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Levetiracetam ER Coupon - Levetiracetam ER 500mg tablet

Generic Keppra XR

Levetiracetam ER (Keppra XR) is an expensive drug used with other medicines to treat certain types of seizures. This drug is less popular than comparable drugs. It is available in brand and generic versions. Generic levetiracetam ER is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower. Compare anti-epileptics.
Levetiracetam ER Coupon - Levetiracetam ER 500mg tablet
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What is Levetiracetam ER?

Commonly Used Brand Name(s)Keppra, Keppra XR

Therapeutic ClassificationsAnticonvulsant

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OverviewTOP

Levetiracetam is used to help control certain types of seizures in the treatment of epilepsy. This medicine cannot cure epilepsy and will only work to control seizures for as long as you continue to use it.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Proper UseTOP

Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor, to help your condition as much as possible. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. Also, do not change your dose without checking first with your doctor.

This medicine comes with a Medication Guide. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Levetiracetam may be taken with or without food or on a full or empty stomach. However, if your doctor tells you to take the medicine a certain way, take it exactly as directed. You should try to take this medicine at the same time each day.

Swallow the tablet or the extended-release tablet whole. Do not break, crush, or chew it. There is an oral liquid form of this medicine if you or your child cannot swallow the tablets.

If you are using the Spritam® tablet or the Spritam® tablet for suspension, make sure your hands are dry before you handle the tablet. Do not open the blister pack that contains the tablet until you are ready to take it. Remove the tablet from the blister pack by peeling back the foil, then taking the tablet out. Do not push the tablet through the foil. Place the tablet on your tongue and take a sip of water. After it has melted, swallow.

You may also add one whole Spritam® tablet for suspension to a small volume of liquid in a cup (1 tablespoon or enough to cover the medicine), and swirl gently. Swallow right away after it has dissolved. Then add a small volume of liquid to cup again, swirl gently, and swallow the liquid.

Measure the oral liquid with a marked measuring spoon, dropper, oral syringe, or medicine cup. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid. If you have any questions about this, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

This medicine can be used with other seizure medicines. Keep using all of your seizure medicines unless your doctor tells you to stop.

Take only the form of this medicine that your doctor prescribed. If you refill your prescription and your pills look different, do not take the medicine and tell your doctor or pharmacist right away.

DosingTOP

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (Keppra XR® extended-release tablets):
    • For partial onset seizures:
      • Adults and children 16 years and older—At first, 1000 milligrams (mg) once per day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 3000 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 16 years—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For oral dosage form (Keppra® solution or tablets):
    • For partial onset seizures:
      • Adults and children 16 years and older—At first, 500 milligrams (mg) 2 times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 3000 mg per day.
      • Children 4 to 15 years—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual starting dose is 10 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight 2 times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 60 mg per kg of body weight per day.
      • Children 6 months to 3 years—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual starting dose is 10 mg per kg of body weight 2 times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 50 mg per kg of body weight per day.
      • Children 1 to 5 months—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual starting dose is 7 mg per kg of body weight 2 times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 42 mg per kg of body weight per day.
      • Children younger than 1 month—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For juvenile myoclonic seizures:
      • Children 12 years and older—At first, 500 milligrams (mg) 2 times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 3000 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 12 years—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures:
      • Adults and children 16 years and older—At first, 500 milligrams (mg) 2 times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 3000 mg per day.
      • Children 6 to 15 years—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual starting dose is 10 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight 2 times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 60 mg per kg of body weight per day.
      • Children younger than 6 years—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For oral dosage forms (Spritam® tablets, Spritam® tablets for suspension):
    • For partial onset seizures:
      • Adults and children 4 years and older weighing over 40 kilograms (kg)—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual starting dose is 500 milligrams (mg) 2 times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 3000 mg per day.
      • Children 4 years and older weighing 20 to 40 kg—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual starting dose is 250 mg 2 times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1500 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 4 years and weighing less than 20 kg—Use is not recommended.
    • For juvenile myoclonic seizures:
      • Children 12 years and older—At first, 500 milligrams (mg) 2 times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 3000 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 12 years—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures:
      • Adults and children 6 years and older weighing over 40 kilograms (kg)—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual starting dose is 500 milligrams (mg) 2 times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 3000 mg per day.
      • Children 6 years and older weighing 20 to 40 kg—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual starting dose is 250 mg 2 times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1500 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 6 years and weighing less than 20 kg—Use is not recommended.

Missed DoseTOP

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Use & StorageTOP

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Before UsingTOP

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

AllergiesTOP

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

PediatricTOP

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of levetiracetam oral solution, tablets, or tablets for suspension in children younger than 1 month of age (Keppra®) or in children younger than 4 years of age and weighing less than 20 kilograms (Spritam®, Spritam® tablets for oral suspension), and levetiracetam extended-release tablets in children younger than 16 years of age (Keppra XR®). Safety and efficacy have not been established in these age groups.

GeriatricTOP

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of levetiracetam in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more likely to have age-related kidney problems, which may require an adjustment in the dose for patients receiving levetiracetam.

PregnancyTOP

Pregnancy CategoryExplanation
All TrimestersCAnimal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR no animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women.

Breast FeedingTOP

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Drug InteractionsTOP

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

Other InteractionsTOP

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical ProblemsTOP

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Kidney problems—Use with caution. The effects may be increased because of slower removal of the medicine from the body.

PrecautionsTOP

It is very important that your doctor check your or your child's progress at regular visits, especially for the first few months you or your child are taking this medicine. This is necessary to allow dose adjustments and to reduce any unwanted effects.

Levetiracetam may cause changes in mood or behavior, problems with coordination, or unusual tiredness or weakness. Tell your doctor right away if you or your child start to feel depressed, anxious, angry, getting upset easily, restless, or have thoughts about hurting yourself. Report any unusual thoughts or behavior that trouble you, especially if they are new or getting worse quickly.

This medicine may cause some people to become dizzy, drowsy, tired, or less alert than they are normally. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or not alert.

Serious skin reactions can occur with this medicine. Check with your doctor right away if you or your child have blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin, red skin lesions, severe acne or skin rash, sores or ulcers on the skin, or fever or chills while you are using this medicine.

Do not stop taking levetiracetam without first checking with your doctor. Stopping the medicine suddenly may cause your seizures to return or to occur more often. Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the amount you are taking before stopping it completely.

Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.

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