What Piracetam Tablets are 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.
Before you take Piracetam Tablets
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
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.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast-feeding ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking Piracetam Tablets. If you are taking this medicine, use contraception to avoid becoming pregnant. If you are taking Piracetam Tablets and you think you may be pregnant, consult your doctor immediately.
Driving and using machines
Piracetam Tablets may cause drowsiness and shakiness. If this happens to you, do not drive or use machinery.
Warning about some of the ingredients in Piracetam Tablets
This medicine contains 46 mg sodium per dose. To be taken into consideration by patients on a controlled sodium diet.
How to take Piracetam Tablets
Always take Piracetam Tablets exactly as your doctor has told you.
Your doctor will choose the dose that is right for you. Your dose will be shown clearly on the label that your pharmacist puts on your medicine. If it does not, or you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
How much medicine to take and when to take it
The normal starting dose is 7.2 g each day (nine tablets).
It is best to split the dose so that the tablets are taken on two or three separate occasions during the day (3 tablets in the morning, 3 at midday and 3 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 condition.
Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
How to take your medicine
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.
Elderly and patients with kidney problems
If you are elderly or have kidney problems your doctor may reduce your dose.
If you take more Piracetam Tablets than you should
If you accidentally take too much, immediately go to the nearest hospital casualty department or your doctor.
If you forget to take Piracetam Tablets
Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose. Simply take the next dose as planned.
Stopping Piracetam Tablets
Do not stop taking Piracetam Tablets without first talking to your doctor. Abruptly stopping your medicine may cause twitching and jerking.
If you have any further questions about the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines Piracetam Tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
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
• Difficulty balancing and unsteadiness when standing
• Anxiety and agitation
How to store Piracetam Tablets
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Piracetam Tablets after the expiry date on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Return any medicine you no longer need to your pharmacist.
Do not use your medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton after EXP:. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.