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Composition for EPICTAL

Levetiracetam(250 mg)

food interaction for EPICTAL

alcohol interaction for EPICTAL

pregnancy interaction for EPICTAL

lactation interaction for EPICTAL

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Epictal 250mg tablet at a fixed time.
Epictal 250mg tablet may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
Epictal 250mg tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.


Levetiracetam(250 mg)


Epictal 250mg tablet is used to treat certain type of seizures like partial onset seizures, tonic-clonic or myoclonic in people with epilepsy.

How it works

Epictal 250mg tablet belongs to a class of medication called anti-convulsants. It works by decreasing abnormal excitation of the brain.

Common side effects

Psychosis, Infection, Acne, Anxiety, Behavioual changes, Constipation, Cough, Depression, Hair loss, Headache, Lack of interest, Nausea, Sleepiness, Vertigo, Weakness


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Expert advice for EPICTAL

  • You can experience drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, or respiratory infections while on this drug.
  • If you start having skin rashes or changes in your mood, tell your doctor immediately.
  • It should not be taken by patients who are allergic to levetiracetam or any of the other ingredients of the tablet.
  • Do not stop taking levetiracetam without talking to your doctor, even if you experience side effects such as unusual changes in behavior or mood. If you suddenly stop taking levetiracetam, your seizures may become worse.
  • Consult your doctor before taking levetiracetam if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breast feeding.
  • It should not be given to a child who is lesser than 1 month old.

Frequently asked questions for EPICTAL


Q. Is levetiracetam a steroid/ MAOI /narcotic/ controlled substance/ opiate/ a psychotropic/ a benzodiazepine?
Levetiracetam belongs to a class of medication called anticonvulsants. It is not a steroid/ MAOI/ narcotic/ controlled substance/ opiate/ psychotropic/ benzodiazepine. It is structurally similar to prototypical nootropic drug piracetam.
Q. Is levetiracetam same as Keppra?
Yes, Keppra is the brand name of the drug levetiracetam.
Q. Does levetiracetam contain acetaminophen?
Levetiracetam does not contain acetaminophen.
Q. Is levetiracetam an enzyme inducer?
The exact mechanism of action is unclear, but it is believed to be acting like a neuromodulator.
Q. Does levetiracetam cause memory loss/ tiredness/ constipation/ weight gain/ hairloss/acne?
The common side effects of levetiracetam are tiredness, memory loss, and constipation. However, levetiracetam causing the side effects such as weight gain, hair loss acne are not known. Always consult your doctor if you experience such side effects 
 Q. Can I take ibuprofen or paracetamol with levetiracetam? 
There are no known drug-drug interactions between levetiracetam and paracetamol/ ibuprofen. But doctor’s advice should be followed about taking both the medications together.


Content on this page was last updated on 28 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)