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300 ml X 100 mg/ml
The oral solution may be diluted in a glass of water and may be taken with or without food. A graduated oral syringe, an adaptor for the syringe and instructions for use in the package leaflet are provided with Keppra. The daily dose is administered in two equally divided doses. • Monotherapy
Adults and adolescents from 16 years of age: The recommended starting dose is 250 mg twice daily which should be increased to an initial therapeutic dose of 500 mg twice daily after two weeks. The dose can be further increased by 250 mg twice daily every two weeks depending upon the clinical response. The maximum dose is 1500 mg twice daily.
Adults (≥18 years) and adolescents (12 to 17 years) weighing 50 kg or more: The initial therapeutic dose is 500 mg twice daily. This dose can be started on the first day of treatment. Depending upon the clinical response and tolerability, the daily dose can be increased up to 1,500 mg twice daily. Dose changes can be made in 500 mg twice daily increases or decreases every two to four weeks.
Elderly (65 years and older): Adjustment of the dose is recommended in elderly patients with compromised renal function. Children aged 4 to 11 years and adolescents (12 to 17 years) weighing less than 50 kg The initial therapeutic dose is 10 mg/kg twice daily. Depending upon the clinical response and tolerability, the dose can be increased up to 30 mg/kg twice daily. Dose changes should not exceed increases or decreases of 10 mg/kg twice daily every two weeks. The lowest effective dose should be used. Dosage in children 50 kg or greater is the same as in adults. The physician should prescribe the most appropriate pharmaceutical form and strength according to weight and dose.
Keppra is indicated as monotherapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures with or without secondary generalisation in patients from 16 years of age with newly diagnosed epilepsy. Keppra is indicated as adjunctive therapy:
In the treatment of partial onset seizures with or without secondary generalisation in adults and children from 4 years of age with epilepsy.
In the treatment of myoclonic seizures in adults and adolescents from 12 years of age with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy.
In the treatment of primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures in adults and adolescents from 12 years of age with Idiopathic Generalised Epilepsy.
Hypersensitivity to levetiracetam or other pyrrolidone derivatives or any of the excipients.
In accordance with current clinical practice, if Keppra has to be discontinued it is recommended to withdraw it gradually (e.g. in adults: 500 mg decreases twice daily every two to four weeks; in children: dose decrease should not exceed 10 mg/kg twice daily every two weeks). Available data in children did not suggest impact on growth and puberty. However, long term effects on learning, intelligence, growth, endocrine function, puberty and childbearing potential in children remain unknown. An increase in seizure frequency of more than 25% was reported in 14% of levetiracetam treated adult and paediatric patients with partial onset seizures, whereas it was reported in 26% and 21% of placebo treated adult and paediatric patients, respectively. When Keppra was used to treat primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures in adults and adolescents with idiopathic generalised epilepsy, there was no effect on the frequency of absences. The administration of Keppra to patients with renal impairment may require dose adjustment. In patients with severely impaired hepatic function, assessment of renal function is recommended before dose selection. Suicide, suicide attempt and suicidal ideation have been reported in patients treated with levetiracetam. Patients should be advised to immediately report any symptoms of depression and/or suicidal ideation to their prescribing physician. Keppra 100 mg/ml oral solution includes methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218) and propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216) which may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed). It also includes maltitol; patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance should not take this medicine.
Pregnancy and lactation: Should not be used during pregnancy unless clearly necessary. Discontinuation of antiepileptic treatments may result in worsening of disease, harmful to the mother and fetus. Breast-feeding is not recommended. Caution is recommended when performing skilled tasks, e.g. driving vehicles and operating machinery.
Summary of the safety profile: The adverse event profile presented is based on the analysis of pooled placebo-controlled clinical trials with all indications studied, with a total of 3,416 patients treated with levetiracetam. These data are supplemented with the use of levetiracetam in corresponding open-label extension studies, as well as postmarketing experience. The most frequently reported adverse reactions were nasopharyngitis, somnolence, headache, fatigue and dizziness. The safety profile of levetiracetam is generally similar across age groups (adult and paediatric patients) and across the approved epilepsy indications.
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Pre-marketing data from clinical studies conducted in adults indicate that Keppra did not influence the serum concentrations of existing antiepileptic medicinal products (phenytoin, carbamazepine, valproic acid, phenobarbital, lamotrigine, gabapentin and primidone) and that these antiepileptic medicinal products did not influence the pharmacokinetics of Keppra. As in adults, there is no evidence of clinically significant medicinal product interactions in paediatric patients receiving up to 60 mg/kg/day levetiracetam. A retrospective assessment of pharmacokinetic interactions in children and adolescents with epilepsy (4 to 17 years) confirmed that adjunctive therapy with orally administered levetiracetam did not influence the steadystate serum concentrations of concomitantly administered carbamazepine and valproate. However, data suggested a 22% higher levetiracetam clearance in children taking enzyme-inducing antiepileptic medicinal products. Dosage adjustment is not required. Probenecid (500 mg four times daily), a renal tubular secretion blocking agent, has been shown to inhibit the renal clearance of the primary metabolite but not of levetiracetam. Nevertheless, the concentration of this metabolite remains low. It is expected that other medicinal products excreted by active tubular secretion could also reduce the renal clearance of the metabolite. The effect of levetiracetam on probenecid was not studied and the effect of levetiracetam on other actively secreted medicinal products, e.g. NSAIDs, sulfonamides and methotrexate, is unknown. Levetiracetam 1,000 mg daily did not influence the pharmacokinetics of oral contraceptives (ethinyl-estradiol and levonorgestrel); endocrine parameters (luteinizing hormone and progesterone) were not modified. Levetiracetam 2,000 mg daily did not influence the pharmacokinetics of digoxin and warfarin; prothrombin times were not modified. Co-administration with digoxin, oral contraceptives and warfarin did not influence the pharmacokinetics of levetiracetam. 4 No data on the influence of antacids on the absorption of levetiracetam are available. The extent of absorption of levetiracetam was not altered by food, but the rate of absorption was slightly reduced. No data on the interaction of levetiracetam with alcohol are available.
Pregnancy and Lactation
There are no adequate data from the use of Keppra in pregnant women. Studies in animals have shown reproductive toxicity. The potential risk for human is unknown. Keppra should not be used during pregnancy unless clearly necessary. As with other antiepileptic drugs, physiological changes during pregnancy may affect levetiracetam concentration. There have been reports of decreased levetiracetam concentration during pregnancy. Discontinuation of antiepileptic treatments may result in exacerbation of the disease which could be harmful to the mother and the foetus. Levetiracetam is excreted in human breast milk. Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended. However, if levetiracetam treatment is needed during breastfeeding, the benefit/risk of the treatment should be weighed considering the importance of breastfeeding
Fertility: No impact on fertility was detected in animal studies. No clinical data are available, potential risk for human is unknown.
Symptoms: Somnolence, agitation, aggression, depressed level of consciousness, respiratory depression and coma were observed with Keppra overdoses.
Management of overdose: After an acute overdose, the stomach may be emptied by gastric lavage or by induction of emesis. There is no specific antidote for levetiracetam. Treatment of an overdose will be symptomatic and may include haemodialysis. The dialyser extraction efficiency is 60 % for levetiracetam and 74 % for the primary metabolite.