Piracetam, The Amazing Nootropic

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The nootropic Piracetam is thought to be one of the drugs that make you smarter. It is a drug that was first synthesized in 1964 in Belgium by Scientist, Corneliu E. Giurgea. Piracetam is a racetam nootropic or a nootropic drug found in the racetams group. The trade name is “Nootropli”. It was Giurgea who coined the phrase, “Nootropic”.

It is believed this drug can influence neuron activity, thereby enhancing brain power and improving cognitive function. It works on ion channels which improves blood flow to the brain. It is currently in use in countries around Europe. However, the Food and Drug Administration in the United States have not approved it for medical use. It is also not permitted to be sold as a dietary supplement.

Since it is believed to be a cognitive enhancement drug, it has the ability to boost mental function. Some of the benefits include:

  • Increased memory
  • Improved learning
  • Greater focus
  • Heightened sensory function

It is also thought to work as a neuroprotective agent, so it can prevent further damage to the brain from diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s, but there is currently no scientific evidence to support that theory.

Currently, there are few side effects from the drug. Some side effects may include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Gastrointestinal Issues

It is also believed to reduce depression and anxiety in a person. However, depression may be another side effect.

Taking the nootropic Piracetam is fairly safe. It absorbs in the system quickly. It is water soluble. There is no risk of overdosing because of its low toxicity levels. The recommended dosage is one to three grams per day. It can be taken in liquid, tablet, or powder form. It costs in the range of $20 to $60, and can be purchased at such places like PiracetamSupplements.com and Peak Nootropics.