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Levilex 500 Tablet

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Overview

Introduction

Levilex 500 Tablet is an anti-epileptic medicine used to treat seizures (fits) in epilepsy. It can be used alone or along with other medicines. It helps to prevent seizures for as long as you continue to take it.

Levilex 500 Tablet suppresses the abnormal electrical activity in the brain. You can take it with or without food but try to take it at the same time each day to get the most benefit. The dose will depend on your condition and how you respond to the medicine. Your doctor will advise the right dose for you. It is generally advised as a long-term treatment. You should continue taking it for as long as your doctor has told you to, even if you feel well. If you stop or miss doses your seizures could get worse.

Some common side effects of this medicine include dizziness, headache, infection, irritation, nasal congestion (stuffy nose), sleepiness, aggressive behavior, and decreased appetite. You may also experience behavioral changes, aggressive behavior, irritation, agitation, etc. Side effects are more common during the first few weeks and usually lessen as your body gets used to the medicine. Most of these side effects do not need medical attention, but some of them can be serious. A small number of people being treated with this medicine have had thoughts of harming or killing themselves. Contact your doctor if your mood changes for the worse.

Before taking it, you should tell your doctor if you have kidney problems, depression or suicidal thoughts and if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding. Your doctor may suggest regular blood tests to monitor your kidney function frequently while taking this medicine.

Uses of Levilex Tablet

Side effects of Levilex Tablet

Common
  • Sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Decreased appetite
  • Behavioural changes
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Irritation
  • Agitation
  • Nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
  • Infection

How to use Levilex Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Levilex 500 Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Levilex Tablet works

Levilex 500 Tablet is an antiepileptic medication. It works by attaching to specific sites (SV2A) on the surfaces of nerve cells. This suppresses the abnormal activity of the nerve cells in the brain and prevents the spread of electrical signals that cause seizures.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Levilex 500 Tablet.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Levilex 500 Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Levilex 500 Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Monitor the baby for sleepiness and adequate weight gain.
Driving
UNSAFE
Levilex 500 Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Levilex 500 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Levilex 500 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Levilex 500 Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Levilex 500 Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
However, a lower dose may be advised in patients with severe liver disease.

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Quick Tips

  • Levilex 500 Tablet should be taken regularly as directed by your doctor as missing doses can trigger seizures.
  • Do not change the brand of your medicine and make sure that you have sufficient amount of medicine present with you.
  • Some healthy tips to prevent seizures:
    • Take a healthy diet along with regular exercise.
    • Practice yoga every day.
    • Get enough sleep at nighttime.
    • Limit the use of screen time such as mobile/ laptop.
    • Take your medication on time.
  • It may cause sleepiness or drowsiness. If this happens to you, do not drive or use machinery.
  • Do not stop using Levilex 500 Tablet without talking to your doctor, even if you feel better.

Patient Concerns

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my self govind my son PATIENT 6 year old he had 4 seizures 1st in oct 2012,2nd in dec 2014,3rd in jan 2017 and now it early repeat on 15 march 2017. from 2014 we are giving him continuous levilex syrup but still it repeat. his MIR is normal (both standard or epileptic 3D) but EEG is abnormal. currently from 25 march Dr. has prescribe him additional YOGAZAM-5 and DILEX CHROMO 200 i don't know why due to drugs or mental condition but he behaves very abnormal and forgetting things plz suggest me does medicines continue or not
Dr. Vikas Sharma
Neurology
levilex may need to be reduced
?? ???? ?????? ?? ?????? ?? ?? ??? encorate Charon 200 500 tablet use krta hu kya iska koi solution h Jisse main completely thk ho jau
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatry
Epilepsy requires regular treatment with anticonvulsants like encorate chrono for at least 3 years of seizure free period after which medicines may be tapered off unless seizures reappear. At present, there are no other effective treatment options.
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FAQs

Q. Will the use of Levilex affect my fertility?

Levilex is not known to affect fertility in males or females. However, talk to your doctor if you are facing fertility issues while taking this medicine.

Q. Can the use of Levilex cause sleepiness?

Yes, Levilex can make you feel sleepy. As a precautionary measure, do not drive, operate machinery, work at heights, or do anything that needs concentration, until you know how this medicine affects you.

Q. I have gained weight since I started taking Levilex. Is it because of Levilex? What should I do?

Weight gain is an uncommon side effect of Levilex. However, the response may vary from person to person. To prevent weight gain you should take a healthy balanced diet, avoid snacking, cut down on high-calorie food items, include more vegetables and fruits in your diet and exercise regularly. If you still have issues with your weight, consult your doctor.

Q. What should I do if I have missed a dose of Levilex?

If you have missed a dose of Levilex, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip it and take the next dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose, as this may increase the chance of side effects. If you are not sure what to do, you can contact your doctor.

Q. How long does Levilex take to show its effect?

Levilex may take a few weeks to start working properly since the dose is increased slowly. Your seizures may continue until Levilex starts working completely.

Q. For how long do I need to take Levilex?

You should continue to take Levilex for as long as your doctor advises you to. Do not stop taking it suddenly because this may increase the frequency of seizures which may be difficult to control.

Q. Will I get addicted to Levilex if I use it for a long time?

No, Levilex is not habit forming. No physical or psychological dependence has been reported with Levilex.

Q. What symptoms can occur if someone takes an excess of Levilex?

If someone taken an excess of Levilex, it can cause sleepiness, agitation, aggression, decrease of alertness, inhibition of breathing and even a state of coma. Get emergency medical help or rush to the nearby hospital in case someone has taken an overdose of Levilex.

Q. How do I come off Levilex?

The dose of Levilex should be slowly reduced and it may take a few months before you can stop it completely. Do not reduce the dose without asking your doctor. However, if you get a serious side effect, such as a severe skin reaction, your doctor may tell you to stop taking Levilex straight away, even if you have epilepsy.

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