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People often think of piracetam as a risk-free drug. While it is low risk in comparison to most drugs, there are some potential risks and side effects that people should be aware of.

Piracetam Introduction

Piracetam is considered the most popular smart drug or nootropic.  People take it to enhance their brain function.

Piracetam is sometimes used in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and aging-related memory impairment [R].

It binds to AMPA receptors (allosteric) and may increase the number of NMDA receptors [R].

In rodents, piracetam enhances neuroplasticity and protects neurons in models of alcohol injury [R, R].

To find out about some of the uses and benefits of racetams, read these posts:

My Experience With Piracetam

When I experimented with piracetam, I temporarily experienced brain fog from it. I did have other brain issues at the time, in all fairness to piracetam.

I now have clues why I did poorly on it, which I’ll explain later.  I tried 2 different and reliable brands of piracetam (nootropil, cognitive nutrition), as well as aniracetam and oxiracetam.

I varied the dosages of piracetam and choline, as well as the types of choline.

When I got bad results, I couldn’t understand why, since piracetam is supposedly amazing. People on forums told me I must have been doing something wrong.

No Drug is Risk or Side Effect Free, Including Piracetam

I certainly don’t believe all of the negative reviews listed below, especially since a lot of them don’t seem coherent.

My aim in this post is not to demonstrate that piracetam can’t benefit anyone or that you will suffer harm by taking it, since some people can benefit from it and the vast majority of people don’t seem to experience any harm from taking it. Some people have been taking it for 30 years, in large doses without any harms.

Rather, my aim is to show that piracetam isn’t this risk-free drug it’s made out to be and more importantly, that if you experience negative results, you shouldn’t dismiss them outright.

Even vitamin C has some risks and side effects associated with it, including diarrhea and kidney stones. However, overall it’s pretty safe.

People in the nootropic world tend to assume that piracetam is just as safe as vitamin C, if not safer. The goal of this post is to show that this may not be the case, and caution should be taken even with a drug like piracetam, which generally does have a very low-risk profile as far as drugs go.

The fact that anyone can order it without a prescription in the US bolsters the impression of how safe it is. Again, piracetam is probably safer than the vast majority of drugs.

But it’s still a drug and people should approach piracetam and other racetams with the same category of seriousness as other drugs with low toxicity, but with potential risks, if taken long-term.

The same can be said about many “natural” products that can be legally purchased over the counter in the US like forskolin and huperzine-a, among others. I take these sometimes, but I don’t assume that they are risk-free.

Side Effects Reported in Studies

A study of 927 people taking 12g of piracetam for 12-weeks found no adverse effects from piracetam. However, it noted that death within 12 weeks occurred more frequently in the piracetam group but the difference from placebo was not significant [R].

A longer study of 11 people for 18 months reported that 2 people experienced fatigue, but the study concluded that piracetam was “well tolerated” [R].

In a study of 60 people who got a concussion, a daily dose of 4800mg for 8 weeks reduced symptoms. However, side effects were reported by 64% of the patients under piracetam and by 32% under placebo [R].

The study reported the following symptoms in people taking piracetam (out of 60 people) [R]:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Agitation
  • Tremor
  • Depression
  • Sweating

In 60 elderly psychiatric patients, the following side effects were reported [R]:

  • Insomnia
  • Mild dizziness
  • Overstimulation
  • Increased sexual activity

The study concluded that based on their impression, piracetam was well tolerated by most subjects. All side effects disappeared upon discontinuation of the medication.

One study in 2015 looked at side effects of piracetam from a particular forum (drug-forum) and reported symptoms of [R, R, R]:

  • Restlessness (Psychomotor agitation)
  • Unhappiness (Dysphoria)
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Memory loss
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea

The study brought down a case report of a 17-year-old kid with OCD, who was stable on an SSRI. He went to the emergency room because his OCD got worse and he experienced restlessness and paranoia. Further investigation revealed that the supplement was piracetam. The parents had not objected to him using the supplement since they perceived it as a safe and “natural remedy.” He was discharged home after a short hospital stay in a stable condition on olanzapine at bedtime. Piracetam was discontinued.

In a study where piracetam was injected into baby rats, it impaired learning by parameters of procedural memory. Farampator, an ampakine, improved short-term memory but appeared to impair episodic memory [R].


Piracetam has anti-platelet activity, meaning that it can thin the blood. So the same cautions would go along with any blood thinner. You should be cautious if you’re taking blood thinning medication, if your platelets are low, you’re at risk of bleeding disorders, or will be going to surgery within 2 weeks [R].

Possible Mechanisms of Side Effects

1) NMDA receptor

Piracetam activates AMPA receptors (allosteric) and increases the number of NMDA receptors. These receptors are also important for learning and plasticity [R].

However, activation of NMDA receptors can potentially cause anxiety, restlessness, irritability, insomnia, OCD, brain fog and a host of psychiatric disorders that are involved in NMDA receptor over-activation.

Memantine, magnesium, zinc, and lithium all block activation of NMDA receptors in some way or another, which is why they are used in a lot of mental health conditions. NAC also has benefits for mental health and reduces activation of NMDA by reducing glutamate.

However, NMDA receptors are complex. They can cause issues when over or under activated. Whether it’s good or bad depends on where it’s located on the neuron (in the synapse or not) and what components the NMDA receptors has (GluN2B vs GluN2A) [R].

2) AMPA receptor

Faramptor is a molecule that activates AMPA receptors (allosteric) in a low impact way, just like the racetams, and can cause headaches, sleepiness, and nausea [R, R].

3) Acetylcholine

Piracetam is an anticholinergic, which is why people also supplement with choline. For example, piracetam reduces acetylcholine in the hippocampus of rats [R].

I suspect that the people getting headaches and muscle spasms weren’t taking enough choline or if they were then they were taking too much. Acetylcholine also interacts with sweat glands, possibly contributing to this side effect.

