What Is Piracetam and How Does It Work?

Piracetam suggested uses include for Alzheimer's disease, dementia, memory dysfunction, alcoholism, Raynaud's phenomenon, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), stroke, tardive dyskinesia, dyslexia, brain injury, and vertigo.

  • Piracetam is approved in many European countries for myoclonus, and aging-related conditions (dementia, Alzheimer's).
  • Some clinical studies show piracetam is effective for dyslexia, brain injury, and vertigo.
  • Piracetam is available under the following different brand and other names: dinagen, myocalm, nootropil, and qropi.

What Are Dosages of Piracetam?

Dosages of Piracetam:

Suggested Dosing

  • Adult: 1.6-9.6 g/day orally

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

  • Children under 16 years old: not recommended

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Piracetam?

Common side effects of piracetam include:

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Piracetam?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider, or pharmacist first.

This information does not contain all possible interactions or adverse effects. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share this information with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your health care professional or doctor for additional medical advice, or if you have health questions, concerns, or for more information about this medicine.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Piracetam?


This medication contains piracetam. Do not take dinagen, myocalm, nootropil, or qropi if you are allergic to piracetam or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.


Effects of Drug Abuse

  • None

Short-Term Effects

  • May impair ability to drive or perform hazardous tasks
  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Piracetam?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Piracetam?"


  • Avoid abrupt withdrawal
  • Elderly
  • Renal impairment
  • May impair ability to drive or perform hazardous tasks
  • Blood dyscrasias

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Piracetam use is contraindicated during pregnancy or while breastfeeding
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