Uses for Piracetam
Piracetam is said to act as a nootropic, a class of drugs designed to enhance memory
and boost cognitive function. In alternative medicine, it's thought
that piracetam can help increase brain function by promoting
communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
In addition, piracetam is purported to treat or prevent the following health problems:
Piracetam is also said to slow up the aging process and promote recovery from alcoholism.
Benefits of Piracetam
So far, scientific support for the benefits of piracetam is
limited. Here's a look at several study findings on the potential
For a report published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
in 2012, investigators analyzed the available research on the use of
piracetam among stroke patients. The study's authors note that piracetam
can help protect against the formation of blood clots and shield nerve
cells from injury or breakdown, which could benefit stroke patients.
However, looking at data from three clinical trials (involving a total
of 1,002 patients), the report's authors found no evidence that
piracetam can help improve functioning or reduce mortality in people who
have experienced a stroke.
Piracetam may benefit elderly people suffering from dementia or cognitive impairment, according to a 2002 report published in Dementia & Geriatric Cognitive Disorders. Analyzing the results of 19 previously published studies, the report's authors found that piracetam was superior to placebo in the treatment of older adults with cognitive impairment.
3) Central Nervous System Disorders
A report published in the journal Drugs in 2010 suggests
that piracetam shows promise in the treatment of central nervous system
disorders. Sizing up the available research on piracetam for central
nervous system disorders, the report's authors determined that piracetam
may aid in the treatment of depression, anxiety, myoclonus epilepsy,
and tardive dyskinesia (a type of neurological disorder).