Piracetam 800mg is a neuroprotective and anticonvulsant medicine that can help to reduce involuntary movements in the arms and legs. It is often prescribed to minimise symptoms such as muscle jerks in patients with seizure disorders. However, Piracetam also belongs to a group of medicines known as nootropics, which can help to improve cognitive function. Research suggests that Piracetam could enhance memory and learning.
How Piracetam Works
Piracetam is derived from Gamma Aminobutyric Acid, which is a neurotransmitter that has been shown to minimise excitability amongst central nervous system neurons. It achieves this by interacting with the chemicals Acetylcholine and Glutamate, which direct cell behaviour and instruct muscles to contract and relax. By inhibiting excitable behaviours, Piracetam can help to prevent involuntary body movements.
The neuroprotective properties of Piracetam are less well understood. It is believed that Piracetam can increase blood flow around the brain’s cerebral cortex region to promote alertness and boost concentration to enhance learning and memory.
Piracetam is often used to treat:
- Cortical myoclonus
- Cognitive disorders
- Symptoms of dementia
- Symptoms of vertigo
Piracetam is often taken two or three times per day. It is advised to begin at a low dose of 7.2g daily, increasing gradually as needed to see the desired effects, up to a maximum of 24g per day. It is important to take Piracetam as advised by the manufacturer, or as recommended by your doctor if taking prescription medicine.
If a dose is missed, take as soon as you remember, If it is nearer to the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose as normal. Do not take a double dose.
Piracetam can have a very bitter taste. If you find it unpleasant to take Piracetam with water, it is OK to take with a flavoured soft drink. It is best to swallow the tablet whole.
Piracetam Side Effects
Piracetam is generally considered to be safe when taken as prescribed. However, as with many medications, some patients may experience mild side effects, including:
- Anxiety and nervousness
- Movement disorders such as shaking
- Increased weight
It is important for patients to read the patient information leaflet in the packaging for a full list of possible side effects from taking Piracetam. Always consult with the prescribing doctor if side effects persist. If experiencing difficulty breathing, call 999 immediately.
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