Q: What is Vinpocetine, and for what purpose it is used?
Vinpocetine is made from the leaves of a plant called ‘lesser periwinkle’ or ‘myrtle’ or ‘creeping myrtle’ (Vinca minor). The plant has many medicinal properties and some other substances are also used from different parts of the plant...
Vinpocetine has anti-oxidant properties, which means it prevents the accumulation of harmful substances and purifies the blood. It is used mainly in brain disorders that arise due to reduced blood flow...
In various clinical studies, this compound was found to improve metabolism and blood circulation in the brain and thus increases the oxygen supply and glucose (leading food for the brain) levels
It was found to be particularly useful in memory problems and in conditions like stroke, where there is reduced supply of oxygen to the brain resulting in temporary and permanent damage
In patients with seizures and those with thinking, learning and memory problems (dementia), Vinpocetine was proven clinically to have improved memory and concentration
Vinpocetine is a good treatment option to improve memory
Q: Is there anything else I need to know before taking Vinpocetine?
Vinpocetine should be taken in the exact dose as advised by the physician. This medicine may have to be taken multiple times in a day, as it is absorbed and removed from the blood quickly
Hence, do not take more than the recommended dose of this medicine
It is advisable to take medicine with food
Do not take alcohol when using this medicine; it may cause side effects
Stop the medication at least two weeks before any surgery