|Aniracetam is an original
pharmaceutical product by Roche, which acts on the central nervous
system (CNS), stimulating the learning process and the memory. Pharmacological
studies have shown that Aniracetam stimulates the functions of certain
neuronal receptors by means of glutamic acid, bringing about memorization
processes (AMPA receptors) and protection of nerve cells (metabotrophic
receptors). Clinical studies have shown specific therapeutic activity
in elderly patients affected by alterations of the cognitive functions.
Both long and short term memory improvement have seen in addition
to learning, attention span, alertness, concentration, reasoning
and absent mindedness.
Attention and memory disorders of a degenerative or vascular
origin in the elderly.
Individual hypersensitivity to the product.
Precautions and Special Warnings
In the case of unrest, anxiety, agitation in the evening or
insomnia, it is advisable for the patient to take the second dose
in the early hours of the afternoon or even one single 1500mg
dose in the morning. Although animal research has shown no teratogenic
effects, taking this product during pregnancy or while nursing
is still inadvisable. In patients suffering from serious renal
insufficiency (creatine clearance < 10ml/min), the daily dosage
should be lowered.
Clinical experience has shown no pharmacological interactions
between Aniracetam and other pharmaceutical products.
Directions for Use
The total recommended dosage is 1500mg per day to be taken
in 1 or 2 doses. The tablets are to be taken whole accompanied
by water. The contents of the powder packets are to be dissolved
in a half glass of water. The therapeutic effect of Aniracetam
is seen after about 60 days and may be more pronounced after 4
months of treatment.
Cases of overdose of this pharmaceutical product have not
Unpleasant Side Effects
Aniracetam is well tolerated by all patients, even the elderly.
Although occasional signs of agitation, anxiety, unrest, insomnia
have been reported, these side effects subside if treatment is
modified (see precautions and warnings). Rare side effects have
been reported of headache, a sense of epigastric heaviness, drowsiness,
asthenia and dizziness. Should you experience any side effects
not described here consult your physician.
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