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Piracetam Side Effects

Common Piracetam Side Effects


The most commonly reported Piracetam side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Amnesia (2)
Anorexia (2)
Pain In Extremity (2)
Hemiparesis (2)
Pyrexia (2)
Vasculitis (2)
Oropharyngeal Pain (1)
Muscle Rigidity (1)
Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (1)
Upper Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage (1)
Face Oedema (1)
Visual Acuity Reduced (1)
Visual Impairment (1)
Inguinal Hernia (1)
Leukoencephalopathy (1)
Lymphadenopathy (1)
Ischaemic Stroke (1)
Hyperkinesia (1)
Haemorrhage (1)
Facial Pain (1)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

Piracetam Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following Piracetam reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.


The appearance of Piracetam on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.
Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, Hyperkinesia, Clonic Convulsion, Muscle Rigidity, Sinus Tachycardia, Delirium, Pyrexia
This is a report of a 70-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from GR, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Piracetam (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Rotigotine
  • Pramipexol
  • Amantadine
  • Quetiapine
  • Levodopa
  • Carbidopa
  • Piperacillin
  • Tazobactam
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome
  • Hyperkinesia
  • Clonic Convulsion
  • Muscle Rigidity
  • Sinus Tachycardia
  • Delirium
  • Pyrexia
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Piracetam treatment in male patients, resulting in death side effect.


This report suggests a potential Piracetam side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 38-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from UNITED KINGDOM was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Piracetam (dosage: Dose Not Sure) starting NS. Soon after starting Piracetam the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
    Drugs used concurrently:
    • Vimpat
    • Lamotrigine (Daily Dose: 700 Mg)
    Although Piracetam demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as sudden unexplained death in epilepsy, may still occur.

    Facial Pain, Face Oedema, Pain In Jaw, Pyrexia, Rash, Cheilitis, Oropharyngeal Pain, Lymphadenopathy, Erythema
    This Facial Pain, Face Oedema, Pain In Jaw, Pyrexia, Rash, Cheilitis, Oropharyngeal Pain, Lymphadenopathy, Erythema problem was reported by a physician from FRANCE. A 86-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: balance disorder. On May 01, 2011 this consumer started treatment with Piracetam (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
    • Solupred (france) (Solupred 20 One Intake Only)
    • Tanakan (france)
    When commencing Piracetam, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
    • Facial Pain
    • Face Oedema
    • Pain In Jaw
    • Pyrexia
    • Rash
    • Cheilitis
    • Oropharyngeal Pain
    • Lymphadenopathy
    • Erythema
    Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as facial pain, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

    Eye Movement Disorder, Hemiparesis, Dysaesthesia
    This is a report of a 70-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from POLAND. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: NA and was treated with Piracetam (dosage: NA) starting NS. Concurrently used drugs:
    • Statin
    Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
    • Eye Movement Disorder
    • Hemiparesis
    • Dysaesthesia
    This opens a possibility that Piracetam treatment could cause the above reactions, including eye movement disorder, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.


    Visual Impairment, Saccadic Eye Movement, Creutzfeldt-jakob Disease, Dementia, Amnesia, Ataxia, Inguinal Hernia, Disturbance In Attention, Leukoencephalopathy
    A 71-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from GERMANY with the following symptoms/conditions: NA started Piracetam treatment (dosage: NA) on NS. Soon after starting Piracetam treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
    • Visual Impairment
    • Saccadic Eye Movement
    • Creutzfeldt-jakob Disease
    • Dementia
    • Amnesia
    • Ataxia
    • Inguinal Hernia
    • Disturbance In Attention
    • Leukoencephalopathy
    Concurrently used drugs:
    • Phenobarbital Srt
    • Midazolam
    • Lorazepam
    • Topiramate
    • Vimpat ((50 Mg, 50mgx2))
    • Aspirin
    • Keppra
    • Valproic Acid
    This finding indicates that some male patients could be more vulnerable to Piracetam.

    Hemiparesis, Ischaemic Stroke, Aphasia
    A female patient from POLAND (weight: NA) experienced symptoms, such as: NA and was treated with Piracetam(dosage: 2400 Nr). The treatment was initiated on Feb 24, 2009. After that a consumer reported the following side effect(s):
    • Hemiparesis
    • Ischaemic Stroke
    • Aphasia
    Concurrently used drugs, which potentially could have contributed to side effect(s) or affected Piracetam efficacy:
    • Bisoprolol Fumarate (5 Mg)
    • Amiodarone (200 Mg)
    • Potassium (315 Mg)
    • Gliquidone (2 Mg)
    • Levothyroxine (150 Mcg)
    • Ramipril (10 Mg)
    • Lacidipine (4 Mg)
    • Chlorthalidone (50 Mg)
    The patient was hospitalized.

