Nootropil (Piracetam) Dosage and Side Effects
1. What Nootropil Tablets are and what they are
Nootropil Tablets belongs to a group of medicines known as
Nootropil 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.
Nootropil 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.
2. What you need to know before you take
Do not take Nootropil Tablets
• if you are allergic to piracetam or any of the other ingredients
of this medicine (listed in section 6).
• if you have ever had serious kidney problems
• if you have ever experienced a brain haemorrhage
• if you suffer from Huntington‘s Disease (also known as
If any of the above applies to you, do not take Nootropil
Tablets and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Nootropil Tablets
• if you think your kidneys may not be working perfectly.
(Your doctor may need to start you on a lower dose.)
• if you have ever had any kind of bleeding problem.
Other medicines and Nootropil Tablets
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently
taken or might take any other medicines.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following
• Thyroid extract or thyroxine
• Anticoagulants such as warfarin or acenocoumarol
• Low dose aspirin
• Any other medicine, including medicines obtained without
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or
pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine. If you are
taking this medicine, use contraception to avoid becoming
pregnant. If you are taking Nootropil Tablets and you think
you may be pregnant, consult your doctor immediately.
Driving and using machines
Nootropil Tablets may cause drowsiness and shakiness. If this
happens to you, do not drive or use machinery.
Warning about some of the ingredients in Nootropil
This medicine contains 46 mg sodium per dose. To be taken
into consideration by patients on a controlled sodium diet.
3. How to take Nootropil Tablets
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you
are not sure.
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 recommended starting dose is 7.2 g each day (six
• It is best to split the dose so that the tablets are taken on two
or three separate occasions during the day (e.g. 2 tablets
in the morning, 2 at midday and 2 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
• 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 Nootropil 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 Nootropil Tablets
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Simply take the next dose as planned.
If you stop taking Nootropil Tablets
Do not stop taking Nootropil Tablets without first talking to
your doctor. Abruptly stopping your medicine may cause
twitching and jerking.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine,
ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
You may notice the following side effects:
• An allergic reaction and experience difficulty breathing,
• Spontaneous bleeding caused by defects in your blood
• Worse fits
• Difficulty balancing and unsteadiness when standing
• Anxiety and agitation
• Weight increase
• Stomach pain
• Feeling or being sick
• Being unable to sleep
• Swelling of the skin, particularly around the face
• Skin rash and itching.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Nootropil Tablets
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Nootropil Tablets 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 throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Nootropil Tablets contains
The active substance is piracetam. Each tablet contains
1200 mg piracetam.
The other ingredients are Macrogol 6000, colloidal anhydrous
silica, magnesium stearate and croscarmellose sodium. The
film coating contains hypromellose (E464), titanium dioxide
(E171) and Macrogol 400.
What Nootropil Tablets look like and contents of the pack
Nootropil 1200 mg Tablets are white, film-coated tablets. The
tablets have the letters N/N marked on them to allow them
to be easily identified. They come in a blister pack of
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