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    Information about Piracetam

    Piracetam uses

    How piracetam works

    Piracetam is a nootropic medicine. It works by increasing the activity of a chemical messenger (acetylcholine) which improves communication between the nerve cells. It also protects the brain and nervous system against shortness of oxygen.

    Common side effects of piracetam

    Nervousness, Weight gain, Abnormality of voluntary movements
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    Written By
    Dr. Balshine Singh Kanwar
    MD, MBBS
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    Dr. Khushbu Goel
    DM, MD
    Last updated on:
    27 Dec 2019 | 01:08 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Piracetam

    • It may cause dizziness. Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
    • Inform your doctor if you have bleeding problems or if you are on medications that help thin your blood.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding.
    • Inform your doctor if you experience stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. 
    • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.

    Frequently asked questions for Piracetam


    Q. If I do not see an improvement in my symptoms, can I stop taking Piracetam?

    No, do not stop taking Piracetam on your own. Stopping it suddenly may have unwanted effects like twitching and jerking movements. If Piracetam does not improve your symptoms, consult your doctor. The doctor may suggest a slow reduction of Piracetam dose.

    Q. Who should avoid taking Piracetam?

    You should not take Piracetam if you are allergic to Piracetam or any of the ingredients in the medicine. Also, avoid taking Piracetam if your kidney functions are severely deranged or if you ever had localized bleeding in the brain (cerebral hemorrhage). You should also avoid taking this medicine if you are suffering from Huntington’s disease/chorea (a genetic disorder where the brain cells die quickly causing deterioration of mental and physical abilities over time).

    Q. What is the correct way of taking Piracetam?

    Piracetam can be taken with or without food. Swallow the tablets as a whole with a glass of water. Do not break or chew the tablets. If you find it difficult to swallow, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor may prescribe Piracetam in the form of a solution.

    Content on this page was last updated on 27 December, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)