Levetiracetam is prescribed by veterinarians in combination with other medications to treat certain types of seizures in pets suffering from epilepsy.
Dogs and Cats
Levetiracetam is used as an add-on drug for dogs and cats whose seizures are not adequately controlled by phenobarbital or the bromides; as many as 60-70% of dogs and cats with epilepsy are not controlled adequately by these medications. Levetiracetam also may be useful to treat seizures due to hepatic encephalopathy or cases of phenobarbital-induced liver damage. The addition of Levetiracetam may permit a lower dose of phenobarbital without an increase in seizure frequency.
Levetiracetam is in a class of medications called anticonvulsants. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain.
There are very few side effects with this medication. All seizure control medications have potential to cause drowsiness. Some cats lose their appetites temporarily when beginning levetiracetam.
Levetiracetam can be used for treating seizures in dogs and cats. It can be used solely as an anticonvulsant medication. It can also be used in conjunction with phenobarbital and/or potassium bromide.
How to Use
Use as directed by your veterinarian.