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Keppra

Last updated on 19/10/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Levetiracetam

CHINESE NAME: 優閒

DRUG CLASS: Anticonvulsants

SUB CLASS: Miscellaneous anticonvulsants

USED FOR: Partial seizures, Primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, Myoclonic seizures

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 250mg, 500mg, 1000mg (tablets)
– 100mg/ml (oral solution)
– 500mg/ml (infusion)

What is Keppra for?

Keppra is a brand product that contains Levetiracetam, which is a type of anticonvulsant. It works on different pathways to regulate chemical signals in the brain. It is used to treat partial seizures, primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and myoclonic seizures.

How to use it?

Keppra is available as tablets and injection. The usual starting dose for adults is 500 mg twice daily, and can be increased by 500 mg twice daily every 2 weeks to the recommended dose of 1500 mg twice daily.

Keppra is also available as an oral solution, which is preferred for pediatric patients with body weight ≤ 20 kg. For pediatric patients, please refer to Levetiracetam for specific indication and dosing.

What are the side effects of Keppra?

Common side effects of Keppra include sleepiness, dizziness and irritability.

Who should not take Keppra?

People who are allergic to Levetiracetam or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Continue to take Keppra even if you feel well.
– As Keppra can cause drowsiness, do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Keppra affects you.

Common dosing schedule:
Keppra can be administered with or without food, and is usually taken twice daily.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Keppra may interact with:
Methotrexate
Probenecid

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Keppra in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Keppra is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Keppra in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.