This medicine is contains the active ingredient piracetam which belongs to a group of medicines called GABA analogues. This medicine is used to stabilize the amount of oxygen in the brain. It increases concentration of acetylcholine in the central nervous system, protects the brain from hypoxia and facilitates the transfer of information from one hemisphere to another. Piracetam is prescribed for the treatment of movement disorder called myoclonus (twitches, jerks, or seizures caused by unexpected contractions of muscles, especially in arms and legs). This medicine is also prescribed for the treatment of aphasia alongside the intensive speech therapy exercises, and the treatment of dyslexia in children.
Is Piracetam suitable for me?
Piracetam is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to piracetam, or other ingredients of this medicine
- if you have serious kidney problems
- if you have ever experienced a brain hemorrhage
- if you have Huntington‘s Disease
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- have kidney or liver problems
- have bleeding problems
- have a blood clotting problem
Piracetam interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Piracetam?
This medicine is available in form of a tablet and capsule.
You should take piracetam exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. The dose will be prescribed according to your condition and needs.
- The usual starting dose is 7.2 g per day (taken as two or three divided doses). The maximum dose is 20 g per day, taken as 2 or 3 divided doses.
- The usual dose for children is 50-100 mg / kg / day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Piracetam side effects?
Like all medicines piracetam can cause side effects, including:
- allergic reaction
- worsening of fits
- difficulty balancing and unsteadiness
- anxiety and agitation
- weight increase
- stomach pain
- nausea, vomiting
- swelling of the skin, particularly around the face
- skin rash and itching
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.