4) Oxidative Stress

In rodents, piracetam increased oxidative stress in the hypothalamus with an equivalent human dosage of around 3.25g (for a 68kg person) [R].

Oxidative stress in the hypothalamus likely plays in causing brain fog (IMO), which is a side effect of racetams.

People who are healthy are less likely to notice these effects if they are sleeping well, but this doesn’t imply that nothing is happening under the hood.

Here’s a review that sums it up: “If I take too much, with or without an alpha-gpc choline source, I get a bit tired, or tense, or foggy – especially if I’m not well rested and well fed when I go higher into my ‘personal’ dosing range.”

5) Aldosterone

Some of piracetam’s memory enhancing effects are mediated by aldosterone/mineralocorticoid receptors [R, R].

Increased activation of this receptor may help explain the side effects of sweating, irritability and sleep issues from piracetam.

Theoretical Risks

Very little is known about ampakines; the only example to reach human clinical trials as of 2014 is Cortex Pharmaceuticals’ CX-717, which was evaluated in Phase I for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. However, tissue damage was seen in animal studies and the FDA denied the application and the approval stopped (Cortex claimed this was not caused by the drug). None of the other ampakines is known to currently be in human trials, so little can be proven about their efficacy or safety in healthy individuals [R].

Racetams increase brain plasticity, but that’s not always good. Brain plasticity in the areas of the brain that affect emotional and mood functions could potentially lead to poor emotional regulation and impulsivity if plasticity is excessive and unregulated [R].

At first thought, increased plasticity might seem to be good, by improving learning and cognitive function. However, excessive plasticity could also lead to reduced synaptic pruning.  Impairments in synaptic pruning are associated with autistic spectrum disorders. The excessive connectivity leads to a heightened overall brain activation, but the reduction in selectivity of activation. This can cause a lower signal-to-noise ratio [R].

Ampakines increase Long-Term Potentiation (LTP), but increased LTP could lead to impairments in spatial memory and perhaps motor function [R].

One study explaining the theoretical risks of racetams cautions young adults against taking ampakines because it might interfere negatively with development [R].

Mitigating Piracetam’s Negative Effects

  • Alpha GPC – to combat the anticholinergic effects
  • NAC – to prevent oxidative stress to the hypothalamus [R, R] and to reduce glutamate/NMDA receptor over-activation.
  • Magnesium – blocks NMDA receptors
  • Theanine – blocks AMPA receptors [R]

Side Effects Reported in Forums

Based on case reports, the main side effects of piracetam and other racetams are:

  • Brain fog
  • Sleepiness/drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Sleep issues 
  • Depression
  • Muscle twitching
  • Headaches
  • Sweating 
  • Cognitive problems (issues with reading, spelling and verbal retrieval)

Case Reports

1) “Piracetam makes me depressed or more irritated” [R].

2) “I am not convinced that the headache from Piracetam is caused by Low choline levels because from the first time I took piracetam I got a headache from taking a few extra caps and I really doubt my choline levels were that low right when I first start” [R].

3 & 4) 2 separate users took piracetam for a few months and experienced cognitive dysfunction [R] [R]

5) “I took piracetam for 2 week and I now have muscle convulsions randomly, at different places of my body, at random times. sometimes twice in a minute, other times twice in an hour. it only lasts for a few seconds. i only took it for 2 weeks and the side-effects have been present for the last 3-4 months. i don’t think its going away… eh” [R]

6) “I’ve stopped using piracetam, and I still experience some brain fog, like someone is putting pressure on my head… Will this go away?” [R]

7) “I was on piracetam for 1 month and stopped it suddenly. Now I feel like I can’t do anything (driving, writing, thinking). It fucked up my brain.”

8) “I have used piracetam 5 g/day for two days now and what I feel is the following: slight nausea, brain fog, lower scores in lumosity (brain) games, slight pressure in frontal lobe, maybe” [R]

9) “I started by taking an 800mg dose 3 times a day for the first 3 days and nothing happened. I pushed it up to 1600mg 3 times a day and I got the worst headache of my life accompanied by brain fog and nausea.” [R]

10) when you first start Piracetam you will get brain fog and have trouble reading, I noticed this as well as I recently started taking it again. When it does kick in the fog and problems reading go away, but the benefits are very subtle, maybe even subconscious.

11) I did not experienced any problems as previously, but I did have problems with speech. When talking I forget words and mumbled.

12) I have been I piracetam for a few weeks. My head feels tight, sort of like a precurser to a headache, but it doesn’t really hurt.. I can see how it may cause a migrane in some people though.

13) I was going to start of small but decided to take an attack dose. It seems to make me really tired and irritable.

14)  How to repair brain damaged by Piracetam use ?

15) Sorry i can’t writting much ,but before i very succesfull in life ,pretty genious when i’m on Caffeine, after a while Caffeine give me a lot of motivation to find something else stronger to boost my concentration + creativity ,becuase of may of books i buy lay around and i unable to fully read it all , (sorry for grammar )

I search from internet and found Longecity ,i try a lot of noot shinch then ,my life has change after first dose of Piracetam ,i feel something really wrong ,my brain seem shinked ,no hippocampus volume anymore ,i can’t talk or read ,no func ,  thinking ,lost most everything ,just need to try lay down and do nothing . Anyway ,a lot of user suggest take with Choline ,um let a try ,but symptom get worse ,i try many thing becuase of i read a lot testimonial how Piracetam be great ,but symptom get more worse ,stop Piracetam not help at all ,still difretnt person .

16) Very very interesting post.  Any ideas on why I get extremely irritable from Piracetam (dose dependant).   I can feel the irritibility with as low a dose as 400mg and is horrible at 3.2g.  It also gets worse the more days in a row that I take piracetam.  I’ve tried all types of choline (as well as no choline).

