1. WHAT Noepix AND WHAT IT IS USED
Noepix 250 mg, 500 mg, 750 mg or 1000 mg film-coated tablets are antiepileptic drugs (medicines to treat seizures in epilepsy).
Alone in patients over 16 years of age with newly diagnosed epilepsy, to treat partial onset seizures with or without secondary generalization (secondary generalization is when the attack cover the brain);
In addition to other antiepileptic medicines to treat:
partial onset seizures with or without generalization in patients from 1 month of age;
myoclonic seizures in patients 12 years of age with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy;
primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients 12 years of age with idiopathic generalized epilepsy (the type of epilepsy, which is believed to have a genetic cause).
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE Noepix
Do not take Noepix
If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to levetiracetam or any of the other ingredients of Noepix.
Take special care with Noepix
If you have kidney problems, follow your doctor’s instructions. Your doctor may decide that your dose should be adjusted;
If you notice any slowdown or unexpected puberty development of your child, please tell your doctor;
If you notice an increase in seizure severity (eg increased number), please tell your doctor;
A small number of people being treated with antiepileptics such as Noepix have had thoughts of harming or killing themselves. If you have symptoms of depression and / or suicidal ideation, please contact your doctor.
Using other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Taking Noepix with food and drink
You can take Noepix with or without food. As a precaution, do not take Noepix alcohol.
Pregnancy and lactation
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine. If you are pregnant or think you are pregnant, please tell your doctor. Noepix should not be used during pregnancy unless clearly necessary. The potential risk to your unborn child is unknown. Levetiracetam studies in animals have shown adverse reproductive effects at doses that are substantially higher than those that you need to control your seizures.
Breastfeeding is not recommended during treatment.
Driving and using machines
Noepix may affect the ability to drive and use machines as it may cause drowsiness. This is more likely at the beginning of treatment or after a dose increase. Do not use any tools or machines until it is established that your ability to perform such activities is not affected.