Phenylpiracetam is a modified form of the original nootropic Piracetam, containing the addition of a phenyl group to the molecular structure. This simple modification has increased its potency tenfold, allowing it to enter the brain much more efficiency.
Phenylpiracetam is one of the most potent racetam nootropics available today and is used in many different situations. Even small amounts of it can provide a mighty boost to both physical and mental performance. Some major benefits include:
- improved motivational and productivity
- enhanced memory and neuroprotection1https://link.springer.com/article/10.2165/11319230-000000000-00000
- increased clarity of mind and creativity
- enhanced physical performance, especially complex motor coordination (ex: sports, gymnastics, and weight lifting)2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16447562
- anti-depressive and anti-stress mood benefits2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16447562
Who Can Benefit From Phenylpiracetam?
Interestingly, phenylpiracetam was first developed to assist Soviet astronauts in their missions, which were highly cognitively demanding and stressful ordeals. It’s been shown to improve higher brain function while also reducing anxiety, depression, and stress.2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16447562
However, after becoming available over the counter as a generic, it has gained considerable attention for its broad range of benefits. It is commonly used nowadays by students, writers, powerlifters, and programmers.
In fact, phenylpriacetam is listed as one of the banned susbstances in the Olympics due to its significant performance-enhancing effects. This is due its ability to enhance psychmotor activity, which is responsible for finesse and intentional actions.2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16447562
From concentration and problem solving, and from productivity to memory, Phenylpiracetam causes generalized brain-boosting actions across different cognitive and physical domains. These attributes help establish it as one of the best nootropics on the market.
What’s the Catch?
Phenylpiracetam has so many benefits, and many people may think it sounds too good to be true.
Interestingly, after reading the current literature and user reports, phenylpiracetam side effects seem quite rare. The only real side effect is sleep difficulty if it is taken at night. Anxiety is relatively uncommon but is possible when high doses.
There is one caveat that we’d like to discuss briefly: Phenylpiracetam loses effectiveness when used repeatedly. We believe this is a positive quality however, as this is a feature that is shared with all other racetam nootropics.
There are virtually zero reported cases of addiction, withdrawal, or dependence. Phenylpiractam is neuroprotective and appears to have self-regulating properties that prevent abuse1https://link.springer.com/article/10.2165/11319230-000000000-00000.
This is a very unique pharmacological property that really sets this nootropic apart from prescription stimulants such as Adderall.
Repeated doses of phenylpiracetam will lose effectiveness very quickly, and even taking higher doses will still cease to work.
Due to this self-regulating feature, we suggest taking phenylpiracetam as-needed. Typically, it is most effective when taken once a week. Taking it every day will quickly stop working, even if higher doses are used. However, it does have neuroprotective and memory-enhancing qualities that may persist even, so daily use may still benefit you.
How Does it Work?
It was also shown to provide a moderate boost to dopamine, norepinephrine and GABA in various regions of the brain, which can improve concentration, motivation, and overall mood.3https://link.springer.com/article/10.1134%2FS18197124110200484https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091305717301545[/f
Our Final Thoughts On Phenylpiracetam
In our eyes, phenylpiracetam is the closest thing to a perfect nootropic.
It’s effects are medium-duration, lasting about 6 hours, perfect for enhancing a good chunk of your day without causing insomnia or a “wired” feeling. It’s very unlikely to enduce euphoria or hypomania and as such does not cause unstable mood swings or a “crashing” effect once the substance wears off.
It doesn’t simply make you think you have improved performance, it actually enhances performance in a very real way.
Phenylpiracetam Dosage Information
Phenylpiracetam is generally dosed once at 100-200mg. However, many people do report they do not feel much of an effect at this range. Some people may need to take up to 400mg to feel an effect. We recommend starting with 200mg first thing in the morning – then taking an additional 100-200mg if they don’t feel anything. It’s best to use it once a week at the most, as taking it more than once a week can noticeably reduce its effectiveness.
Phenylpiracem is best taken with a choline source such as alpha-gpc, as it may rapidly deplete levels of this neurotransmitter.
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