Piracetam is used on its own or together with other medicines to treat myoclonus (sudden jerking of muscles).
This medicine may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
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, swallow it whole with a glass of water. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet.
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 spoon or cup provided to measure out your prescribed dose.
The dose of Piracetam will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment regimen depending on your condition, response and tolerability to this medicine.
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.
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.
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- severe kidney disease
- bleeding in the brain
- Huntington’s disease (inherited condition that damages certain nerve cells in the brain)
as Piracetam may not be suitable for you.
Do not take Piracetam if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. Piracetam may cause harm to your unborn child. You must use proven birth control methods while taking this medicine.
Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Piracetam.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- severe bleeding disorders
- at risk of bleeding e.g. stomach ulcer
- history of stroke
- kidney disease
If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine.
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Piracetam to an elderly. Elderly may be more sensitive to the side effects.
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: difficulty sleeping, headache, tiredness, muscle spasm, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, weight gain, itching, and rash.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- medicines for thyroid e.g. levothyroxine
- blood-thinning medicine e.g. warfarin
- medicines for pain and inflammation e.g. aspirin
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Piracetam.
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.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.