Nootropil is a medication used to treat a condition known as myoclonus. This condition affects an individual’s nervous system and causes uncontrollable and consistent twitching. This medication works best when it is used with a combination of other anti-myoclonus medications.
How It works
This medication belongs to a group of drugs that are known as GABA analogues. The active ingredient in this medication is Piracetam. This ingredient works by directly affecting the brain and the nervous system. It has been found that individuals with myoclonus have insufficient oxygen levels. Thus, this medication works by balancing the level of oxygen in the brain.
The primary use of this medication is its ability to treat myoclonus. Although this medication does not address the root cause of the condition, it does reduce the severity of the condition by decreasing the occurrence of the symptoms. It reduces the jerking and twitching the arms and muscles to a significant degree. This enables the affected individual to take part in his/her daily activities without requiring the assistance of another individual.
The dosage of this medication is determined through the individual’s medical history, response to the treatment and age. Your physician might prescribe you to a low dosage and then increase it gradually in order to reduce the risk of side effects. Do not increase the dosage of this medication in an attempt to enhance the effectiveness of the drug. This will only increase the risk of side effects to a further extent.
In order to benefit from this medication, you must use it regularly. Thus, do not skip or miss a dosage unnecessarily. Continue the treatment even if the symptoms are no longer present. You will have to consume the drug as long as your physician asks you to. Do not stop the medication abruptly without notifying your healthcare provider. This can lead to dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
The following are some side effects of this medication that you may or may not experience during the treatment period.
Loss of appetite
Although you might not experience all of the above side effects, it is best to keep an eye out for all of them. If you experience any of the above, contact your healthcare provider immediately for medical assistance.
Adhering to the precautionary methods given below will enable you to reduce the risk of the above side effects to a great degree.
Inform your pharmacist and physician about your medical history and current medications
Check whether you are allergic to any of the ingredients used in the medication
Inform your physician before changing the dosage or dose schedule
Do not use this medication on the elderly since they are more sensitive to the side effects
Do not drive or operate machinery since this medication can impair your thinking and reaction
If you become pregnant during the treatment period, inform your physician immediately. This medication can affect the health of your baby adversely. Thus, it is best to refrain from this medication during the period of pregnancy.
Do not consume alcohol during the treatment period. This can affect the effectiveness of the medication and can also increase the risk of side effects.