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Levetiracetam

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Anticonvulsant KEPPRA®, Levetiracetam Sandoz Children, Adult

Levetiracetam - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Levetiracetam cause?

Generally, the common side effects tend to occur at the beginning of treatment. Such side effects may include:

  • Dizziness, drowsiness, headache, tiredness, weakness, double vision. Be careful when using over-the-counter medications for your child. Medications for allergy or cold can add on to the drowsiness. Be sure to supervise your child when he/she is involved in activities such as cycling or swimming.
  • Unusual behavioral changes such as anxiety, depression, irritability, aggression etc.
  • Neck pain, problems with balance/coordination, tingling or prickling sensation on skin.
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, indigestion and loss of appetite. If the medicine upsets the stomach, take it with food, but do not take it with carbonated drinks.
  • Cough, sore throat, allergic nose.

Inform your doctor if any of the above side effects lasts for more than a few days or if they become serious or bothersome.

Rare but serious side effects may sometimes occur. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:

  • Hallucinations (Seeing or hearing things that are not there).
  • Skin rash, itchy or peeling skin.
  • Unusual bruises or bleeding, prolonged fever, sore throat, mouth sores.

Inform your doctor if you notice any other unusual symptoms. Always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist if you or your child has any problems or difficulties during or after taking levetiracetam.

Before taking Levetiracetam, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Levetiracetam?

  • Tags: Levetiracetam
  • Updated on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

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