Keppra is a type of anticonvulsant that is used to treat epilepsy and other types of convulsions. This medication works best when combined with other epileptic drugs. Keppra is also known as Levetiracetam among medical professionals.
How It works
It is not known how exactly this medication affects the body and treats convulsions. However, it has been perceived that it works by affecting certain chemicals in the body.
The medication is mainly used to treat convulsions, fits and seizures. It is highly useful in treating epileptic fits. This medication has reduced convulsions among both adults and children to a significant extent.
The dose will be determined by your healthcare provider according to your medical condition, response to treatment and medical history. Do not chew or bite the tablet since it can increase the risk of side effects. If you are consuming this medication in liquid form, then make sure to use a measuring device or spoon to get the right dosage. This will prevent you from overdosing.
This drug works best when it is maintained at a constant level within the body. Thus, make sure to take the medication between well-spaced intervals. Taking the medication at the same time every day will help you to remember your dose. In order to benefit from this medication you must take it regularly. Thus, do not skip or miss your dose. If you forget your dose, do not double it the next time. Take it as soon as you remember.
The following are some side effects of this medication that you need to be aware about.
Changes in mood
Problems with movement
Signs of infection
Severe skin reaction
Although you might not experience all these symptoms, it is best to keep an eye out for all of them. If you do experience any of them, contact your healthcare provider for immediate medical attention.
By following the precautions given below, you will be able to reduce the risk of the above side effects to a significant extent.
Do not consume alcohol. This can increase the risk of side effects and might even cause more seizures
Do not drive or operate machinery since this medication can impair your thinking
This medication can cause suicidal thoughts. Thus, do not miss scheduled appointments with your physician
Do not give this medication to children under the age of 1
Inform your physician about your medical history
Inform your pharmacist about your current medications including prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, herbal medications and other supplements
Check whether you are allergic to any of the ingredients used in the medication
Seizure control is extremely important during pregnancy. Experiencing seizures during this period is dangerous for both the mother and the child. Thus, using this medication during this period is actually beneficial. However, it is best to discuss its use and benefits well ahead with your physician,
Seizures are often prevented by using a combination of drugs. Keppra works best when used along with other seizure medications. Thus, make sure to take other drugs for this condition along with Keppra.