Nootropil is a GABA analogue drug with the active ingredient piracetam, and can be identified as orange, capsule-shaped tablets to be taken orally.
How It Works
Nootropil works by helping to improve the cognitive functioning of your brain, such as learning capacity, memory, thought processes, and other related functions. It affects the circulation of chemicals in the brain, thus, boosting brainpower. The medication also aims to protect your brain and nervous system against shortness of oxygen.
Nootropil is used to treat myoclonus and prescribed in combination with other medicines. Myoclonus is a nervous system condition that causes the arms and legs muscles to jerk or twitch uncontrollably.
You should take the medication only as prescribed by your doctor as the allocated dose will vary with age; never attempt to adjust the dose or dosage frequency on your own. Your doctor may start you on a lower dose and gradually increase it later. The tablets should be swallowed whole with the help of water. If you missed a dose, just continue with the dosage schedule as planned and do not double dose. Once you feel better, do not discontinue use without consulting your doctor.
When you take Nootropil, you may experience one or more of the following side effects:
Difficulty breathing, swelling, fever, or other allergic reaction
Difficulty balancing/unsteadiness when standing
Anxiety and agitation
Feeling or being sick
Swelling of the skin, especially around the face
Rash and itching
Before taking Nootropil, you should take some precautionary measures. Let your doctor now if:
You are currently taking thyroid extract or thyroxine, anticoagulants such as warfarin or acenocoumarol, low dose aspirin, or any other prescription or nonprescription medicines.
You have any type of kidney-related or bleeding issues.
You are pregnant or planning to be, or breastfeeding. If you are not planning to conceive, try using contraception to avoid becoming pregnant. In the event that you do fall pregnant during treatment, let your doctor know as soon as possible.
Stop taking Nootropil and consult your doctor for further action if:
You are allergic to piracetam, or any other drugs.
You have a history of serious kidney problems
You are a victim of Huntington‘s Disease/Huntington‘s Chorea.
You experienced a brain hemorrhage before.
Do not drive and use heavy machinery as Nootropil may cause drowsiness and shakiness.
As this medicine contains a small amount of sodium per dose, you should take this into consideration if you are on a controlled sodium diet.
If you are allergic to the coloring agent sunset yellow (E110), please note that this is one of the ingredient in this medication.
Keep track of all your doctor appointments and a list of all your medications for future reference and emergency purposes.
Do not share the medication with another person experiencing the same condition; instead, advise him/her to consult a doctor separately.