Piracetam - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Piracetam is used on its own or together with other medicines to treat myoclonus (sudden jerking of muscles).

This medicine may also be used to treat vertigo (dizziness with sensations of spinning), memory loss, and lack of concentration or alertness. It may be used in children together with speech therapy to treat dyslexia (learning difficulty that affects the ability to read, write, and speak).

Piracetam may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Piracetam exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take this medicine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Piracetam is available as a tablet, capsule or oral solution.

If you are taking the tablet or capsule, swallow it whole with a glass of water.

If you are taking an oral solution, swallow the undiluted solution with a glass of water or soft drink to reduce the bitter taste. Use the measuring device (e.g. spoon, cup) provided to measure out your prescribed dose.

The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on the type and severity of your condition.

Piracetam must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it suddenly as this may worsen your condition.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • severe kidney disease
  • bleeding in the brain
  • Huntington's disease (a rare inherited condition that damages certain nerve cells in the brain)
as Piracetam may not be suitable for you.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • severe bleeding disorder
  • at risk of bleeding e.g. stomach ulcer
  • history of stroke
  • kidney disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Piracetam to a child or the elderly. Children or elderly people may be more sensitive to the side effects.

If you are going to have an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine.

Your doctor may need to perform blood tests to make sure that your kidney function is normal before you take this medicine and thereafter depending on your doctor's advice.
What side effects could I experience?
Piracetam may cause drowsiness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: weight gain, nervousness, weakness, uncoordinated movements and muscle spasm.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • pass out bloody or black as tar stools
  • vomiting blood or ground-coffee like material
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines for thyroid disease e.g. levothyroxine
  • blood-thinning medicines e.g. acenocoumarol, aspirin
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on piracetam - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2024 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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