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Nootropil ®

800  mg film-coated Tablets


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• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it
on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are
the same as yours.
In this leaflet:
1. What Nootropil Tablets are for
2. Before you take Nootropil Tablets
3. How to take Nootropil Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Nootropil Tablets
6. Further information.

1. What Nootropil Tablets are for
Nootropil Tablets belongs to a group of medicines known as
GABA analogues.
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. Before you take Nootropil Tablets
Do not take Nootropil Tablets if:
• You are allergic to the active ingredient piracetam
• You are allergic to any of the other ingredients of Nootropil
(these are listed in Section 6)
• 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
If any of the above applies to you, do not take Nootropil
Tablets and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Check with your doctor 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.)
• You have ever had any kind of bleeding problem.

3. How to take Nootropil Tablets
Always take Nootropil Tablets exactly as your doctor has told
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
• 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 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 missed dose.
Simply take the next dose as planned.
Stopping 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 about the use of this medicine,
ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines Nootropil Tablets can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following You may notice the following side effects:
• An allergic reaction and experience difficulty breathing,
swelling, fever
• Thyroid extract or thyroxine
• Spontaneous bleeding caused by defects in your blood
• Anticoagulants such as warfarin or aceno-coumarol
clotting mechanism
• Low dose aspirin
• Worse fits
• Any other medicines, including medicines obtained without
• Hallucinations
a prescription.
• Difficulty balancing and unsteadiness when standing
• Anxiety and agitation
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast- • Confusion
feeding ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking • Restlessness
Nootropil Tablets. If you are taking this medicine, use • Nervousness
contraception to avoid becoming pregnant. If you are taking • Sleepiness
• Depression
Nootropil Tablets and you think you may be pregnant, consult
• Weakness
your doctor immediately.
• Vertigo
Driving and using machines
• Weight increase
Nootropil Tablets may cause drowsiness and shakiness. If this • Stomach pain
• Diarrhoea
happens to you, do not drive or use machinery.
• Feeling or being sick
Warning about some of the ingredients in Nootropil • Headache
• Being unable to sleep
This medicine contains 46 mg sodium per dose. To be taken • Swelling of the skin, particularly around the face
• Skin rash and itching.
into consideration by patients on a controlled sodium diet.


If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

5. How to store Nootropil Tablets
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Nootropil 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.

6. Further information
What Nootropil Tablets contain
The active substance is piracetam. Each tablet contains
800 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
Nootropil 800 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
90 tablets.
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This leaflet was last updated September 2011.

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