LEVETIRACETAM- Uses Warning Side effects Precautions Overdose & Brands-Watsons Health
Watsons Health

LEVETIRACETAM

Levetiracetam is a drug that is also known as an anticonvulsant and an antiepileptic. Its exact mechanism of action is unknown but it has been shown to affect calcium levels in the nerve cells by partial inhibition of N-type calcium currents and by decreasing the release of calcium from the nerve cells. It also facilitates GABAergic inhibitory transmission and binds to synaptic proteins that control the release of neurotransmitters.

Levetiracetam is used in the treatment of seizures.

  • Anemia
  • Decreased white blood cells
  • Psychotic disorder
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Allergies to Pyrrolidone analogues

Levetiracetam may have the following side effects:

  • Somnolence
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Anorexia
  • Diarrhea
  • Dyspepsia
  • Nausea
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Myalgia
  • Ataxia
  • Hepatic failure
  • Rarely, erythema multiforme
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis

Take extra caution in patients with the following medines:

  • Kidney and/or severe liver impairment
  • Pregnancy
  • Lactation

 

Interactions

Levetiracetam l may interact with the following medicines:

Levetiracetam may interact with Methotrexate.

 Symptoms of overdose include the following:

  • Somnolence
  • Agitation
  • Aggression
  • Depressed level of consciousness
  • Respiratory depression
  • Coma

Seek medical help immediately.

Available Brands:

Epsytam, Ivetra, Julitam, Kepdin, Keppra, Lentira, Letram, Levipil, Levit, Dretacen, Vexlev

Related Articles

RILMENIDINE

Rilmenidine is an antihypertensive agent that is centrally-acting. It works by activating the central receptors of imidazoline and has an [...]

QUINAPRIL + HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide both decrease blood pressure via different but complementary mechanisms. Quinapril, a prodrug of quinaprilat, is an ACE [...]

NORETHISTERONE

Norethisterone has the usual effects of a progestogen and transforms the endometrium from the secretory to the proliferative process. It [...]