The Side Effects of Vinpocetine

What is Vinpocetine?

Vinpocetine is a synthetic form of a powerful nootropic plant. Vinpocetine is near entirely synthetic and is made from the periwinkle plant, known as the “Vinca Minor.” It is typically taken in 5 to 15-milligram tablets. It is used naturally for many different remedies and nootropic causes worldwide. It is a 100% legal supplement, although there has been some scrutiny about the nootropic currently in the US Senate. There is a decent amount of research to back the idea that Vinpocetine is a powerful nootropic supplement that may serve to benefit a number of neurotransmitters in the brain, and how they re-uptake, leading to a whole host of improved brain functions. This nootropic does not require a doctors prescription to get.


The main benefits of Vinpocetine make themselves known as a potentiator nootropic drug. Potentiate means to make stronger. Vinpocetine on its own is actually somewhat weak, however, it can have a significant multiplier effect when taken with other nootropics, such as Racetam or stimulant nootropic drugs. The most common supplements it is taken with are Piracetam, Pramiracetam, Adrafinil and Alpha GPC Choline (found in Alpha Brain.) If this supplement is taken on its is rarely the case among buyers who purchase this product,


The most common dosage of Vinpocetine that one can take to avoid any side effects is 5 milligrams, though the drug is most often taken in dosages ranging from 5 to 15 milligrams daily, 5 milligrams is, in my opinion, and through many studies online, the best dosage to mitigate Vinpocetine side effects. Because the lower the dosage is, the less chance there is of excess side effects, the lowest dosage will always work best. Vinpocetine dosages may vary depending on whether you’re stacking the compound with other nootropic drugs, such as Piracetam or Adrafinil and Phenylpiracetam (stimulant nootropics.)

If you take it to enhance the effects of stimulant nootropics, such as..say, Adrafinil…you’re going to want to take a lower dosage as to avoid side effects and ensure the dosage isn’t overly strong, like a 5-milligram dosage. If you’re using nootropics that put less strain on your physical body and are mostly mental, such as Piracetam or Aniracetam, you can be a tad more impetuous than when you’re taking a stimulant (when caution should be used) and you can increase your dosage to a range from ten to fifteen milligrams per day.

What are the Major Vinpocetine Side Effects?

Vinpocetine is actually a very powerful nootropic drug when taken as a stack with other nootropics, which, as a potentiator drug, is its main purpose. If you take this drug entirely on its own it is actually incredibly weak, and as such, it is typically used in many nootropic stack compounds and blends such as Optimind and Alpha Brain, as a potentiator. It is very effective at making a large nootropic stack work more effectively. Vinpocetine is 100% legal to buy online and does not require a prescription from your doctor to purchase.

The major Vinpocetine side effects, while they can be somewhat annoying while they occur, are mainly mild and harmless. Vinpocetine side effects typically include a host of symptoms such as:

  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Increased Thirst
  • Decreased Appetite

For the most part, if the nootropic drug is taken at low dosages of 10-15 milligrams per day, these side effects will not manifest themselves or will be very mild in their undertakings.


With all this talk about side effects, I’d like to also include in this article some of the beneficial effects that Vinpocetine can have, as, after all, you’re buying it for its benefits, not the side effects right?

Vinpocetine’s effects, meaning what you’ll actually “feel” if you take this nootropic, include: improved vision, more energy throughout the day, better mental clarity and focus, better overall brain capacity, better capacity for learning and increased interest in whatever it is that you’re learning. This is going to be incredibly subtle in its effects, it’s not going to be like a powerful stimulant where the drug essentially “takes over” and then your mind runs on auto-pilot. It’s more of a subtle, yet powerful touch, and can have very potent brain benefits nonetheless.

Long-Term Use

Long-term use of Vinpocetine, like with any nootropic, is not recommended. Side effects of Vinpocetine can actually increase if it is taken on a long-term basis, as this can cause the drug to build up a tolerance, meaning that higher dosages of the drug are needed in order to get the same effects. This will lead to higher dosages of the drug being taken on a regular basis, which, as already stated in the former, is an exact recipe for how to have side effects. With this being said, Vinpocetine’s effects are not going to feel like the “Limitless Pill” by any means necessary, and as such, its side effects won’t either.

Short-Term Use

Short-term use is where the drug really thrives. Take Vinpocetine atop your main nootropic stacks a few times per weak in low dosages, be sure to do your own research, don’t take the drug daily, and make sure you maintain a healthy lifestyle aside from nootropics, that’s when these drugs can really meet their best potential. Short-term use is definitely how Vinpocetine should be used to avoid side effects. While many online forums will advocate that long-term use of Vinpocetine may be safe, research does not back this claim and these are mainly opinions.


Vinpocetine has a number of major and legitimate uses of which will be touched upon in this section of the blog post. Most people who use Vinpocetine are looking for these several things:

  • To potentiate other nootropic drugs, as Vinpocetine has been known to do this fairly well to stimulants and racetams
  • To derive a kind of general brain benefit from the drug that can include mild euphoria, increased clarity of thought, and increased energy and mental endurance throughout the day
  • To use in order to improve functions of the brain on a regular, long-term basis. Again, this has not been researched or well-studied.

Vinpocetine Research

Vinpocetine research is plentiful in the short-term, but is also very thin and lacking in the long-term. Research shows that Vinpocetine can provide a kind of dual stimulant/relaxant effect, and as such is a very popular and effective nootropic drug to take on a short-term basis. Many people use Vinpocetine with great benefits, and there are few negative reports on usage of the drug online.

Online Reviews of Vinpocetine Side Effects

There have been both positive and negative online reviews about Vinpocetine:

  • A comparison bias – As they compared it to Piperine, Choline, and other strong nootropic drugs that have been known to potentiate other supplements.
  • They took the drug too regularly – Yep, that’ll do it for sure. As I’ve stressed throughout this article, just like any other nootropic compound, you’ll build up a tolerance to the supplement. It’s best to take it in short-term, sporadic bursts, to best use this drug to its fullest extent.
  • They took the drug in too high of a dosage, on too regular a basis – If you’ve read the blog post up until now, you know that this is always going to cause problems, and is always a recipe for disaster.
  • Vinpocetine, in short, if it is taken in the long-term, will not work very well. You’ll be at an increased risk for feeling Vinpocetine side effects, and you’ll develop something of a tolerance to the drug.
  • When taken on a short-term basis, however, the drug can really thrive. So be sure to stick to a low dosage and take the nootropic compound very infrequently, should you decide to purchase and consume this product.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the side effects of Vinpocetine, while not overly horrific, are not pleasant either, and can very easily manifest themselves if too high of a dosage is taken. Always stick to a low dosage when taking this nootropic.

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