Piracetam

Description

Piracetam is a medicine that belongs to the category of cognitive enhancers. It improves the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain which helps in the improvement of awareness and memory.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Piracetam

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Swelling of face, lips, eyelids, tongue, hands and feet
  • Bleeding and bruising
  • Agitation and anxiety
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash

Uses of Piracetam

What is it prescribed for?

  • Cortical myoclonus
  • Cognitive enhancer
  • Other degenerative disease of the brain
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The time taken for this medicine to show it's effect is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which effects of this medicine lasts is unknown.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use by pregnant women unless absolutely necessary and the benefits outweigh the risk associated. Consult your doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use by women who are breastfeeding.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a history of allergy to Piracetam or any other present with it.

Liver damage

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have an impairment of the liver function.

Kidney damage

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a severe impairment of the kidney function.

Cerebral hemorrhage

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a ruptured blood vessel and localized bleeding in the brain.

Huntington's disease

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from a genetic disorder where the brain cell die quickly causing a deterioration of mental and physical abilities over time.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use by pregnant women unless absolutely necessary and the benefits outweigh the risk associated. Consult your doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use by women who are breastfeeding.
General warnings

Abrupt withdrawal

The use of this medicine should not be discontinued abruptly as some patients may feel symptoms of withdrawal.

Drowsiness

The use of this medicine may cause drowsiness and may impair the ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. You are advised to refrain from performing tasks that require a high level of mental alertness.

Kidney disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients having an impairment of kidney function. Suitable dose adjustments are advised based on the extent of impairment.

Heart disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from a disease of the heart of the blood vessels. Any incidence of a clotting disorder should be promptly reported to the doctor.

Elderly

This medicine should be used with caution in the elderly as the risk of serious adverse effects are significantly higher.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose then the missed can be skipped.

Overdose

Contact your doctor if an overdose with this medicine is suspected.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Warfarin

Aspirin

Thyroxine

Disease interactions

Kidney disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from a kidney disease. The dosing needs to be modified depending on the creatinine clearance levels. It is not recommended for use in patients having a severe impairment of the kidney function.

Bleeding disorders

This medicine should be used with caution in patients having an active bleeding disorder. Suitable tests should be performed to determine the safe use of this medicine.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Piracetam as instructed by the doctor. This medicine can be taken with or without food. It should be swallowed without chewing or breaking in the mouth in order to keep away the bitter taste of this medicine.
Miscelleneous

Food timings: Information not available

Administration time: Information not available

Sleep inducing: Information not available

How it works
The exact mechanism of action for this medicine is unknown. However, it is believed to work by improving the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Nootropics

Schedule

Schedule H

[Internet]. 2017 [cited 24 April 2017]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/27471

Piracetam - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 24 April 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB09210

Piracetam: Indication, Dosage, Side Effect, Precaution | CIMS India [Internet]. Mims.com. 2017 [cited 24 April 2017]. Available from:

http://www.mims.com/india/drug/info/piracetam/?type=full&mtype=generic#Actions

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Information on this page was last updated on 25 Apr 2017

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