Vinpocetine information from DrugsUpdate
L - Contraindicated in lactation
Vinpocetine (brand names: Cavinton, Intelectol; chemical name: ethyl apovincaminate) is a semisynthetic derivative alkaloid of vincamine (sometimes described as "a synthetic ethyl ester of apovincamine"), an extract from the periwinkle (plant) Vinca minor.
Vinpocetine is reported to have cerebral blood-flow enhancing and neuroprotective effects, and is used as a drug in Eastern Europe for the treatment of cerebrovascular disorders and age-related memory impairment.
Vinpocetine is widely marketed as a supplement for vasodilation and as a nootropic for the improvement of memory. In other words, Vinpocetine may help support brain functions such as concentration and memory by activating cerebral metabolism. There exists anecdotal report of uncomfortable adverse reactions to vinpocetine in a small subset of users. A low initial dosage is often recommended.
Vinpocetine is derived from vincamine. It increases cerebral circulation and utilisation of oxygen and is used in a variety of cerebral disorders.
Transient hypotension, tachycardia
Hypertension or cardiac dysfunction
Possible decrease in anticoagulation effect with warfarin
Dementia, Cerebrovascular disorders
Adult: 15-30 mg daily in 3 divided doses
Should be taken with food. (Take after meals.)
List of Contraindications
Contraindicated in pregnancy
Contraindicated in lactation