Keppra XR (Levetiracetam Extended Release) is a prescription medication used to treat partial onset seizures in adults and children at least 4 years old. Partial onset seizures originate from a single location in the brain. Tingling in the arms and legs, a general strange feeling that is hard to describe, and unusual smells or tastes are common signs of a simple partial seizure. The drug is also used to treat tonic-clonic seizures in adults and children at least 6 years old, and myoclonic seizures in adults and children at least 12 years old. The active ingredient in Keppra is Levetiracetam. Levetiracetam belongs to a class of drugs called anticonvulsants. It works by decreasing abnormal excessive neuronal discharge in the brain.
We currently offer the generic Levetiracetam from India also called Levepsy XR by Cipla in the strength of 500mg and 750mg extended-release tablets. The brand Keppra XR is not available.
Get medical help immediately if you have any of these signs or an allergic reaction while taking Keppra. The most common side effects of Keppra may include the following:
• Appetite loss;
• Feeling irritable;
• Stuffy nose
Contact your doctor right away if you have any of the severe side effects, including:
• Balance or coordination problems;
• Unusual bleeding;
• Unusual mood or behavior changes
These are not all of the side effects of Keppra. Always contact your doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms.
You should not take Keppra if you are allergic to Levetiracetam or any ingredient in Keppra. Before you start using this medication, tell your doctor about your medical history, especially if you:
• Are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed;
• Are pregnant or planning to be pregnant;
• Have kidney disease or are on dialysis;
• Have psychosis;
• Have suicidal thoughts
Tell your doctor about all your medications, including prescription, OTC, herbal supplements, and vitamins. There may be drug interactions between Keppra and chlorpromazine, cetirizine, azelastine, diazepam, brimonidine, etc. Avoid efavirenz, mefloquine, mirtazapine, orlistat, tramadol, or fentanyl. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Keppra may harm a fetus. Having a seizure during pregnancy can harm both mother and baby. Levetiracetam should only be used in pregnancy if the benefits outweigh the risks. Inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. Levetiracetam passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing baby. Take Keppra precisely as prescribed by your doctor. Take the drug by mouth at the same time each day, with or without food. Swallow the tablet whole and do not crush, chew, or break it. Do not stop taking Keppra without talking to your doctor. Seizures may increase if you stop using the drug suddenly. Levetiracetam may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Keep this medicine in its original container out of sight and reach of children. Store at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light.