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Piracetam is used in the treatment of alzheimer's disease, stroke, dementia in parkinson's disease, age related memory loss and head trauma.

How it works

Piracetam belongs to class of medications called GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) analogues. It acts by protecting brain and nervous system against shortness of oxygen and it also affects various ion channels on nerve cell membrane.

Common side effects

Nausea, Nervousness, Rash, Abdominal pain, Anxiety, Confusion, Depression, Diarrhoea, Hallucination, Headache, Increased muscular activity, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Walking difficulties, Movement disorder, Sleepiness, Vertigo, Vomiting, Weakness, Weight gain

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Expert advice

  • Do not take piracetam tablet/oral solution if you are allergic to piracetam, pyrolidone derivatives or any other ingredient of tablet/solution.
  • Do not use piracetam if you have serious kidney problem; brain hemorrhage or bleeding problems; or Huntington’s disease (neurodegenerative genetic disorder that affects muscle coordination and leads to behavioral symptoms).
  • Avoid using piracetam if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Do not stop taking piracetam tablet/solution unless your doctor asks you to do so.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you experience side effects like sleepiness, nervousness and depression after taking piracetam.

Frequently asked questions



Is piracetam natural?
Piracetam is not a naturally occurring substance


Is piracetam legal?
Piracetam is legal


Is piracetam a stimulant or addictive?
Piracetam is neither a stimulant, nor addictive

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Does piracetam give you energy?
Piracetam can increase alertness and person may feel energetic


Is piracetam safe and effective?
Piracetam is relatively safe and effective if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor


Does piracetam keep you awake or cause weight gain?
Piracetam can keep you awake and may cause weight gain


Does piracetam stop working?
If piracetam stops working for you, do not stop taking it before consulting your doctor


Does piracetam need prescription?
Piracetam requires a prescription.

Content on this page was last updated on 13 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)