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Levetiracetam

Levetiracetam, sold under brand names of Keppra, Elepsia, Epictal, Lenerve, Levepsy, Torleva (and many others) is a prescription-only anticonvulsant medication forepilepsyplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigEpilepsy

"“Epilepsy is a chronic noncommunicable disease of the brain that affects around 50 million people worldwide. It is characterized by recurrent seizures, which are brief episodes of involuntary movement that may involve a part of the body (partial) or the enti…
. It is used for partial onset, myoclonic, or tonic-clonic seizures. It is taken by mouth as an immediate or extended release formulation. There are currently more than 6 million prescriptions per year in the US alone.

Its mechanism of action is currently unknown.

See: Mechanisms of Levetiracetam in the Control of Status Epilepticus and Epilepsy Frontiers in Neurology 2014; 5: 11.


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