piracetam treatment in ischemic stroke

Piracetam treatment in ischemic stroke

Tomczykiewicz K, Domzal T.

Kliniki Neurologicznej Centralnego Szpitala Klinicznego
Wojskowej Akademii Medycznej, Warsaw , Poland
Neurol Neurochir Pol 1997 Nov-Dec;31(6):1101-9


The increase of interest in piracetam in the treatment of stroke has been noticed lately. The reason of that is the unique double-action of this drug which depends on: 1. its effect on vascular system, and 2. improving of the metabolic process in a nerve cell. The purpose of our work was the evaluation of the therapeutic action of piracetam in comparison with other drugs, which are applied in treating stroke. 171 patients were examined, and piracetam was given to 40 of them. The effects of the treatment were evaluated after 14 days of using piracetam in dose of 12.0 g i.v. The authors estimate, that this drug is efficient in ischaemic stroke. However, its definite superiority over other drugs has not been firmly stated.