Children, adults, and older adults with established status epilepticus respond similarly to levetiracetam, fosphenytoin, and valproate, with treatment success in approximately half of patients.
How do I stop taking levetiracetam?
If you need to stop the drug, you should do so by reducing by 1 tablet each day until you are off the medicine. No blood monitoring is needed while on Levetiracetam. More information is available at www.keppra.com. LEVETIRACETAM (By mouth) Levetiracetam (lee-ve-tye-RA-se-tam) Treats seizures that are caused by epilepsy.
How does phenytoin compare to levetiracetam for seizures?
Consequently, phenytoin has recently fallen under scrutiny in the research world, prompting many studies to compare its efficacy to these other drugs, most notably levetiracetam. Levetiracetam is a second-generation AED, which is gaining wide clinical use as the second-line agent in treating SE patients.
Is levetiracetam effective for seizure prophylaxis in patients with traumatic brain injury?
Background: Levetiracetam is commonly used for seizure prophylaxis in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), traumatic brain injury (TBI), supratentorial neurosurgery, and spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). However, its efficacy, optimal dosing, and the adverse events associated with levetiracetam prophylaxis remain unclear.
How do you give levetiracetam?
Levetiracetam tablets are given orally with or without food. The Levetiracetam dosing regimen depends on the indication, age group, dosage form (tablets or oral solution), and renal function. Prescribe the oral solution for pediatric patients with body weight ≤ 20 kg.
Is there a generic version of basic advanced levetiracetam?
Basic Advanced Levetiracetam (lev-eh-teer-ASS-eh-tam) is the generic name (non-brand name) for the drug called Keppra (KEP-ruh). Keppra is a widely used seizure medicine from UCB. Keppra is available in many countries, but the name or look may be different.