17) For me it worked great until I added Choline, than I got severe brain fog and I had to stop piracetam.

18) Piracetam initially had no visible effect besides giving me one hell of a headache if I forgot my choline source.

19) From my 10+ years of personal experience, I have found that many times Piracetam made me sleepy, and/or I got a severe brain fog.  I have tried it at dosages from 800mg up to 4,800mg “attack” dosage per day, both with and without choline (either Alpha-GPC, Citicoline, or Phosphdylcholine in dosages from 300mg – 1000mg per day).  I have also taken it with Hydregine (up to 4.5mg per day), and I have also tried Aniracetam, Oxiracetam, and Pramiricetam with similar results.  I have also tried different brands of Piracetam from Nootropil to Primaforce.  I also don’t use any recreational drugs, other than a glass of beer or wine a few nights a week, I get 6-8 hours of sleep a night, and I have no psychological conditions (i.e. bi-polar, depression, etc).  I have a job where I need to maintain alertness and clear thinking 8-10 hours a day, so I can’t afford self induced brain fog. I have always taken nootropics on faith, thinking that they were somehow helping me, even if I didn’t notice any effects.  I’m now starting to think that in order for a nootropic to be called effective, you should be able to notice a positive result within a reasonably short period of time (none of this “you need to try it for 6 months before you notice a result”).  I am also starting to believe that in order to be called an effective, a nootropic like Piracetam should never make you feel worse.  I was sitting there one day in a Piracetam induced fog, thinking to myself that I paid money for this result.

20) Piracetam is neurotoxic to me, feel more stupid than previous year .

21) My own view would be, piracetam makes depressed days worse but upbeat days better.

22) I was taking Piracetam 1,000 mg twice / day for a month (Prima Force), then I stopped taking it 5 days ago, and I now feel like I am zapped of creativity, and I also feel really dumb.  I am making basic spelling errors, and I am having trouble formulating thoughts, and feel like I’m really straining to think.  My thoughts were fluid before i started taking it.  Is this normal?  Is this something i should be concerned of?

23) I take piracetam in cycles of a few months at about 10 grams per day, and notice feeling considerably slower following the cessation of use. It’s difficult to directly attribute the dullness to the stoppage of piracetam, but I certainly do feel a lot ‘duller’ when I am not using it– moreso than before I even began using piracetam in the first place. Kinda disconcerting.

24) I was taking Piracetam until a routine blood test showed I had higher than normal HCT (Hemocrit) and Hemoglobin levels. HCT is a percentage of the concentration of red blood cells vs. plasma in the blood and a high level could be an indicator for Polycythemia. Turns out, Piracetam has been shown to stimulate erythropoiesis (production of red blood cells) in rats.(a) None of the research I had done previously had shown any relationship between erythropoiesis and Piracetam, so I didn’t immediately make a connection. The risks of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents, or ESAs are many. Studies show that patients with breast or advanced cervical cancers who receive erythropoiesis-stimulating agents to treat anemia caused by chemotherapy died sooner or have more rapid tumor growth than similar patients who don’t receive the anemia drugs. They have also been shown to have increased heart risks and could cause harm to those with kidney disease. Bottom line? Check with your doctor before using this as a supplement!

25) I had been taking Piracetam with CDP Choline for about a week when I started to notice some kidney pain which got more severe over time. Also my urine started smelling bad enough to where someone made a comment in a public restroom. I initially thought the pain was caused by a sports injury I got while playing football but the injury eventually subsided and the pain persisted. I did not take any piracetam today and I have noticed that it is slowly starting to feel better. Any reason why this may be happening or way I can remedy this?

26) I just got in piracetam yesterday. Tried 3x 800mg yesterday with good effect (I didn’t try to do any work, but felt lifting of brain fog as with Adderall.)
I woke up after a full night’s sleep with the worst brain fog of my life. Tried 800mg this morning, brain fog intensified. Took lecithin, brain fog intensified. Took another 800mg piracetam ~4hr after the first dose, brain fog even worse. Now at 8 hours since the first dose, I can finally concentrate enough to read again.  Has anyone experienced these effects so early on, and gone on to have good effects later? Is Piracetam just not likely to work for me? I’ve got noopept coming in later this week, maybe that will go better.

27) Piracetam didn’t work for me, I felt like it made me dumber. Definitely messed with my sleep.

28) Personally, piracetam gives me brain fog, with or without choline. I definitely feel something, but it’s not very good.

29) I find that 400mg-800mg work best most days, then some days I’ll have to bump to 3.2g, just for that one day, then the 400-800mg doses work good again. If I do another 3.2g that same day (or even the next day), it results in brain fog.

30) Interesting article, piracetam didnt work for me either and I have written similar revievs as in the article online.  Some people truly wont understand what you mean and tell you to take more or something like that.  It could very well be that it does nothing at all in most people and the effects are imagined or even real depending on your brain chemistry but I would avoid speculating about the intelligence levels of these people.

31) I kind of agree with the author in some ways. Anecdotally, I’m clearer-headed on days I forget to take my racetam dose (PAO stack).

32) the first few days/week i feel sharper, more on the ball.. then i feel completely retarded indefinitely until i stop taking it

33) Negative Effects: Brain Fog. There’s like something radiating or a mild pressure inside my head. I also can’t seem to think better, I’m hoping it’s just my brain or my stack is not properly balanced and need to find my magic ratio.  Foggy or Blurred Eyes. This is a bit worrying. After I take this stack, I kinda notice there’s like a thin film cover in some parts of my vision and it’s not mote. I hope if won’t affect my eyesight, though if things don’t improve with your help guys or if I can’t find a good ratio between the supplements I’m giving up on this. Mild Stomach Pains? I think this is just from negative thinking because Piracetam is still a new supplement for me. Every thing seems fine though. Still taking a crap everyday and nothing weird about urine. (I read that Piracetam can cause bloody diarrhea and some nasty other stuff.)

