What is piracetam?


Generic Name: Piracetam Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Know the basics

What is piracetam used for?

Piracetam Tablets belongs to a group of medicines known as GABA analogues.

Piracetam Tablets contains the active ingredient Piracetam. It acts on the brain and nervous system and is thought to protect it against a shortness of oxygen.

Piracetam Tablets are used in combination with other medicines to treat myoclonus. This is a condition in which the nervous system causes muscles, particularly in the arms and legs, to start to jerk or twitch uncontrollably.

How should I take piracetam?

  • Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water.
  • Do not break or chew the tablets as piracetam has a very bitter taste.
  • If you find it difficult to swallow the tablets tell your doctor as soon as possible as they can prescribe piracetam in the form of a solution.

How do I store piracetam?

Piracetam is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store piracetam in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of piracetam that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush piracetam down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Know the precautions & warnings

What should I know before using piracetam?

Do not take Piracetam Tablets if:

  • You are allergic to the active ingredient piracetam
  • You are allergic to any of the other ingredients of Piracetam (these are listed in Section 6)
  • You have ever had serious kidney problems
  • You suffer from Huntington‘s Disease (also known as Huntington‘s Chorea)
  • You have ever experienced a brain haemorrhage

If any of the above applies to you, do not take Piracetam Tablets and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Check with your doctor before taking Piracetam Tablets if:

  • You think your kidneys may not be working perfectly. (Your doctor may need to start you on a lower dose.)
  • You have ever had any kind of bleeding problem.

Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:

  • Thyroid extract or thyroxine
  • Anticoagulants such as warfarin or aceno-coumarol
  • Low dose aspirin
  • Any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.

Is it safe to take piracetam during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.

Know the side effects

What are the side effects of piracetam?

You may notice the following side effects:

  • An allergic reaction and experience difficulty breathing, swelling, fever
  • Spontaneous bleeding caused by defects in your blood clotting mechanism
  • Worse fits
  • Hallucinations
  • Difficulty balancing and unsteadiness when standing
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Weakness
  • Vertigo
  • Weight increase
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling or being sick
  • Headache
  • Being unable to sleep
  • Swelling of the skin, particularly around the face
  • Skin rash and itching.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Know the interactions

What drugs may interact with piracetam?

Piracetam may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with piracetam?

Piracetam may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with piracetam?

Piracetam may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Understand the dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.

What is the dose of piracetam for an adult?

The normal starting dose is 7.2 g each day (six tablets).

It is best to split the dose so that the tablets are taken on two or three

separate occasions during the day (e.g. 2 tablets in the morning, 2 at

midday and 2 in the evening).

When you start taking this medicine your doctor may tell you to gradually

increase the dose to ensure that you receive the best dose to treat your


What is the dose of piracetam for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is piracetam available?

Piracetam is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

Tablets: 800 mg; 1200 mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of piracetam, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: May 30, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017