(Keppra®, Desitrend®, Levetiracetam)
Available as tablets or capsules.
Available as soluble tablets?
Available as a liquid?
Available as something for placing under your tongue?
Available as something for placing on your gum?
Available as granules?
Yes - (Desitrend®)
Available as a patch for putting on your skin?
Available as an injection?
Available as nasal/oral spray?
Safe or appropriate to crush
Licensed alternative formulations available and therefore crushing is not recommended. Crushing or dispersing should always be used as a last resort. Clinicians should be aware that this an unlicensed use of the medication.
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Usual formulation brand names
Is tablet/capsule specially coated?
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
250mg, 500mg, 1000mg (Desitrend®)
Transdermal patch strength
Nasal/oral spray Strength
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
Are specials or imports available?
N/A licensed formulation available
Is the liquid medicine sugar free?
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
Yes- Desitrend® granules are licensed for administration via feeding tubes.
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Give via intravenous route first line if appropriate. Desitrend® granules are licensed for administration via enteral feeding tubes. Stop the enteral feed before administration. Mix the dose with 10-15mL of water in the barrel of an enteral syringe and shake for at least 2 minutes before administering via enteral feeding tube. Flush the feeding tube with water before and after administration of the medication. No break in feeding is required after the medication has been administered.