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Open-label Study of Levetiracetam Intravenous Infusion in Children (4-16 Years Old) With Epilepsy

This study has been completed.
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UCB Pharma Identifier:
First received: September 25, 2007
Last updated: August 30, 2011
Last verified: March 2011
Keppra injection is approved in the US as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy. The objective of the current study is to assess the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics, of this formulation in children aged 4 to 16 years.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Levetiracetam
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Open-label, Single-arm, Multi-center, Pharmacokinetic, Safety and Tolerability Study of Levetiracetam Intravenous Infusion in Children (4 - 16 Years Old) With Epilepsy.

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Further study details as provided by UCB Pharma:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of Subjects Reporting at Least 1 Treatment-Emergent Adverse Event (TEAE) During the Treatment Period (up to 4 Days) [ Time Frame: Treatment period (up to 4 days) ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of Subjects Who Received High-dose Levetiracetam Intravenous (LEV IV) (More Than 40 mg/kg/Day) During the Treatment Period (up to 4 Days) [ Time Frame: Treatment period (up to 4 days) ]
  • Number of Consecutive Levetiracetam Intravenous (LEV IV) Doses Received [ Time Frame: Treatment period (up to 4 days) ]

Enrollment: 33
Study Start Date: September 2007
Study Completion Date: February 2010
Primary Completion Date: February 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Levetiracetam Drug: Levetiracetam

Intravenous 100 mg/mL, twice a day, maximum of 4 days

Subjects on oral levetiracetam at study entry receive the same intravenous (IV) dosage (mg-for-mg) to their oral dose.

Dosage for subjects not on levetiracetam at study entry was based on weight: if <50 kg, the dose was 20 mg/kg/day (10 mg/kg/day twice daily); if weight ≥ 50 kg, the dose of levetiracetam intravenous (LEV IV) was 1000 mg/day (500 mg twice daily).

Other Names:
  • ucb L059
  • Keppra®

Detailed Description:

The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the safety and tolerability of levetiracetam intravenous 15-minute infusion administered every 12 hours, either as adjunctive treatment or monotherapy in children (4 to 16 years old) with epilepsy (except status epilepticus), either after switching from the equivalent levetiracetam oral dose administration or as a new antiepileptic treatment.

The evaluation period was to be considered as one complete set of 4 Pharmacokinetic (PK) samples for a maximum of 4 days;

  • For children already taking levetiracetam oral tablets or oral solution prior to entering the study, the levetiracetam intravenous (LEV IV) dose will be equivalent (mg-for-mg) to their oral dose. The first intravenous (IV) infusion was to be administered 12 hours after the last oral dose of levetiracetam.
  • For children not taking levetiracetam oral tablets or oral solution prior to entering the study:

    • If weight < 50 kg: dose of levetiracetam intravenous (LEV IV) dose will be calculated on the basis of their weight at 20 mg/kg/day (i.e. 10 mg/kg twice daily).
    • If weight ≥ 50 kg: dose of levetiracetam intravenous (LEV IV) will be 1000 mg/day (i.e. 500 mg twice daily).

However, when necessary for the safety of the subject or when the investigator deemed it appropriate the levetiracetam intravenous (LEV IV) dose could be modified after one day.

Subjects were hospitalized for the duration of the levetiracetam IV treatment.


Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years to 16 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female between 4 and 16 years of age, inclusive
  • The subject suffers from epilepsy (except status epilepticus)
  • The subject is requiring levetiracetam IV treatment in place of oral therapy for a short period of time

Exclusion Criteria:

  • The subject has difficult venous accessibility
  • History of status epilepticus during the 3 months prior to visit 1.
  • The subject is taking felbamate at visit 1 or has been taking it in the past.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00535392

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Study Director: UCB Clinical Trial Call Center +1 877 822 9493 (UCB)
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: UCB Pharma Identifier: NCT00535392     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: N01274
2006-005722-23 ( EudraCT Number )
Study First Received: September 25, 2007
Results First Received: January 28, 2011
Last Updated: August 30, 2011

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Nootropic Agents
Neuroprotective Agents
Protective Agents
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