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    Information about Brivaracetam

    Brivaracetam uses

    Brivaracetam is used in the treatment of epilepsy/seizures.

    How brivaracetam works

    Brivaracetam is an antiepileptic medication. It works by attaching itself 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.

    Common side effects of brivaracetam

    Dizziness, Fatigue, Nausea, Sleepiness, Vomiting, Constipation, Irritation
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    Expert advice for Brivaracetam

    • Brivaracetam 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.
    • Inform your doctor if you have a history of liver disease, kidney disease or drug abuse.
    • Do not stop using Brivaracetam without talking to your doctor, even if you feel better.

    Frequently asked questions for Brivaracetam


    Q. Can I crush and take Brivaracetam?

    No, do not crush Brivaracetam. It is recommended that you swallow the whole tablet with a glass of water. You can take Brivaracetam with or without food, preferably at the same time.

    Q. What if I miss a dose of Brivaracetam?

    If you have missed a dose of Brivaracetam, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.

    Q. Can I stop taking Brivaracetam if I start feeling better?

    No, Brivaracetam should not be stopped even if you start feeling better. Suddenly stopping the medicine may cause continuous seizures which can be difficult to control. You should consult your doctor who will advise you to discontinue Brivaracetam gradually.

    Q. What should I avoid while taking Brivaracetam?

    Brivaracetam may cause drowsiness, tiredness, dizziness, and problems with your balance and coordination. Therefore, you should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you know how the medicine affects you. Also, you should avoid alcohol while taking this medicine as you may experience unwanted effects on memory and attention.

    Q. What if I accidentally take more than the recommended dose of Brivaracetam?

    If you take more than the recommended dose of Brivaracetam, you may experience a spinning sensation, balance disorder, fatigue, nausea, double vision, anxiety and slow heartbeat. Consult your doctor immediately if you experience any such symptoms.

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    Content on this page was last updated on 17 March, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)