dr Rajni Farmania
Pediatric Neurologist
Centre for Child Health, BLK Super Speciality Hospital
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Piracetam is a derivative of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). In Breath Holding Spell (BHS), cerebral anoxia produced by asystole (pallid spell) or prolonged apnea (cyanotic spell) causes loss of consciousness during a spell and the GABA mimetic effect of Piracetam helps prevent the event.

Piracetam use reduces the number of attacks in BHS significantly. It is an effective drug with minimal side-effects and a good safety profile for treatment of severe and frequent spells.(i.e 3 or more spells per month associated with alteration of body tone or loss of consciousness)

Dose of Piracetam

50- 100 mg/kg/day in two divided doses

Available as Suspension 500mg per 5 ml and 400 mg Capsules (Nootropil, Pritam)

Posted On: 05/04/2019

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