- What is Levetiracetam Teva?
- How is Levetiracetam Teva used?
- How does Levetiracetam Teva work?
- How has Levetiracetam Teva been studied?
- What are the benefits and risks of Levetiracetam Teva?
- Why has Levetiracetam Teva been approved?
- What measures are being taken to ensure the safe and effective use of Levetiracetam Teva?
This is a summary of the European public assessment report (EPAR) for Levetiracetam Teva. It explains how the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) assessed the medicine to reach its opinion in favour of granting a marketing authorisation and its recommendations on the conditions of use for Levetiracetam Teva.
What is Levetiracetam Teva?
Levetiracetam Teva is a medicine that contains the active substance levetiracetam. It is available as tablets (250 mg, 500 mg, 750 mg and 1,000 mg).
Levetiracetam Teva is a ‘generic medicine’. This means that Levetiracetam Teva is similar to a ‘reference medicine’ already authorised in the European Union (EU) called Keppra. For more information on generic medicines, see the
What is Levetiracetam Teva used for?
Levetiracetam Teva can be used on its own in patients from 16 years of age with newly diagnosed epilepsy, to treat
Levetiracetam Teva can also be used as an
•myoclonic seizures (short,
The medicine can only be obtained with a prescription.
How is Levetiracetam Teva used?
When Levetiracetam Teva is used on its own, the starting dose is 250 mg twice a day, increasing two weeks later to 500 mg twice a day. The dose can be further increased at
When Levetiracetam Teva is added to another epilepsy treatment, the starting dose in patients over 12 years weighing more than 50 kg is 500 mg twice a day. The daily dose can be increased up to 1,500 mg twice a day. For patients weighing less than 50 kg, the dose depends on body weight. Patients unable to swallow should be given a solution containing levetiracetam.
Lower doses are used in patients who have problems with their kidneys (such as older patients). Levetiracetam Teva tablets are swallowed with liquid.
How does Levetiracetam Teva work?
The active substance in Levetiracetam Teva, levetiracetam, is an epilepsy medicine. Epilepsy is caused by excessive electrical activity in the brain. The exact way in which levetiracetam works is still unclear but it attaches to a protein called synaptic vesicle protein 2A, which is involved in the release of chemical messengers from nerve cells. This helps Levetiracetam Teva to stabilise electrical activity in the brain and prevent seizures.
How has Levetiracetam Teva been studied?
Because Levetiracetam Teva is a generic medicine, studies in people have been limited to tests to determine that it is bioequivalent to the reference medicine, Keppra. Two medicines are bioequivalent when they produce the same levels of the active substance in the body.
What are the benefits and risks of Levetiracetam Teva?
Because Levetiracetam Teva is a generic medicine and is bioequivalent to the reference medicine, its benefits and risks are taken as being the same as the reference medicine’s.
Why has Levetiracetam Teva been approved?
The CHMP concluded that, in accordance with EU requirements, Levetiracetam Teva has been shown to have comparable quality and to be bioequivalent to Keppra. Therefore, the CHMP’s view was that, as for Keppra, the benefit outweighs the identified risk. The Committee recommended that Levetiracetam Teva be given marketing authorisation.
What measures are being taken to ensure the safe and effective use of Levetiracetam Teva?
Recommendations and precautions to be followed by healthcare professionals and patients for the safe and effective use of Levetiracetam Teva have been included in the summary of product characteristics and the package leaflet.
Other information about Levetiracetam Teva
The European Commission granted a marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union for Levetiracetam Teva on 26 August 2011.
The full EPAR for Levetiracetam Teva can be found on the Agency’s website: ema.europa.eu/Find medicine/Human medicines/European Public Assessment Reports. For more information about treatment with Levetiracetam Teva, read the package leaflet (also part of the EPAR) or contact your doctor or pharmacist.
The full EPAR for the reference medicine can also be found on the Agency’s website.
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