Population pharmacokinetic modeling of levetiracetam in pediatric and adult patients with epilepsy by using routinely monitored data

Satoko Ito, Ikuko Yano, Sachiyo Hashi, Masahiro Tsuda, Mitsuhiro Sugimoto, Atsushi Yonezawa, Akio Ikeda, Kazuo Matsubara

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Background: Levetiracetam, a second-generation antiepileptic drug, is frequently used for managing partial-onset seizures. About 70% of the administered dose is excreted in urine unchanged, and dosage adjustment is recommended based on the individual's renal function. In this study, a population pharmacokinetic model of levetiracetam was developed using routinely monitored serum concentration data for individualized levetiracetam therapy. Methods: Patients whose serum concentrations of levetiracetam at steady-state were routinely monitored at Kyoto University Hospital from April 2012 to March 2013 were enrolled. The influence of patient characteristics on levetiracetam pharmacokinetics was evaluated using the nonlinear mixed-effects modeling (NONMEM) program. Results: A total of 583 steady-state concentrations from 225 patients were used for the analysis. The median patient age and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) were 38 (range: 1-89) years and 98 (15-189) mLmin211.73 m22, respectively. Serum concentration-time data of levetiracetam were well described by a 1-compartment model with first-order absorption. Oral clearance was allometrically related to the individual body weight and eGFR. An increase in the dose significantly increased oral clearance. No improvement in model fit was observed by including the covariate of any concomitant antiepileptic drugs. The population mean clearance for an adult weighing 70 kg and with a normal renal function was 4.8 and 5.9 L/h for 500 mg bis in die (bid) and 1500 mg bid, respectively. Conclusions: Oral clearance allometrically related with body weight and eGFR can well predict the routine therapeutic drug monitoring data from pediatric to aged patients with varying renal function. Dosage adjustments based on renal function are effective in controlling the trough and peak concentrations in similar ranges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-378
Number of pages8
JournalTherapeutic Drug Monitoring
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Epilepsy
  • Levetiracetam
  • Pediatrics
  • Population pharmacokinetics
  • Renal function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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