Levetiracetam Actavis

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This is a summary of the European public assessment report (EPAR) for Levetiracetam Actavis. It explains how the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) assessed the medicine to reach its opinion in favour of granting a marketing authorisation and its recommendations on the conditions of use for Levetiracetam Actavis.

What is Levetiracetam Actavis?

Levetiracetam Actavis is a medicine that contains the active substance levetiracetam. It is available as tablets (250 mg, 500 mg, 750 mg and 1,000 mg).

Levetiracetam Actavis is a ‘generic medicine’. This means that Levetiracetam Actavis is similar to a ‘reference medicine’ already authorised in the European Union (EU) called Keppra.

What is Levetiracetam Actavis used for?

Levetiracetam Actavis can be used on its own in patients from 16 years of age with newly diagnosed epilepsy, to treat partial-onset seizures (fits) with or without secondary generalisation. This is a type of epilepsy where too much electrical activity in one side of the brain causes symptoms such as sudden, jerky movements of one part of the body, distorted hearing, sense of smell or vision, numbness, or a sudden sense of fear. Secondary generalisation occurs when the overactivity later reaches the whole brain.

Levetiracetam Actavis can also be used as an add-on to other anti-epileptic medicines to treat:

  • partial-onset seizures with or without generalisation in patients from one month of age;
  • myoclonic seizures (short, shock-like jerks of a muscle or group of muscles) in patients from 12 years of age with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy;
  • primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures (major fits, including loss of consciousness) in patients from 12 years of age with idiopathic generalised epilepsy (the type of epilepsy that is thought to have a genetic cause).

The medicine can only be obtained with a prescription.

How is Levetiracetam Actavis used?

When Levetiracetam Actavis is used on its own, the starting dose is 250 mg twice a day, increasing two weeks later to 500 mg twice a day. The dose can be further increased at two-week intervals according to the patient’s response, to a maximum dose of 1,500 mg twice a day.

When Levetiracetam Actavis is added to another anti-epileptic treatment, the starting dose in patients over 12 years weighing more than 50 kg is 500 mg twice a day. The daily dose can be increased up to 1,500 mg twice a day. In patients aged between six months and 17 years weighing less than 50 kg, the starting dose is 10 mg per kilogram body weight twice a day, which can be increased up to 30 mg/kg twice a day.

Lower doses are used in patients who have problems with their kidneys (such as older patients). Levetiracetam Actavis tablets are swallowed with liquid.

How does Levetiracetam Actavis work?

The active substance in Levetiracetam Actavis, levetiracetam, is an anti-epileptic medicine. Epilepsy is caused by excessive electrical activity in the brain. The exact way in which levetiracetam works is still unclear but it seems to interfere with a protein called synaptic vesicle protein 2A, which is found in the spaces between nerves and is involved in the release of chemical messengers from nerve cells. This helps Levetiracetam Actavis to stabilise electrical activity in the brain and prevent seizures.

How has Levetiracetam Actavis been studied?

Because Levetiracetam Actavis is a generic medicine, studies in patients have been limited to tests to determine that it is bioequivalent to the reference medicine, Keppra. Two medicines are bioequivalent when they produce the same levels of the active substance in the body.

What are the benefits and risks of Levetiracetam Actavis?

Because Levetiracetam Actavis is a generic medicine and is bioequivalent to the reference medicine, its benefits and risks are taken as being the same as the reference medicine’s.

Why has Levetiracetam Actavis been approved?

The CHMP concluded that, in accordance with EU requirements, Levetiracetam Actavis has been shown to have comparable quality and to be bioequivalent to Keppra. Therefore, the CHMP’s view was that, as for Keppra, the benefit outweighs the identified risk. The Committee recommended that Levetiracetam Actavis be given marketing authorisation.

Other information about Levetiracetam Actavis

The European Commission granted a marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union for Levetiracetam Actavis on 3 October 2011.

For more information about treatment with Levetiracetam Actavis, read the package leaflet (also part of the EPAR) or contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - Summary for the public BG = bălgarski 18/10/2011  
Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - Summary for the public ES = español 18/10/2011  
Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - Summary for the public CS = čeština 18/10/2011  
Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - Summary for the public DA = dansk 18/10/2011  
Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - Summary for the public DE = Deutsch 18/10/2011  
Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - Summary for the public ET = eesti keel 18/10/2011  
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Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - Summary for the public NL = Nederlands 18/10/2011  
Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - Summary for the public PL = polski 18/10/2011  
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Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - Summary for the public SK = slovenčina 18/10/2011  
Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - Summary for the public SL = slovenščina 18/10/2011  
Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - Summary for the public FI = suomi 18/10/2011  
Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - Summary for the public SV = svenska 18/10/2011  

This EPAR was last updated on 22/10/2014 .

Authorisation details

Product details

Product details for Levetiracetam Actavis
NameLevetiracetam Actavis
Agency product numberEMEA/H/C/002355
Active substance

levetiracetam

International non-proprietary name (INN) or common name

levetiracetam

Therapeutic area Epilepsy
Anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) code N03AX14
Generic

A generic medicine is a medicine which is similar to a medicine that has already been authorised (the 'reference medicine'). A generic medicine contains the same quantity of active substance(s) as the reference medicine. Generic and reference medicines are used at the same dose to treat the same disease, and they are equally safe and effective.

Publication details

Publication details for Levetiracetam Actavis
Marketing-authorisation holder

Actavis Group PTC ehf

Revision5
Date of issue of marketing authorisation valid throughout the European Union03/10/2011

Contact address:

Actavis Group PTC ehf
Reykjavíkurvegur 76 - 78
IS-220 Hafnarfjörður
Iceland

Product information

Product information

23/04/2014  Levetiracetam Actavis -EMEA/H/C/002355 -IB/0007

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Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - Product Information SV = svenska 18/10/2011 22/10/2014
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Contents

  • Annex I - Summary of product characteristics
  • Annex IIA - Manufacturing-authorisation holder responsible for batch release
  • Annex IIB - Conditions of the marketing authorisation
  • Annex IIIA - Labelling
  • Annex IIIB - Package leaflet

Please note that the size of the above document can exceed 50 pages.

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Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - All Authorised presentations SV = svenska 18/10/2011 30/01/2014
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Pharmacotherapeutic group

Anti-epileptics

Therapeutic indication

Levetiracetam Actavis is indicated as monotherapy in the treatment of partial-onset seizures with or without secondary generalisation in patients from 16 years of age with newly diagnosed epilepsy.

Levetiracetam Actavis is indicated as adjunctive therapy:

  • in the treatment of partial-onset seizures with or without secondary generalisation in adults, children and infants from one month of age with epilepsy;
  • in the treatment of myoclonic seizures in adults and adolescents from 12 years of age with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy;
  • in the treatment of primary generalised tonic-clonic seizures in adults and adolescents from 12 years of age with idiopathic generalised epilepsy.

Assessment History

Changes since initial authorisation of medicine

Name Language First published Last updated
Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - Procedural steps taken and scientific information after authorisation SV = svenska 24/05/2012 22/10/2014

Initial marketing-authorisation documents

Name Language First published Last updated
Levetiracetam Actavis : EPAR - Public assessment report SV = svenska 18/10/2011  
CHMP summary of positive opinion for Levetiracetam Actavis SV = svenska 22/07/2011  

Authorised

This medicine is approved for use in the European Union

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