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brivaracetam Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Warnings & Dosing

What dosages is brivaracetam available in?

What dosages is brivaracetam available in?

brivaracetam is available as a 10 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg, and 100 mg oral tablet, a 10 mg/mL oral solution, and a 50 mg/5 mL injection.

What is brivaracetam used for?

What is brivaracetam used for?

brivaracetam is an antiepileptic that is used to treat partial-onset seizures.

How does brivaracetam work?

How does brivaracetam work?

brivaracetam is an antiepileptic (anti-seizure) medication. It’s not entirely clear how this medication works, but it helps calm certain nerves that are linked to seizures.

How do I take brivaracetam?

How do I take brivaracetam?

brivaracetam is dosed as follows:

  • Adults (age 16 years and older): The typical starting dose is 50 mg by mouth twice daily. The maximum dose is 100 mg twice daily
  • Children weighing less than 50 kg (110 lbs): Your child’s provider will determine your child’s dose based on their body weight. The recommended dose is taken by mouth twice daily
  • Your dose might differ if you have liver problems
  • brivaracetam is also available as an injection that’s usually given by a healthcare provider
Is it safe for me to take brivaracetam?

Is it safe for me to take brivaracetam?

brivaracetam is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you.

brivaracetam Common Side Effects

brivaracetam Common Side Effects

Common side effects of brivaracetam:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea or vomiting
brivaracetam Serious Side Effects

brivaracetam Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with brivaracetam. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Severe mood changes
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or suicide
  • Severe allergic reaction: difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, mouth, or throat
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on brivaracetam

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on brivaracetam

The following medications may interact with brivaracetam:

  • Rifampin: Because of decreased concentrations, increasing brivaracetam dosage in patients on concomitant rifampin is recommended
  • Carbamazepine: Because of increased exposure to carbamazepine metabolite, if tolerability issues arise, consider reducing carbamazepine dosage in patients on concomitant brivaracetam
  • Phenytoin: Because phenytoin concentrations can increase, phenytoin levels should be monitored in patients on concomitant brivaracetam
  • Levetiracetam: brivaracetam had no added therapeutic benefit when coadministered with levetiracetam
Who makes brivaracetam?

Who makes brivaracetam?

Various FDA-approved generic manufacturers

Is brivaracetam safe in pregnancy?

Is brivaracetam safe in pregnancy?

It is not known if brivaracetam will harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking brivaracetam. You and your healthcare provider will
have to decide if you should take brivaracetam while you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking brivaracetam,
talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry. You
can enroll in this registry by calling 1-888-233-2334. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the
safety of brivaracetam and other antiepileptic medicines during pregnancy.

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