Some manufacturers sell piracetam as a dietary supplement, however, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not consider piracetam to be a legal dietary supplement.

The FDA holds it is not generally recognized as safe and effective for use under the conditions prescribed, recommended, or suggested in their labeling.

Piracetam is most commonly used for breath-holding attacks, seizure disorders, dizziness, dyslexi, and tardive dyskinesia.

Piracetam is a chemical that is thought to help cells to maintain their membrane.

Some studies shows that taking piracetam for 2-3 months helps to reduce breath-holding spells in young children.

Research shows that giving a single dose of piracetam by injection (IV) or by mouth around the time of CABG surgery helps with memory recall after surgery.

Research shows that taking piracetam for at least 12 weeks improves some reading skills in children aged 7-14 years with dyslexia.

Taking piracetam reduces some symptoms of epilepsy in some patients who are also taking antiseizure drugs. 

Symptoms of tardive dyskinesia may improve in some people when piracetam is taken.

 Intravenous piracetam decreases feelings of dizziness in people with vertigo. 

Piracetam by mouth helpful for reducing vertigo symptoms in people with acute vertigo. 

It does not improve mental function in people with Alzheimer disease.

Taking piracetam three times daily might improve memory loss with aging in some people.

Taking piracetam with a medication called risperidone may improve some symptoms of autism in children.

It might improve memory loss in some patients with dementia.

Adverse reactions: nausea, vomiting, weight gain, nervousness, and sleep changes.

There isn’t enough reliable information to know if piracetam is safe to use when pregnant or breast feeding.

Increases cocaine use in people who are addicted to cocaine and are trying to quit.

Stopping piracetam or decreasing the dose of piracetam might increase the number of seizures in people with epilepsy.

Anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs interacts with piracetam

And may increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

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