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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

What Research Shows

Not Enough Data to Assess

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.
Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Safety Notes

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.
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.


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Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
  • Review Date: 07/2019
  • Update Date: 03/26/2020