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Keppra (Levetiracetam) - Side Effects and Adverse Reactions

 
 



ADVERSE REACTIONS

The following adverse reactions are discussed in more details in other sections of labeling:

  • Psychiatric Reactions [see Warnings and Precautions ]
  • Suicidal Behavior And Ideation [see Warnings and Precautions ]
  • Somnolence And Fatigue [see Warnings and Precautions ]
  • Serious Dermatological Reactions [see Warnings and Precautions ]
  • Coordination Difficulties [see Warnings and Precautions ]
  • Withdrawal Seizures [see Warnings and Precautions ]
  • Hematologic Abnormalities [see Warnings and Precautions ]

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

The prescriber should be aware that the adverse reaction incidence figures in the following table, obtained when KEPPRA XR was added to concurrent AED therapy, cannot be used to predict the frequency of adverse reactions in the course of usual medical practice where patient characteristics and other factors may differ from those prevailing during clinical trials. Similarly, the cited frequencies cannot be directly compared with figures obtained from other clinical investigations involving different treatments, uses, or investigators. An inspection of these frequencies, however, does provide the prescriber with one basis to estimate the relative contribution of drug and non-drug factors to the adverse reaction incidences in the population studied.

KEPPRA XR Tablets

In the controlled clinical study using KEPPRA XR in patients with partial onset seizures (Study 1), the most frequently reported adverse reactions in patients receiving KEPPRA XR in combination with other AEDs, for events with rates greater than placebo, were irritability and somnolence.

Table 3 lists adverse reactions that occurred in at least 5% of epilepsy patients treated with KEPPRA XR participating in the placebo-controlled study (Study 1) and were numerically more common than in patients treated with placebo. In this study, either KEPPRA XR or placebo was added to concurrent AED therapy. Adverse reactions were usually mild to moderate in intensity.

Table 3: Incidence (%) Of Adverse Reactions In The Placebo-Controlled, Add-On Study By Body System (Adverse Reactions Occurred In At Least 5% Of KEPPRA XR-Treated Patients And Occurred More Frequently Than Placebo-Treated Patients)
Body System/
Adverse Reaction
KEPPRA XR
(N=77)
%
Placebo
(N=79)
%
Gastrointestinal Disorders
  Nausea 5 3
Infections and Infestations
  Influenza 8 4
  Nasopharyngitis 7 5
Nervous System Disorders
  Somnolence 8 3
  Dizziness 5 3
Psychiatric Disorders
  Irritability 7 0

Discontinuation or Dose Reduction in the KEPPRA XR Controlled Clinical Study

In the controlled clinical study using KEPPRA XR, 5.2% of patients receiving KEPPRA XR and 2.5% receiving placebo discontinued as a result of an adverse reaction. The adverse reactions that resulted in discontinuation and that occurred more frequently in KEPPRA XR-treated patients than in placebo-treated patients were asthenia, epilepsy, mouth ulceration, rash and respiratory failure. Each of these adverse reactions led to discontinuation in a KEPPRA XR-treated patient and no placebo-treated patients.

Table 4 lists the adverse reactions seen in the controlled studies of immediate-release KEPPRA tablets in adult patients experiencing partial onset seizures. Although the pattern of adverse reactions in the KEPPRA XR study seems somewhat different from that seen in partial onset seizure controlled studies for immediate-release KEPPRA tablets, this is possibly due to the much smaller number of patients in this study compared to the immediate-release tablet studies. The adverse reactions for KEPPRA XR are expected to be similar to those seen with immediate-release KEPPRA tablets.

Immediate-Release KEPPRA Tablets

Adults

In controlled clinical studies of immediate-release KEPPRA tablets as adjunctive therapy to other AEDs in adults with partial onset seizures, the most frequently reported adverse reactions, for events with rates greater than placebo, were somnolence, asthenia, infection and dizziness.

Table 4 lists adverse reactions that occurred in at least 1% of adult epilepsy patients treated with immediate-release KEPPRA tablets participating in placebo-controlled studies and were numerically more common than in patients treated with placebo. In these studies, either immediate-release KEPPRA tablets or placebo was added to concurrent AED therapy. Adverse reactions were usually mild to moderate in intensity.

Table 4: Incidence (%) Of Adverse Reactions In Placebo-Controlled, Add-On Studies In Adults Experiencing Partial Onset Seizures By Body System (Adverse Reactions Occurred In At Least 1% Of Immediate-Release KEPPRA-Treated Patients And Occurred More Frequently Than Placebo-Treated Patients)
Body System/
  Adverse Reaction
Immediate-release KEPPRA
(N=769)
%
Placebo
(N=439)
%
Body as a Whole
  Asthenia 15 9
  Headache 14 13
  Infection 13 8
  Pain 7 6
Digestive System
  Anorexia 3 2
Nervous System
  Somnolence 15 8
  Dizziness 9 4
  Depression 4 2
  Nervousness 4 2
  Ataxia 3 1
  Vertigo 3 1
  Amnesia 2 1
  Anxiety 2 1
  Hostility 2 1
  Paresthesia 2 1
  Emotional Lability 2 0
Respiratory System
  Pharyngitis 6 4
  Rhinitis 4 3
  Cough Increased 2 1
  Sinusitis 2 1
Special Senses
  Diplopia 2 1

Pediatric Patients 4 Years to <16 Years

In a pooled analysis of two controlled pediatric clinical studies in children 4 to 16 years of age with partial onset seizures, the adverse reactions most frequently reported with the use of immediate-release KEPPRA in combination with other AEDs, and with greater frequency than in patients on placebo, were fatigue, aggression, nasal congestion, decreased appetite, and irritability.

