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Vinpocetine is used to reduce the severity of ischemic strokes (heart attacks). It is also used in the treatment of other heart-related, mental, and neurological diseases/disorders like Alzheimer’s disease (disorder that causes mental confusion and forgetfulness), as well as for enhancing memory and preventing, memory problems, and tinnitus (ringing in the ear).

How it works

Vinpocetine is a semisynthetic derivative of the vinca alkaloids. It increases blood flow to the brain and heart and protects it from injury.

Common side effects

Dizziness, Dry mouth, Flushing, Headache, Insomnia, Nausea, Stomach pain


Expert advice

  • Do not use vinpocetine if you have blood clotting disorder because it might increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Take precautions as vinpocetine may reduce body’s ability to fight infections. Inform your doctor if you have a weakened immune system due to conditions such as HIV/AIDS or cancer treatment.
  • Discontinue the use of vinpocetine at least 2 weeks before you are scheduled for surgery.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as Vinpocetine may cause dizziness.
  • Do not consume alcohol with vinpocetine as it may worsen the side effects.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Does vinpocetine help tinnitus/ lower blood pressure/ cause depression/ raise blood pressure/ thin the blood/ make you sleepy/ help with anxiety?
Vinpocetine is used for treating tinnitus. However, it is known to cause raise/ lowering of blood pressure, depression, thinning of blood, sleepiness and it does not help with anxiety.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)