34) I have been using piracetam on and off since april this year, and every time i have gotten brain fog and felt really retarded in the end. So i bought choline (cdp-choline and alpha-gpc) and stacked it, did this the entire summer, it was better but i still became as bright as a cow in the end, i remember once when i was going to mix some EAA in a bottle, i had to think really hard before i did it because i didnt know what to begin with, i knew what i was going to do, but i didnt know where to start. And when i was going on a trip abroad i had to pack my stuff of course, and again i didnt know where to begin or when i was done. So i figured i should try another source of choline and bought some DMAE and choline citrate, i still get cloudy, and i really cant afford to be “retarded” now when im studying biology.
So every time i see someone saying that piracetam makes them “more focused” and so on, i think to my self “what can i do to achieve that?” but now i have no clue, i have tried different dosages of the choline supps and piracetam, but it doesnt seem to help.
I usually take 4ml of piracetam in the morning with 1-2 cdp choline and/or 1-2 alpha-gpc, 1ml of choline citrat, .5ml of dmae, and 1ml bacopa and .5ml ashwagandha.
1ml is approx. 700mg.  I must add that when i begain taking piracetam in july, after a brake for about four weeks, i became stimulated and creative, just like i got when i tried it the first time, but eventually it faded away, so i do know what piracetam can bring, but i cant keep the effect, it always disappears.

35) I started off by using  Piracetam 800-1200mg thrice daily, Alpha GPC 250mg AM, ALCAR 500 mg twice daily I had an increased focus, but sometimes i noticed a mild brain fog.  Then i usedPiracetam 800 -1200 mg thrice daily, Alpha GPC 250 mg AM, CDP choline 250 mg twice daily,ALCAR 250 mg twice daily and i noticed decreased motivation and depression.

36) So I ordered some piracetam a while back from bioscience neutracueticals, I got the package on monday, and began taking it on Tuesday.
It doesn’t work, and not only does it not work, it actually gives me brain fog, and makes me tired.  I ordered CDP choline and sulbutiamine (wasted about $168)
I’ve varied the doses, taken it without choline, taking 4.6 grams, taken .8 mgs, taken it with Fish Oil, and every single time, the same brain fog, the same effect.
Now, i’m not trying to sound like a douchebag, but I’m a relatively smart kid naturally. I read all the bs anecdotes on here, and even some of the published studies, and decided to give it a try. I don’t know if it just has an opposite effect on healthy individuals whom have brains already functioning pretty well, or what, but this stuff just absolutely sucked for me.
Just wanted to share my experience with anyone else who notices this and keeps trying in hopes of some kind of cognitive edge.
Things I felt
1) Tired
2) brain fog
3) reduced reading speed, and if I attempted to read at my normal pace, I would gets words jumbled up
4) tired
5) tired
6) brain fog
I’m sure that MAYBE (presuming it is not a placebo effect) it works for some people, but if you feel these within the first week of taking it, after titrating doses and doing everything else people recommend, I recommend just throwing it out and calling it a day.

37) hi, I’ve been using piracetam for one month now. Always 800mg in the mourning and 800mg in the afternoon. Since last week I’ve added 600mg of choline citrate in the mourning. However since than, I started getting brain fog sometimes. Brain fog is some very very light feeling of pressure on your head and also a weird feeling of not being able to concentrate well, no clarity. Also, a bit sensitive to light.
So monday I took my last dose. Now we are wednesday and I’m still experiencing the brain fog… It scares me..
I also drank alcohol with the piracetam in the weekends, but not very very much.. (like 8 beers every saturday or so)
What should I do?

38) I started taking Piracetam back in November last year for various mental issues I was facing; including chronic fatigue (unrefreshing sleep), ADHD (Inattentive type) or ‘brain fog’, mild depression, and Aspergers Syndrome (maybe). Let me tell you that for the 7 months I was consuming Piracetam, it changed my life and all of these symptoms I suffered from were truly eliminated. This all lasted the best part of 7 months and I was taking 2.4grams/3 or 4 times a day. I was supplementing with CDP-choline for the first few months to counteract my initial headaches, but stopped after I read (and realised) that I didn’t need it.
… About two months ago Piracetam’s magical abilities stopped working (even though I was maintaining my normal doses) and all the horrible symptoms came roaring back – the depression, absent-mindedness, brain fog, and the lethargy…I used to only need 6 hours sleep a night, swallow 2.4 grams of Piracetam in the morning and be full of so much energy and life. Now I’m sleeping up to 12 hours and I feel like crap – I’m so drained, anhedonic, and absent minded… even though I’m maintaining doses. Hell, if anything, Piracetam seems to have the opposite effect nowadays – it makes me more tired and unfocused when I actually do dose.

39) Going through the same thing as the OP right now[#38fatigue, anhedonic, and absent minded], almost exactly, except the positive effects of Pira only lasted 2 months or so for me. I have tried upping the dose, lowering it, with/without cdp-choline (high and low amounts), I have tried taking a break from it and starting again – nothing, it’s like the ‘magic’ has just gone completely, like when people say the magic of MDMA has gone after taking it for so many times.

40) From a retailer: “If I take too much, with or without a choline source, I get a bit tired, or tense, or foggy – especially if I’m not well rested and well fed when I go higher into my “personal” dosing range.”

