Keppra XR

Generic Name: Levetiracetam

  • What is Keppra XR?

    Keppra XR is a medicine used to treat partial-onset seizures.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Keppra XR?

    Do not stop taking Keppra XR without first talking to your doctor. Stopping Keppra XR suddenly can cause serious problems, including seizures that will not stop (status epilepticus).

    Keppra XR can cause suicidal thoughts or actions. Tell your doctor immediately if you have thoughts about suicide or dying; attempt to commit suicide; have new or worse depression, anxiety, or irritability; have panic attacks; have trouble sleeping (insomnia); have an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania); are feeling agitated or restless; acting aggressive; being angry or violent; acting on dangerous impulses; or have other unusual changes in behavior or mood.

  • Who should not take Keppra XR?

    Do not take Keppra XR if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Keppra XR?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Keppra XR. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have or have had depression, mood problems, suicidal thoughts or behavior, have kidney problems, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and adolescents ≥16 years: The recommended starting dose is 1000 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor will increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

    If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

    Attempts to taper or discontinue the medication should be made at specific intervals, through the guidance of your doctor.

  • How should I take Keppra XR?

    Take Keppra XR exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Keppra XR is usually taken once a day. Take this medication at the same time each day. You can take Keppra XR with or without food. You can swallow Keppra XR tablets whole; do not chew, break, or crush the tablets. Do not change your dose or stop taking this medication abruptly without first talking to your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Keppra XR?

    Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in dangerous activities until you know how Keppra XR affects you. Keppra XR can make you dizzy or sleepy.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Keppra XR?

    If Keppra XR is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Keppra XR with probenecid.

  • What are the possible side effects of Keppra XR?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: aggression, agitation, anger, anxiety, delusions (false or strange thoughts or beliefs), depression, dizziness, hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are really not there), hostility, infections, irritability, lack of interest, mood swings, problems with muscle coordination, sleepiness, tiredness, unusual behavior, weakness

  • Can I receive Keppra XR if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Keppra XR during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Keppra XR can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Keppra XR?

    If you miss a dose of Keppra XR, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Keppra XR?

    Store at room temperature and away from heat and light.