A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. This medicine may be taken on an empty stomach or with food.
Store this medicine at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. To prevent seizures, continue taking this medicine on a regular schedule. If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Apart from the active ingredient levetiracetam, Keppra also includes inactive ingredients which are:
Do not stop using this medication without first checking with your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the medicine is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be slowly decreased to avoid side effects.
Keep all doctor and laboratory appointments while you are taking this medicine. Medical and laboratory tests may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Contact your doctor for more information. This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness.
Do not drive, operate machinery or do anything that could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
This medicine is excreted in breast milk. Do not breastfeed while taking this medicine.