41) I am 28 years old, 160 lb, very little body fat and quite lean (very high metabolism). I am an IT professional, slightly sedintary due to the nature of my job, but I do play sports on the weekend and exercise once or twice a week. My goal here is to improve my memory and focus, and reduce depression which I’ve struggled with for years. I am also a recovering addict. So I started taking Piractem on March 14. I purchased a 500 gram tub from an online source (SNS) from Amazon. I started with an attack does 3x2g for the first couple of days, noticing remarkable or not magical improvements in memory, focus, concentrations, and especially verbal skills. The same day I began taking it, verbal communication was much more fluid, I felt intensely focused on tasks at work, and could recall memories from earlier in the day without hesitation (all of these things I usually struggle with)….For about the first 5 days the effects remained as I stated earlier. I also began supplementing with 300mg of Alpha GPC on day 3 just to make sure my choline levels were not becoming depleted. After day 5, I suddenly noticed I become very irritable when I woke up. I was so annoyed by my pet rabbit thumping around in his cage that I shouted and cursed at him with fiery. When I got to work, I noticed my brain was in a “fog“, in that their was little depth to my thoughts, and my verbal fluidity which I had been enjoying was suddenly missing (I began stumbling over words and hesitating when thinking of a word to use). I also felt rather apathetic and lethargic, and actually fell asleep at my desk after lunch for about 30 min. Regardless, I continued with my regime of Piracetam (2g x 3 per day) and 300mg of A-GPC for this past week. This pattern of tiredness and irritability and depression has continued for several days with no improvements. The positive effects that I was feeling the week before have subsided completely, and I am left with these negative side-effects. I am not sure if this is my brain becoming burned out on the Piractem, or maybe a chemical imbalance that I have overlooked. I know for sure that I am a positive responder to racetams, but unfrotunately it has been short-lived at this point.

42)  I’ve noticed some negative effects lately, some of which I’ve encountered before: First of all, there’s a state of sleepiness, that doesn’t seem to be correlated with the amount of sleep that I get. For instance, I got 8 hours sleep last night and still feel as if I should be taking a nap. If I’m stimulated or have something interesting to do I snap out of it quickly but otherwise it creeps back on me. There are confounding factors (like reduced caffeine intake), but I still feel it’s at least partially induced by piracetam. Secondly, I loose track of time sometimes … I get lost in my thoughts and time passes by without me noticing. I “wake up” hours later and realize I’ve done nothing useful. Is this effect (maybe combined with sleepiness) what people here call “brain fog”? I’ve also notice tightness in the muscles surrounding the eyes, especially an hour or two after administration, when the effects peak.

43) Here’s what I’ve tried taking:
1.6g Piracetam
Effect: Nothing? Maybe a bit of brain fog? Was my first time ever taking it.
800mg Piracetam
I think I experienced what people call “brain fog.” Took it and then I ended up napping for a bit. Felt extremely lethargic and ineffective. I took Choline Bitrartrate before hand.

44) Gave up on Piracetam after intermitently getting great results but more Brain fogsdrowsiness than the great results… Tried lowering/increasing dosage, different types of choline sources, (CDPCHOLINE actually made it worse)…

45) I recently started experiencing more insomnia than normal,and lessening of sleep for just one week has turned the positive effects of Piracetam into brainfog.

46) Now, after a year of piracetam supplementation at 2400mg twice a day (morning & evening), getting off for 6 months and getting on again,
I discovered that it causes a familiar slowness and brain fog to a certain lower degree, WITH OR WITHOUT choline (tried CDP choline, alpha GPC and ALCAR).
These days I often find myself in the basement / fridge, having no longer a clue what I’m looking for + I was at a quiz recently and had to think WAY too hard.
I’m pretty much done with piracetam because of these findings.
I did like the positive effects of piracetam a lot, but there’s definitely something going on with brain fog / short term memory as well.
It’s as if my brain sometimes gets “lost”.

47) My piracetam arrived just a short while ago, so I took 600mg at midday Friday, 1200mg half an hour later. Saturday I took 1200 mg at about 2pm. I took no dose at sunday due to concern about side effects.
The effects I noticed in chronological order where that: friday evening my orgasm was weaker than usual, less cum. I had an unusually wonderful dream that night. Morning after, same thing weak almost dry orgasm.
Later in the evening I noticed that a muscle was contracting wildly, something in my wrist was jerking rapidly. After about half a minute it disappeared. The it came back and disappeared a few times.
That night, same sexual problem. Dreams were normal.
Next (Sunday) morning same problem.
Had some intermittent twitching in the afternoon, but sexual function was restored in the evening.

48) This morning I took my first dose of piracetam and CDP choline (1.2g and 300mg). I have taken piracetam on one previous occasion, with a fairly good response. I have no history of mental illness and I don’t take any drugs or medication.
Shortly after mixing the two substances in a glass of water and drinking them, I experienced a feeling of pure terror. This episode lasted for almost 2 hours during which I could barely communicate or think. I had gone for a walk after taking the piracetam and it took most of my willpower to remain composed.
I do not exagerate when I say that this has been one of the worst experiences of my life. It’s now been an hour since the feeling subsided and I’m left feeling drained with mild brain fog (which is subsiding steadily).

49) I am trying to continue using Piracetam but i find it always gives me brain fog, even minute quantities of Piracetam with mega doses of Alpha GPC and/or Lecithin. I believe it is the fact that i stacked it with so many things that i no longer get the pure effects (i’m uncertain if this is psychological or biological) i got in the beginning nor any of the results everyone else is preaching
Previous Stacks alongside Piracetam:
DMAE (after that it all went downhill leading me to theorize that DMAE has anticholinergic properties like believed or does when taken on and off too many times)
ACh precursors (went from regular Choline bitarate to A-GPC to Lecitihin)
Aniracetam (made things much worse)
Hydergine [which is the only good combination with Piracetam (nootropic wise) there is IMO]
Alongside herbal regiments (from stimulants to clarity enhancers)
I thought i needed to attack dose once more and when i did so i got such a massive headache the likes which i have never felt before in my life lol
I now find it intensifying OCD type behaviors, resulting in Brain fog no matter how much ACh i take with it.
It works perfectly during its half life point though over production of Alpha waves (measured by neurofeedback EEG). I have tried getting off of it for a period of a week and returned to it today (with a dosage below 200 mg) to see if anything happened, subsequent brain fog (though combined with rhodiola rosea).

