|Packaging Size||10 tablets|
|Brand Name||Heppra 500mg|
|Type Of Medicines||Allopathic|
Levetiracetam (Heppra 500) 500 mg tablet is a pyrrolidine drug that is used to treat various types of seizures from epileptic disorders.
Number of Pills Per Order = 10
Strength = 500 mg
Manufacturer = Healing Pharma
How To Take
This medicine may be taken with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.
If you are taking the tablet, swallow it whole with a glass of water. Do not chew, divide, or crush it.
Levetiracetam must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Levetiracetam even when you feel better. Levetiracetam is not a cure, and you may need to make it long-term to keep the seizures under control. Do not stop taking Levetiracetam unless instructed by your doctor.
Take Levetiracetam precisely as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Dosage of Levetiracetam (Heppra 500) 500 mg
Adult: Adjunct in seizures: Initial: 500 mg twice a day on the 1st day. Adjust the dose gradually. Maximum of 1,500 mg twice a day. Monotherapy for partial seizures with or without secondary generalization. Recommended starting treatment: 250 mg twice a day, increased to an initial therapeutic dose of 500 mg twice a day after two weeks. Adjust the dose gradually. Maximum of 1,500 mg twice a day.
If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular dosing schedule. If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Do not double a dose under any circumstances.
Overdose of Levetiracetam (Heppra 500) 500 mg
Signs of overdose may include the following:
- Depressed level of consciousness
- Resp depression
Seek medical help immediately.
People with the following medical conditions should not take Levetiracetam:
- Decreased blood platelets
- Low levels of white blood cells
- Low levels of a type of white blood cell called neutrophils
- Psychotic disorder
- Suicidal thoughts
- Abnormal manner of walking
- Loss of muscle coordination
- Chronic kidney disease stage 2-4
Levetiracetam may have the following side effects:
- Weight gain or loss
- Emotional lability
- Hepatic failure
- Common colds
- Upper resp tract infections
- Blood dyscrasias (e.g., neutropenia, pancytopenia, thrombocytopenia)
- Rarely, erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking or using any of these medicines:
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements, and non-prescription medicines.
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Levetiracetam.
How Does Levetiracetam (Heppra 500) 500 mg Work?
The exact mechanism through which Levetiracetam exerts its antiepileptic effects is unclear. However, studies show that Levetiracetam affects intraneuronal calcium levels by inhibiting partially the N-type calcium currents and by reducing the calcium release from intraneuronal stores. It facilitates the inhibitory transmission of GABA through the displacement of negative modulators. It also reduces delayed rectifier potassium current and binds to synaptic proteins, which modulate the release of neurotransmitters.
Levetiracetam is used to treat the following conditions:
- Adjunct in seizures
- Monotherapy for partial seizures with or without secondary generalization
Special Precautions and Connected Warnings
Take special precautions if you have the following conditions:
- Avoid abrupt withdrawal
- Renal and severe hepatic impairment
- Pregnancy and lactation
- Avoid alcohol
- Store between 20-25°C.
- Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
- Do not use Levetiracetam that is expired or out of date.