Compounded Levetiracetam (Keppra) For Dogs and Cats
Levetiracetam is an anticonvulsant that is used to treat seizures in humans and animals and can be compounded into the desired strength and flavor that best suits your patient. Levetiracetam is usually well tolerated in cats and dogs. The medication should start to have effects within 1 to 2 hours. However, you may not see the outward effects immediately. Levetiracetam does require a prescription from your veterinarian or physician in order to be dispensed. You and your doctor should discuss if this is the best option for your treatment plan.
Levetiracetam is given orally and can be compounded into the desired strength and flavor that best suits the patient, both human and animal alike. We compound this medication into suspensions and immediate release capsules. This medication can be taken with or without food and is usually given three times a day. Levetiracetam can interact with numerous other medications you or your pet may be taking. It is important to let the doctor/veterinarian know of all medications you take before starting this medication. If you miss a dose do not double up on the medication. Wait until the next dose is due and follow the normal dosing schedule as directed.
Common side effects of levetiracetam include lack of energy and reduced appetite. Overdoses of this medication can be serious and often causes an increase in heart rate. If you suspect an overdose, contact your veterinarian or poison control.