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    Information about Vinpocetine

    Vinpocetine uses

    Vinpocetine is used in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, stroke, dementia in Parkinson's disease, age related memory loss and head injury.

    How vinpocetine 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 of vinpocetine

    Dizziness, Dryness in mouth, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Headache, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Nausea, Stomach pain

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    Expert advice for Vinpocetine

    • 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 for Vinpocetine


    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 04 January, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)