Hello. I've been using piracetam daily for 3-4 weeks (dosage 2.4g - 3.2g divided in 2 or 3 times(usualy 1.6+.0.8 +0.8) + lecithin 1 time a day (about 7-8 grams (it's 26% PC)) and stopped yesterday. Today I have tremors in my left hand, and it's generally shaky. I also seem to be nervous and my thoughts are sluggish. I take it this is nothing else, but withdraw. Will these effects go away with time ? Because I saw a few other threads on the subject of piracetam withdraw problems and some people say they didn't. To be honest, that's pretty scary and this topic should be investigated in order to warn possible future users about these possible side effects.
note (added 1 hour later): what was mild nervousness is now pretty much full blown anxiety. I read a thread about someone who stopped piracetam cold turkey, only his dosages reached 8-9 grams a day. He had severe anxiety attacks and ended up in the emergency room. He's now on SSRIs, so I've prepared 2 benzodiazepines in case of a panic attack. Could too high acetylcholine levels be the source of the problem ? Is there something I can do about it or do I just have to wait it out ?
I took 800mg piracetam after reading it's not good to stop it cold turkey. Will take 800mg more later today.
P.S.: piracetam is available in my area and sold without perscription (Pyramem) (just in case discussing illegal substances is forbidden (I think it's illegal in the US))
It will help us to know the indication for which you are taking piracetam. Your symptoms are very likely due to piracetam withdrawal. Abrupt discontinuation of piracetam can cause excessive anxiety, tremors and even myoclonic seizures. These effects are due the fact that Piracetam acts on multiple targets in the brain including Ach, NMDA receptors.
I would suggest you to consult your GP about it as early as possible as this medication should be taken only on medical advice.
It may help to some extent but not all the way. Please make sure from now on not to discontinue medications which act on the central nervous system abruptly. It should be done gradually under your physician’s supervision.
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