50) Just got piracetam today. I only took 400mg, but I felt very sleepy after an hour or so. It lasted for about 3-5 hours.

51) I have experienced this as well, not always exactly sleepy but often a bit tranquil and a sensation familiar to when you recently recieve a lot of new impressions. A kind of fatigue.

52) I was hoping I could get some help classifying some symptoms, and possibly solving them. I’ve been having trouble speaking recently, whether its on the phone, or in public. I don’t know if its anxiety or brain fog, but I’ll have difficulty actually saying the words, while knowing what I may want to say. I don’t stutter per say, but I just have trouble speaking properly. This is new, and I’m in my late 20s. It’s been happening now for a month or two.
What I’m taking:
Piracetam 1.6G
Picamilon 150mg
ALCAR 300mg
Fish Oil 900mg
Is it possible anything in my small stack is causing this? Any thoughts on a resolution?

53) So I decided to start on my quest for mental glory. I kept reading how Piracetam is so safe that people should probably change the word “safe” itself to “piracetam”.  Anyway…I’ve been taking it for three days now.
Day One: 1200 mg and three whole eggs
Day Two 1200 mg and three whole eggs
Day Three 2x2400mg and 2x 250/250mg Choline/Inositol. At the end of Day Three I almost got a panic attack. I’m not sure why – mostly due to stomach uneasiness and weird mouth feeling. The roof (palate) was numb and somewhat rugged. I managed to calm myself down, no panic attack. And got to sleep. Pupils were constricted I think. Now most people will tell you how piracetam makes your sleep a wonder. You get up all refreshed and everything, willing to conquer new heights etc. etc. Well, guess what. I slept for over 12 hours and when I got up I felt even more tired than the night before, the palate still tingling, and somewhat nauseated. Mildly depressed and rather irritable. I hated it. Actually, as I’m writing this I still feel nauseated a little bit.
What do you think is that all about ? This is just the start of my nootropic quest, I was looking forward to much much tougher stacks and now I crumbled at the very basic one. Don’t know what to do.

54) Since being diagnosed with ADHD I have recently started taking Concerta, 54 mg a day.
I haven’t felt any cognitive improvement in these two weeks that I’ve been on the drug, rather the contrary. I’m studying physics and I no longer understand stuff that used to be simple for me. Is this a common reaction to Concerta? is it dose dependant?
I’m also taking piracetam, choline bitartrate, ala, alcar, tyrosine but I can’t imagine this effect to be caused by any of those substances since I have been using them for a long time without any adverse effects.
I have an exam tomorrow and I’m starting to panic. *****It’s the piracetam, buddy*****

55) Yesterday I took 4.8 grams of piracetam 3 times a day with the last dose at around 8 p.m. I’m almost positive that piracetam caused it and i’ve read somewhere that it has an effect on norpinepherine so it makes sense.
Today I felt pretty anxious/shitty, but the effects of piracetam were still there, but with much more brain fog. IMO I don’t think piracetam is worth it if i can’t sleep, but there must be a way to take it so that I can still sleep!

56) I just got 100 caplets of Nootropil 1200mg from overseas.
This morning I took my first dose of 2 caplets ( 2400mg) and felt sleepy.
Is it normal for the first dose ?
( I’ve been taking a very sedating antidepressant Avanza 90mg, Klonopin 2mg, for the past 4 yrs at nite…….and I got tolerance to their effects……sometimes they even don’t sedate me anymore..)
Strangely, as I know, Nootropil is more of a stimulant type, unlike Avanza or Klonopin. But why does it give me a sleepy feeling……is it called as the term ” Brain fog” ?
Maybe I should take a form of Choline with it. ( usually I buy Lecithin granules.)
Is there anyone experiencing this effect for the first time without Choline ? ( Is it called ” Brain fog” ?)

57) Been taking 1 pill 3 times a day. It makes me calmer and slower – I feel like I`m 50 not 29. But otherwise, no other effects. Dissapointed.

58) I had such a crap sleep. I usually sleep like a dead man, but last night I coudln`t fall asleep, then I woke up few times.

59) Same experience [Brain Fog], even i have stop Piracetam more than a month still have that exp ,i  in very serious situation don’t know how to do next ,no any sup can help me .

60) I’ve started taking piracetam capsules, 800mg once a day with 2 x 300mg alpha gpc yet i all day i get a slight headache, last night i even had to take 500mg paracetamol to sleep. I always have two eggs for breakfast and drink a glass of milk during the day.
Yesterday was the first time i began this schedule but i have tried before and had a bit of brain fog.
The day was generally good, i felt confident and very alert, everything was very colourful too. I “crashed” at around 2pm and had brain fog, i took another coffee (the first one being my morning coffee) and BAM back in business.

Thanks for all the help. I’ve had no headaches since, however today has been awful in it’s own way.
I’ve only taken 800mg piracetam and no choline supplementation. Eggs for breakfast and 2 coffees with milk.
I’ve felt a lot of brain fog, irritability and been sweating a lot from the palms of my hands.
Really feel as though I cannot go through with this even till the end of the week. Might try reducing my piracetam intake tomorrow depending how I feel when I wake up.
No depression but slight anxiety. Fluidity of speech is still good and I’m able to read for lengths of time but I’m getting distracted by thoughts of how it isn’t working too often.
I felt last night very emotionless for a couple of hours too.

