Nootropic drugs and aging

Acta Psychiatr Belg. 1983 Jul-Aug;83(4):349-58.


Nootropics are drugs which ameliorate the functional "plasticity" of the central nervous system. The nootropic drug acts at the telencephalic level through a series of bioenergetic, hemorheological, microcirculatory and neurochemical mechanisms. As to this, recent data show a facilitation by piracetam, of the efficiency of the central cholinergic system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aging*
  • Animals
  • Choline / pharmacology
  • Drug Synergism
  • Escape Reaction / drug effects
  • Learning / drug effects
  • Memory / drug effects*
  • Piracetam / pharmacology*
  • Psychotropic Drugs / pharmacology*
  • Pyrrolidinones / pharmacology*
  • Rats


  • Psychotropic Drugs
  • Pyrrolidinones
  • Choline
  • Piracetam