Manufacturer: UCB India Pvt Ltd
MRP: Rs. 57.02
Unit Price: Rs. 5.70
Package Price: Rs. 57.02 (Qty.: 10)
Package Form: strip
Medicine Form: tablet
What is Keppra?
Keppra is an anti-epileptic medicine which helps to control seizures by exerting a calming effect on the nerves. It controls the over activity of nerve cells and prevents an epileptic seizure.
Composition of Keppra:
The active ingredient in Keppra is Levetiracetam. It acts on the areas of brain from where the epileptic seizure is generated, and blocks the signals. Levetiracetam acts via the medium of neutral ingredients which are also part of Keppra tablet.
What is Keppra Used For?
Keppra is used for treatment of epilepsy that is associated with seizures. The drug should be administered only after consulting with a neurologist. The dose of Keppra can vary for each patient depending on the severity of epilepsy.
Side Effects of Keppra:
Keppra has a calming effect over the nerves and brain cells. This property of the medicine can bring about side effects in some patients. These side effects have been mentioned below:
- Increased desire to sleep
- Reduced attention span and concentration
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficult breathing
- Joint pain
Every side effect does not manifest in each patient, but it helps patients to be aware of their own health.
Precautions for Keppra Consumption:
Keppra acts as a calming agent for irritated nerve and brain cells. But if taken without medical indication, Keppra can have unfavorable drug reactions. To avoid these reactions, it is important to consider the following points:
- Keppra should be taken only after it has been prescribed by a neurologist.
- Effects of this drug on pediatric patients have not been established clearly. Therefore, the medicine should not be used for children unless a pediatrician advises to do so.
- The dose of Keppra should not be stopped even if epileptic seizures stop completely. It has to be continued for as long as the neurologist advises.
- Keppra can lead to dizziness and excessive desire to sleep. Therefore, driving a vehicle or performing any tasks which require mental acuity are to be avoided immediately after a dose of Keppra.
- Patients should inform their doctor about any other medication they may be on, before starting a course of Keppra. This is done to avoid harmful drug interactions.
The above mentioned and any other instructions regarding usage of Keppra should be followed in order to avoid harmful drug reaction.
Given below is a list of drugs which resemble Keppra in terms of chemical composition and medicinal effect:
- Epicetam Tablet
- Epitra Tablet
- Confilev Tablet
- Levepsy Tablet
Using these medicines in place of Keppra is advisable only if the neurologist feels like changing the medicine
- Is Keppra safe during pregnancy?
Pregnant women should not use Keppra as it will tend to hamper growth and development of the unborn baby. Lactating mothers too are advised to avoid consumption of Keppra as its effects can be passed on to the new born baby through breast milk.
- Can Keppra be used to treat sensory epilepsy?
Sensory epilepsy is a condition in which there is no seizure, only over action of nerve cells. Medication for sensory epilepsy may not be the same as what is used for epilepsy associated with seizure. Keppra should not be taken for sensory epilepsy without consulting with a neurologist.