61) The major downside is that after about 2 – 3 days (taking 1440mg 3x/day), my memory retrieval goes way down to the point that i forget simple things (feels like dementia), its like my brain processing speed just takes a nose dive. I also become very aloof like I am not even there with this like blank stare on my face, just really really spaced out I guess. The thing is that even dmae (although it enhances my concentration) will space me out as well, just not as bad as piracetam. I do not notice any physical symptoms, but I will get a pretty bad headache if I take it with ashwagandha. I’ve tried taking it with choline citrate and also tried taking it with bulknutrition’s alpha-gpc 50% mix. I have tried taking the piracetam and choline along without taking other supplements to try and pin-point the problem, but to no avail. I’m totally lost on this.

62) After writing this post I emailed Vince, a writer I respect and who claims on his blog to take piracetam.  Vince: “I read your interesting blog entry. Actually, after supplementing with piracetam for several years, I stopped taking it about six months ago when my supply ran out. Subjectively, consistent with what you are reporting,either there has been no effect or  my mind has probably been clearer and productivity enhanced since I stopped taking it.  When I started taking piracetam over a dozen years ago I was fairly naïve and accepted the studies supporting its use at face value. from my current perspective, such as looking at the study you mentioned in your blog entry, I quite agree that the research case supporting the use of piracetam may be very weak.I have yet to update my treatise eliminating piracetam from my suggested regimen.

63) After half a year, piracetam lost its edge, and when I did take it I felt irritated without a plus side.

64) After this I looked to achieve the same effect from CDP choline. Although I did get exactly the same results (more energy, better hair, face color, libido, no eye-bags) as soon as I started experiencing the exact same background anxiety as on Alpha GPC so I was forced to discontinue this aswell as it significantly impaired my social abilities. From there on I set off to search for another nootropic and this is when I came across noopept. Love at first sight. Noopept made me a happier, smarter more sociable and charismatic person. I continued dosing it on its own (15mg on mornings) for around a month. While on noopept I had the motivation and zest for life that I had been looking for to carry out all the long-term projects I had planned for myself. It’s important to mention that while on noopept there were some days where I still tried phenibut and on a two seperate ocassions Inderall.

Towards the end of my love affair with noopept I started experiencing a host of several symptoms. The first symptom came up one afternoon with my girlfriend, where I experienced erectile dysfunction and in the next weeks I started to experience a host of other very alarming symptoms, including:

–Lack of circulation to my hands and feet
-Itchy back
-Digestion problems to the point of constipation
-Easy bloating
-Lack of motivation
-Impaired ability to think and speak  (brain fog)
-Pale face, bad hair, bags under eyes – generally looking much older
-Complete loss of libido, loss of feeling, and ability to achieve and maintain an erection.
-Susceptible to flu?s and infections and difficulty healing
Loss of muscle
–Inability to do sports

This alarmed me to cease all nootropic and supplement use. given some of the symptoms initially I was convinced it was a kidney problem. But after a medical check up this theory was dismissed. I gave myself a month to see if everything would return to normalcy on it’s own – but unfortunately that didn’t happen. Some of the findings I gathered during that month:- If I would try taking noopept or piracetam (tried once) I would still feel great effects from it. But my body would shut down its ability to achieve an erection. I would lose all feeling and sensitivity down there. As if my body lost it’s ability to relax in that sense. I would also feel discomfort on my lower back where my adrenals/kidneys are located.- Any type of sports would make me too fatigued and looking tired and worn out instead of energized.- sensitive to all chemicals or supplements even coffee makes me shaky and anxious (NE effect?)- Adaptogen herbs stimulate me way too much (they give me crazy libido but right after it goes back to normal) and I?m left with a?hangover effect?

65) Ok, before I begin… Yes, I have searched all over the forums regarding my problem; however, I have yet to find any solutions.

SUMMARY: I’m getting brain fog (a side effect, I’m under the impression, that is normally due to Choline) from supplementing Piracetam regardless if I add Choline or not.

I first started taking Piracetam about 6 months ago. I originally purchased pills that had the racetam and choline mixed. I would have inconsistent results varying between headaches and brain fog. This led me to purchase bulk powders of the two so that I could experiment with exact, measured doses.

For the first couple weeks, I experimented with different doses, and I found that 3-6g of Piracetam with little to no Choline was ideal. I was having superb effects; fluid thinking and talking, sharper memory, and felt overall great.

However, after the first couple weeks, the positive side effects vanished, and I have been left with  brain fog and laggy thinking (when I consume the supplements). I’ve tried every combination of Piracetam/Choline. I’ve tried every suggestion I’ve found on the forums; Calcium, Fish or Krill Oil, B-Vitamins, ALCAR, Green Tea, etc. No matter what combination/stack I try, as soon as the Piracetam kicks in, I get some intense brain fog and laggy thinking for the duration of the time that the Piracetam is active/working.

66) Okay, so this is my story. I started taking choline and piracetam about a week ago. For the first 5-6 days, i experienced the most amazing positive effects (especially when combined with caffein).

I was taking the following daily doses:
250 mg choline bitrate
800 mg piracetam, 2-3 times a day (roughly every fourth hour)

The effects were as following:
Visualizing music a lot easier. Feeling the music deeper
Clearer thoughts
Awake, more energy
Mood boost
confidence boost – reduction in anxiety (hitting more “naturally” on girls, for instance)
emphatic abilities – feeling other peoples emotions a lot deeper
Nature/the sun seems more beautiful – visual enhancements
Greatly improved concentration!
Easier to recall past memories
Greatly improved verbal abilities. Communication seems a LOT more fluid, with no “pauses”, due to not recalling the words i wanted to throw into conversations.

– Overall, i felt like an improved version of myself.

For the first day, I took the piracetam without the choline. With or without, I didn’t feel much of a difference.

The only negative effects I felt from the piracetam, was maybe a “crash”. When I stopped dosing in the evening, and my last dose (four hours later) would fade away, I would feel very tired.