    Upper Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage, Acute Myocardial Infarction
    In this report, Piracetam (piracetam) was administered for the following condition: NA.A 80-year-old male consumer from TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA (weight: NA) started Piracetam (piracetam) treatment (dosage: NA) on Oct 07, 2010.Sometime after starting the treatment, the patient complained of the following side effect(s):
    • Upper Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage
    • Acute Myocardial Infarction
    A possible interaction with other drugs could have contributed to this reaction:
    • Aspirin (100 Mg, Qd, Oral)
    • Pletal (100 Mg, Bid, Oral)
    • Tamsuilosin (tamsulosin)
    The patient was hospitalized.Establishing a causal relationship between a specific drug and consumer's side effects is complex, but it is possible that in this report Piracetam (piracetam) treatment could be related to the listed above side effect(s).

    Visual Acuity Reduced
    This is a report of the following Piracetam side effect(s):
    • Visual Acuity Reduced
    A 43-year-old female patient from RUSSIAN FEDERATION (weight: NA) presented with the following condition: NA and received a treatment with Piracetam (dosage: NA) starting: May 01, 2006.The following concurrently used drugs could have generated interactions:
    • Sandostatin Lar
    This report suggests that a Piracetam treatment could be associated with the listed above side effect(s).

    Anorexia, Haemorrhage, Pain In Extremity, Vasculitis
    This Piracetam report was submitted by a 65-year-old male consumer from LATVIA (weight: NA). The patient was diagnosed with: cerebral thrombosis and Piracetam was administered (dosage: NA) starting: Apr 06, 2006. The consumer developed a set of symptoms:
    • Anorexia
    • Haemorrhage
    • Pain In Extremity
    • Vasculitis
    Other drugs used simultaneously:
    • Sermion
    • Plavix
    Those unexpected symptoms could be linked to a Piracetam treatment, however establishing a potential drug-safety problem requires a more detailed clinical analysis.

    Anorexia, Pain In Extremity, Vasculitis
    This is a report of a possible correlation between Piracetam use and the following symptoms/side effect(s):
    • Anorexia
    • Pain In Extremity
    • Vasculitis
    which could contribute to an assessment of Piracetam risk profile.A 65-year-old male consumer from LATVIA (weight: NA) was suffering from cerebral thrombosis and was treated with Piracetam (dosage: NA) starting Apr 06, 2006.Other concurrent medications:
    • Sermion
    • Plavix


    Acute Respiratory Failure, Agitation, Amnesia, Anxiety, Atrial Fibrillation, Balance Disorder, Blood Pressure Increased, Bronchitis Chronic, Cardiac Failure Chronic
    A 78-year-old female patient from POLAND (weight: NA) presented with the following symptoms: NA and after a treatment with Piracetam (dosage: NA) experienced the following side effect(s):
    • Acute Respiratory Failure
    • Agitation
    • Amnesia
    • Anxiety
    • Atrial Fibrillation
    • Balance Disorder
    • Blood Pressure Increased
    • Bronchitis Chronic
    • Cardiac Failure Chronic
    The treatment was started on Jan 01, 2001. Piracetam was used in combination with the following drugs: NA.The patient was hospitalized.This report could alert potential Piracetam consumers.



    Keep Track of Side Effects

    Note Your Observations

    It is really important to keep of your symptoms, right from the time you start a new medicine. You can do it any way you prefer: in a notebook, in a computer file or using our online tool. You should also note down any other medicines you are taking at the same time, because there could be an interaction between these medicines.

    Why Your Notes are Important

    Your notes could be helpful in several ways:

  • You can use them to remind you of details that may alert your health care professional(s) to a problem
  • You will have a record to refer to in the future, in case you are ever prescribed the same medicine again

  • Log Form

    You can use the following log form to write down important information, like the date and time you experienced a side effect and your symptoms, how strong the symptoms were, and any other medicines you were using.

    Medicine Name and Dosage:
    Side Effects Scale Date & Time Other Medicine(s) or Treatment(s)
    Scale: 1 = very mild to 10 = very bad

    You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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    Side Effects reported to FDA: 11

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    Reported deaths: 2

    Reported hospitalizations: 2

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