Piracetam as an aid to learning in dyslexia. Preliminary report

Psychopharmacology (Berl). 1979 Sep;65(1):107-9. doi: 10.1007/BF00491989.


Sixteen male dyslexic children were seen again when adults and matched with 14 student volunteers for a 21-day trial of piracetam. It was found, using a double-blind cross-over technique, that dyslexics significantly increased their verbal learning by 15.0% and students by 8.6% (over and above their placebo increase).

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Dyslexia / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Learning / drug effects
  • Piracetam / therapeutic use*
  • Pyrrolidinones / therapeutic use*


  • Pyrrolidinones
  • Piracetam