Table 5 lists adverse reactions that occurred in at least 2% of pediatric patients treated with immediate-release KEPPRA and were more common than in pediatric patients on placebo. In these studies, either immediate-release KEPPRA or placebo was added to concurrent AED therapy. Adverse reactions were usually mild to moderate in intensity.

Table 5: Incidence (%) Of Adverse Reactions In Pooled Placebo-Controlled, Add-On Studies In Pediatric Patients Ages 4 to 16 Years Experiencing Partial Onset Seizures By Body System (Adverse Reactions Occurred In At Least 2% Of Patients Treated With Immediate-Release KEPPRA And Occurred More Frequently Than Patients on Placebo)
Body System/
Adverse Reaction
Immediate-Release KEPPRA
(N=165)
%
Placebo
(N=131)
%
Ear and Labyrinth Disorders
  Ear Pain 2 1
Eye Disorders
  Conjunctivitis 2 0
Gastrointestinal Disorders
  Vomiting 15 12
  Abdominal Pain Upper 9 8
  Diarrhea 6 5
  Constipation 3 1
General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions
  Fatigue 11 5
Infections and Infestations
  Nasopharyngitis 15 12
  Influenza 3 1
  Gastroenteritis 2 0
  Rhinitis 2 0
Injury, Poisoning and Procedural Complications
  Head Injury 4 0
  Contusion 3 1
  Fall 3 2
  Joint Sprain 2 1
Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders
  Decreased Appetite 8 2
  Anorexia 4 3
Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders
  Arthralgia 2 0
  Neck Pain 2 1
Nervous System
  Headache 19 15
  Somnolence 13 9
  Dizziness 7 5
  Lethargy 6 2
  Sedation 2 1
Psychiatric Disorders
  Aggression 10 5
  Abnormal Behavior 7 4
  Irritability 7 1
  Insomnia 5 3
  Agitation 4 1
  Depression 3 1
  Mood Altered 3 1
  Affect Lability 2 1
  Anxiety 2 1
  Confusional State 2 0
  Mood Swings 2 1
Respiratory, Thoracic and Mediastinal Disorders
  Cough 9 5
  Nasal Congestion 9 2
  Pharyngolaryngeal Pain 7 4

In controlled pediatric clinical studies in patients 4-16 years of age, 7% of patients treated with immediate-release KEPPRA tablets and 9% of patients on placebo discontinued as a result of an adverse event.

In addition, the following adverse reactions were seen in other well-controlled studies of immediate-release KEPPRA tablets: balance disorder, disturbance in attention, eczema, hyperkinesia, memory impairment, myalgia, personality disorders, pruritus, and vision blurred.

Comparison of Gender, Age and Race

There are insufficient data for KEPPRA XR to support a statement regarding the distribution of adverse experience reports by gender, age and race.

Postmarketing Experience

In addition to the adverse reactions listed above for immediate-release KEPPRA tablets [see Adverse Reactions], the following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of immediate-release KEPPRA tablets. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. The listing is alphabetized: abnormal liver function test, agranulocytosis, choreoathetosis, drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS), dyskinesia, erythema multiforme, hepatic failure, hepatitis, hyponatremia, leukopenia, muscular weakness, neutropenia, pancreatitis, pancytopenia (with bone marrow suppression identified in some of these cases), panic attack, thrombocytopenia, and weight loss. Alopecia has been reported with immediate-release KEPPRA use; recovery was observed in majority of cases where immediate-release KEPPRA was discontinued.



REPORTS OF SUSPECTED KEPPRA SIDE EFFECTS / ADVERSE REACTIONS

Below is a sample of reports where side effects / adverse reactions may be related to Keppra. The information is not vetted and should not be considered as verified clinical evidence.

Possible Keppra side effects / adverse reactions in 36 year old female

Reported by a consumer/non-health professional from United States on 2011-10-03

Patient: 36 year old female weighing 104.0 kg (228.8 pounds)

Reactions: Petit MAL Epilepsy

Adverse event resulted in: hospitalization

Suspect drug(s):
Vimpat
    Administration route: Oral
    Start date: 2010-02-01
    End date: 2010-01-01

Keppra
    Administration route: Oral
    Indication: Convulsion
    Start date: 2010-02-15

Keppra
    Administration route: Oral
    Start date: 2010-02-15
    End date: 2010-02-15

Vimpat
    Administration route: Oral
    Indication: Convulsion
    Start date: 2010-10-26



Possible Keppra side effects / adverse reactions in 36 year old female

Reported by a consumer/non-health professional from United States on 2011-10-03

Patient: 36 year old female weighing 104.0 kg (228.8 pounds)

Reactions: Pyrexia, Convulsion

Adverse event resulted in: hospitalization

Suspect drug(s):
Keppra
    Administration route: Oral
    Start date: 2010-02-15

Keppra
    Administration route: Oral
    Indication: Epilepsy
    Start date: 2010-02-15

Vimpat
    Administration route: Oral
    Start date: 2010-02-10

Vimpat
    Administration route: Oral
    Indication: Convulsion
    Start date: 2010-10-26

Other drugs received by patient: Zonisamide; Carbamazepine; Clonazepam; Phenytoin; Topiramate



Possible Keppra side effects / adverse reactions in 9 month old female

Reported by a pharmacist from Portugal on 2011-10-03

Patient: 9 month old female

Reactions: Incorrect Dose Administered

Suspect drug(s):
Keppra



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Drug label data at the top of this Page last updated: 2014-08-07

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