piracetam effect on consciousness after neurosurgery

Effect of piracetam on level of consciousness after neurosurgery.

Richardson AE, Bereen FJ.

Lancet 1977 Nov 26;2(8048):1110-1


Piracetam is said to protect the cerebral cortex against hypoxia. Since surgery is believed to aggravate cerebral hypoxia and the consequent neurological dysfunction, patients undergoing surgery for brain tumors or ruptured cerebral aneurysms were studied. A random, non-stratified study of 100 patients showed that a significantly higher percentage of patients receiving piracetam attain or maintain a normal or near-normal level of consciousness postoperatively than those receiving a placebo. No side-effects or interaction of piracetam with other medications were noted.