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Piracetam is nootropic drug which is known to enhance the patient's memory and cognition, to increase the blood and oxygen flow to the brain and also to slow down the aging of the brain.
Piracetam is usually recommended by personal health care providers, doctors or pharmacists in the case of persons who are suffering from Myoclonus, which are sudden spasms of the muscles. Piracetam may also be prescribed to serve other purposes; for further information ask your personal physician.
Patients who are suffering from decreased kidney function and elderly people should discuss with their doctor before beginning the treatment with Piracetam, because they might not be able to take it, or they will need a special dose adjustment.
Patients are recommended not to stop the treatment with Piracetam, without discussing it first with their personal health care provider, unless they suspect that they have experienced an allergic reaction to Piracetam.
It is known that the intake of Piracetam can cause drowsiness and this is why patients are recommended not to drive or to operate machinery, and they should avoid as much as possible to perform activities which need mental awareness.
Piracetam is not recommended to children under 16 years of age, pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding (because Piracetam can pass intro the breast milk and affect the baby), patients who have decreased liver and kidney functions. Individuals should not use Piracetam if they are allergic to one of its components.
Patients are recommended to ask their personal healthcare provider or physician to tell them exactly how to take Piracetam in order to obtain the best results during and after the treatment with Piracetam. Individuals should listen carefully to their doctor's indications and under no circumstances should they deviate from any of them.
Patients should not use Piracetam in larger or smaller doses than their doctor prescribed them, or for longer / shorter periods of time. Individuals who do not fully understand what the doctor tells them should ask him again or should ask a pharmacist.
Patients are recommended to take Piracetam with a full glass of water; in order to avoid stomach problems they should take it during meals. Individuals should not interrupt the treatment with Piracetam without discussing it with their personal health care provider. During the treatment with Piracetam, your personal physician will ask you to undergo regular tests in order to see if the treatment is benefic for you medical condition.
The personal healthcare provider will prescribe the patients the correct amount of Piracetam necessary for the medical condition they are suffering from. The normal dose which is prescribed for an adult is one tablet of 800 mg three times a day. Patients should take this treatment from 3 to 8 weeks. After this period, your personal physician will ask you to undergo some tests, in order to see the results of your therapy and to decrease or increase your prescribed dose.
In the case of most patients who have been under treatment with Piracetam for eight weeks, the doctor usually reduces the quantity gradually until it reaches half a tablet of Piracetam which should be taken three times per day.
Patients who suspect that they have taken an overdose of Piracetam should immediately announce their personal healthcare provider and the local poison control center. Your physician can ask you to remain in the hospital for a few days, for further tests and symptomatic treatment.
The symptoms of an overdose with Piracetam are the same as the side effects, but more severe. Here is a list of the most common symptoms which a patient may experience after taking an overdose of Piracetam: diarrhea, insomnia, nervousness and depression.
Patients should try as much as possible to take every dose of Piracetam at its due time. In the case in which a patient forgets to take one of the doses, he should take it as soon as he recalls. If it is time for the following dose, patients should take the next one, forgetting about the missed dose of Piracetam.
Patients are not recommended to take double doses of Piracetam, unless their personal health care provider tells them to do so, because this can lead to an overdose of Piracetam, which can have severe consequences.
It is well known the fact that each medicine has its side effects, which some people experience and some do not. Here is a list of the side effects which are usually associated with Piracetam: diarrhea, difficulty in sleeping, depression, somnolence, weight gain, depression, nervousness, and hyperkinesias.
Patients may also experience an allergic reaction to Piracetam. The symptom of an allergic reaction to Piracetam, include the following symptoms: itching, hives, rash, sore throat, swelling of the face, lips, tongue and throat.
This is not a complete list of all the side effects which patients can experience during their treatment with Piracetam. Patients should announce their personal health care provider if they experience other side effects than those listed above.
Patients are recommended to inform their doctor about all the drugs they are taking, such as: prescription medication, vitamins, over the counter drugs and herbal products. It is known that Piracetam interacts with MAO inhibitors; ask your pharmacist to tell you which drugs belong to this category.
Patients who are under treatment with medications which lower the patient's blood sugar levels should talk to their doctor to adjust their dose, in order to avoid unwanted interactions. Also, patients who are taking anti-depressants (such as Paxil, Zoloft or Prozac) are also at a risk of developing drug interactions.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Piracetam may also be known as:
- Cerepar N;