Levetiracetam

About

Levetiracetam is an anti convulsant used to control seizures/fits. It can be useful in multiple types of seizures. It has been found to be effective in focal, generalised and myoclonic seizure disorders.

Levetiracetam must be prescribed by a doctor. You should never give your child anyone else's medications.

 

Disclaimer

The information provided in this handout is limited and does not replace the need for a  medical consultation. It is very important you speak to your doctor about all aspects of your medication including side effects when medication is first prescribed. Report any concerns to your doctor promptly.

Side effects

All medications have side effects. Not everyone will experience side effects.

Levetiracetam has a good side effect profile with very few drug interactions.

Below are some of the possible side effects your child may experience:

Common Side Effects

  • Drowsiness
  • Behaviour or mood changes: e.g. anxiety, agitation, oppositional behaviour
  • Aggression can occur and lead to cessation of drug
  • Ataxia (unsteady walking)
  • Dizziness

Rare Side Effects

  • Rash
  • Blood disorders
  • Liver dysfunction
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Psychosis

Interactions

Levetiracetam has very few drug interactionsYour Doctor will check and make sure that other drugs your child is taking are compatible with Levetiracetam. This is also important if you are giving your child herbal or complementary medicines. The doctor can check to make sure they are compatible.

Need-to-know

Monitoring and medication levels

Vitamin D may be affected by Levetiracetam so occasional blood tests may be performed. If you have any questions please ask your doctor.

Pregnancy and contraception

Levetiracetam has a lower risk of malformations compared to other antiepileptic drugs. If a pregnancy is planned a discussion with your neurologist is recommended.

For further information, refer to the Contraception and Pregnancy section.