Levetiracetam is used as the main active ingredient in medications to treat epilepsy. It is a pyrrolidine with antiepileptic activity. The action mechanism of this ingredient involves inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitter activity. The binding of levetiracetam to the synaptic plasma membranes in the central nervous system. This active component inhibits burst firing without affecting normal neuronal excitability that suggests that it might selectively prevent hyper-synchronization of epileptiform burst firing and propagation of seizure activity.
Class of Drugs – Anticonvulsants
Molecular Formula – C8H14N2O2
Molecular Weight - 170.21 g/mol
Working: This active medication Levetiracetam works uniquely from most seizure medicines. It combines with a protein called SV2A that is involved with the release of certain chemicals known as neurotransmitters in the brain. The exact mechanism of this ingredient is not known but it effectively works to reduce seizures.
Uses: It is approved with other medications to treat seizures or condition of epilepsy. It belongs to a group of drugs known as anticonvulsants. Levetiracetam may decrease the number of seizures one can have. The mentioned active component is indicated for the treatment of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, temporal lobe epilepsy, focal impaired awareness or complex partial seizures, myoclonic seizures, secondarily generalized seizures or bilateral tonic-clonic seizure, focal aware or simple partial seizure, and tonic-clonic seizures.
Popular Brands and Dosages: The anticonvulsants active component is used in popular brand drugs as follows:
- Keppra: 250 mg, 500 mg, 750 mg and 1000 mg
This drug can cause severe dizziness, do not drive or operate machinery immediately after administrating this medicine.