Piracetam is the chemical name for the smart drug brand "Nootropil". Piracetam was first synthesized in 1964 in Belgium by Dr.Giurgea, a psychochemist and is available today without a prescription in most countries.

How piracetam increases mental smarts is poorly understood. Animal studies show that piracetam facilitates learning and memory, improves communication between the two halves of the brain, and protects brains against low oxygen (fatigue), and chemical injury (including alcohol). Piracetam is known to increase brain ATP (energy) and facilitate cholinergic and dopamine nerve transmission.

Clinically piracetam has been used in the treatment of alcoholism, sickle cell anemia, and muscle twitch disorders.


Piracetam Dose

Piracetam comes in powder and pill forms. Powders are cheaper and come with a measuring scoop to get uniform doses with each use. When using piracetam powder it is best mixed with orange juice or any other sweet fruit juice to mask its bitter taste. Tablets are convenient especially for transport e.g. to take between classes or lunch breaks and circumvent the taste. Piracetam's dosage is always written on the side of the manufacturers label by law. Average maintenance dose for piracetam is 800-2000mg per dose two to three times per day. As with all medications, aim to use the minimum effective dose that works for you.

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Piracetam Attack Dose

To notice the effects of piracetam quickly, experts suggest initiating therapy at high doses of 3000mg three times a day for two days, then stepping down to maintenance dosing as above. Some users have reported not being able to notice the effects of piracetam without this rapid build up but not all users need an attack dose of piracetam.

Piracetam and Choline

Combination of piracetam with choline has a synergistic effect on cognition. Piracetam promotes neurotransmitter flow while choline provides the building blocks to replenish the depleted neurotransmitter stores. Without choline piracetams effect may be blunted, shortened, or lead to headaches. Choline is added to piracetam three times a day at 1g.

Piracetam Side Effects

Piracetam is generally well tolerated. Side effects are typically self-limiting and reversible on discontinuation. Potential side effects at higher doses include:

  • Upset stomach and gas
  • Nervousness. Jitteriness.
  • Insomnia.
  • Headache.
  • Better grades.

As a precaution, Piracetam should not be used under 18 years of age, if you have a medical condition, or if you are pregnant without consulting your doctor. Piracetam has no addictive properties.


Neat Nerdy Facts About Piracetam

  • Time to peak blood concentration of piracetam is 45min.
  • Piracetam is excreted by your kidneys via your urine.
  • It takes 5 hours to eliminate 50% of a piracetam dose.
  • Combining piracetam with choline or lethicin granules increases its potency by providing the brain with raw material for neurotransmitter production.
  • Piracetam is non-addictive.
  • Studies on lab mice scaled to human size suggest that consuming an ice cream bucket full of piracetam 1lb / 600g at one sitting would still not be lethal.

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Choline is widely used and available at most supermarkets in the health section. But Piracetam can be maddingly hard to find as its use is not mainstream. In bigger cities, a visit to a big box health food store may have it in stock or be able to order it for you, but smaller malls generally don't carry it. You can also get it right in your mailbox from our drop shippers here: Buy Piracetam at CramShop.com

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Article Last Updated: August 31 2014
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