Vinpocetine is a compound that is made in a lab. It mimics a compound found in the periwinkle plant. Vinpocetine has been used to treat symptoms of stroke and brain disorders by helping improve blood flow to the brain. It can be taken as a pill. It can also be injected into the bloodstream by a healthcare provider.
10 to 20 milligrams 3 times daily
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It is likely safe to take vinpocetine in small doses for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period.
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Last reviewed July 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 3/26/2020
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