Vinpocetine

Description

Vinpocetine is a semi-synthetic derivative of vincamine, an alkaloid derived from Vinca minor L. plant. It is used for the treatment of psychic or neurological symptoms of cerebral circulatory disturbances of various origin e.g, impaired memory, locomotor disorder. This supplement is not recommended for use in patients below 18 years of age.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Vinpocetine

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Skin Rash
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Numbness
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Itching of skin
  • Dry mouth

Uses of Vinpocetine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Cerebral circulatory disturbances
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The peak effect of this supplement can be observed within 1-1.5 hours of administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this supplement remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • 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 supplement is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this supplement.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This supplement is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this supplement.

Allergy

This supplement is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to vinpocetine, vinca alkaloids, or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Cerebral hemorrhage

This supplement is not recommended for use in patients with cerebral hemorrhage due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Intracranial Hypertension

This supplement is not recommended for use in patients with intracranial hypertension due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This supplement is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this supplement.

Breast-feeding

This supplement is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this supplement.
General warnings

Bleeding Disorders

This supplement should be used with caution in patients suffering from bleeding disorder due to the increased risk of worsening the patient's condition. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Heart Problems

This supplement should be used with caution in patients with pre-existing cardiovascular diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of heart function and vital signs, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Hypotension

This supplement should be used with caution in patients suffering from low blood pressure due to the increased risk of worsening the patient's condition. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Driving or Operating machinery

Use of this supplement may cause dizziness or drowsiness in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness like driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with this supplement.

Use in Children

This supplement is not recommended for use in patients below 18 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Liver disease

This supplement should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver diseases due to the increased risk of adverse effects. Regular monitoring of the liver function is necessary for such patients. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
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

Anticoagulants

Disease interactions

Liver Disease

This supplement should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of liver function tests is necessary while receiving this supplement. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this supplement with food, as directed by your doctor. Do not take in larger amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable effects. Do not stop taking the supplement before completion of the course/without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

To be taken with food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This supplement may increase blood flow in the brain and protect the brain cells against injury.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Alkaloids and derivatives

Schedule

Schedule H

Vinpocetine Covex 5 mg tablets - Leaflet [Internet]. Covex.com. 2018 [cited 20 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.covex.com/products/vinpocetine-covex-5mg/leaflet/

[Internet]. Aci-bd.com. 2019 [cited 21 February 2019]. Available from:

http://www.aci-bd.com/Brand/Avintol.pdf

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Information on this page was last updated on 21 Feb 2019

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