However, on the sixth day, i barely felt any of the piracetam effects. The effects were diminished like 90-95%. I tried taking a huge piracetam dose, like 4,8g, instead of 800mg, which felt like a weak piracetam dose, but still nothing, compared to the effects of the first 5-6 days.

I’ve also tried taking a huge choline dose, like 1g, together with 800 mg piracetam, which also seemed to boost the effect a bit, but still way weaker than in the beginning.

Now I’m sitting here, like eight days later, and all I’m getting from the piracetam is tired brain fogging feelings, which is pissing me off. It worked like a wonder drug in the beginning, but like shit now..

67) I took Piracetam for 3 weeks and have been noticing withdrawal effects, such as muscle weakness, spasms, slight cognitive decline, difficulty digesting food and constipation. I thought this wasn’t supposed to have withdrawal effects, but it has. It’s been 2 weeks since I took my last dose and the effects don’t seem to be going away.

UPDATE: It’s been 3 weeks now and I’m still experiencing the same side effects. Indigestion and complete constipation. Can’t poop without miralax, and even then, I barely go. Seems like my involuntary muscles just completely stopped working. Hopefully people will see this as a warning

68) Hi there,

sorry for this post but I am really angry, I spent a lot of money already, I bought Fish Oil, Noopept, Aniracetam and choline cdp.

(1st Attempt) I started taking Noopept 20mg a day for 2 weeks, nothing happened, only a terrible headache and fog brain.

(2nd Attempt) I started taking Aniracetam + Choline Cdp every day for 15 days, again, nothing happened, but no headaches.

(3rd Attempt) I have been taking Noopept + Choline CDP for 1 week already, nothing happened, only fog brain, but at this time less headaches…

So I spent more than fucking $100 already and the only thing I noticed was a better mood, but only because of the Fish Oils I am taking…So, in fact I am starting to think that these products don’t work at all…Please I need a light for this problem, I am studying for the Cambridge CAE exam and till now these products are giving me more problems. I need something that can be effective… Any suggestions? Thanks!!

Roger, Sydney/Australia

69) Not sure whether permanent, however I have had issues when combo’ing piracetam with other racetams, such as aniracetam. I end up feeling sleepy all the time when combing it with aniracetam. I noticed some brain fog when taking too much piracetam (i believe it was over 2x 800 mg at the time would cause adverse symptoms). However, my brain power was insane when taking normal doses. It was as if I was so lucid.

I did notice that after leaving it, I did not feel as lucid as before, as if something was missing. However, I would not say that I felt permanently stupid. To me, it was more like: I felt incredibly smart with piracetam, now without it, I feel normal.

In case you wondered, I discontinued piracetam because I experienced better effects with aniracetam.

70)  I read all that “piracetam is the safest drug imaginable – only positive effects”. My experience says: bullshit. Seems my brief acceptance of a chemical has come to an end. I guess I’ll only keep my phytonootropics.

My experience (on an 800mg or 400mg dose):

  • Numbed emotions, – check
  • Very good anxiolytic effect/lack of social anxiety (better than drinking a couple of shots) – on the first two days –
  • Absolute drowsiness/sleepy-headedness to the point of not being able to function and HAVING to sleep it off;
  • Waking up with/ feeling a scary numbness of limbs (foot, arms… and brain?? It’s what I feel.) – this has been a bad enough red alert to prompt me to enter this forum.
  • Shortness of breath, and waking up with the impression I wasn’t breathing enough/properly – I actually almost stop breathing if I don’t pay attention to my breath;
  • Strong sexual enhancement – on the first two days
  • Mild memory benefits on long-forgotten memories (weird, not very useful, but was OK)
  • Slightly augmented perception – brighter vision and accentuated smells – on the first day only, except the brightness (which is not very positive anymore);
  • Mild/slightly serious depression (on second and third day – today – and seemingly getting progressively worse with every dose) – never had to struggle with that shit anymore since I solved myself on the first years of my adulthood; I feel dumb as hell for trying a minimum dose a few hours ago, as I had cleared myself of the drug-induced depression after waiting if off for a long time;
  • Distortion of experience of time – closed my eyes in bed, and “a month/week” was experienced in 5m of clock time (second day). This experience was normal, that day.
  • Inhibited abstract reasoning (big time). – check (1.6g dose)
  • Continuously lost simple terms to the tip of my tongue (verbal fluency seems to have been restored after I stopped) 1.6g dose
  • Forgetting about trivial stuff such as where I left my keys, etc – check 1.6g dose
  • Felt like a moron struggling with relatively simple tasks – check 1.6g dose
  • Apathy/Zero motivation (I don’t give a f…/meh…/what am I doing here attitude) which deeply hinders me wanting to do my work, instead of the opposite1.6g dose
  • Inability to concentrate on a task AND GET MY JOB DONE. HOW HARD IT MADE FOR ME TO FOCUS AND PRODUCE!! 1.6g dose and continued after, while less pronounced

And that was MY experience with piracetam. For me too, “It was my first (and probably last) [chemical] nootropic to use”. Much more bad than good came from it. It’s the third day since I’ve tried it and I can’t function even as properly as before (R).

Responding to Criticism

Critics of this post argue that you can find negative reports about any drug or supplement.  This is true, but for some reason, piracetam is seen as side effect- and risk-free.

Also, the reports center around brain fog, which is rare for case reports, while something like nausea is pretty common.

Another critique is that the case reports are meaningless because there are many studies that show it’s safe.  My response to that is we can’t know if something is safe with animal studies and a few small trials.

It took us more than 40 years to realize cigarettes are harmful (I don’t think piracetam is nearly as harmful as cigarettes). Also, in many cases, drugs that have had rigorous clinical trials in humans and have been used by millions of people are later discovered to have serious risks and side effects that were previously undisclosed or unknown.

I would be very surprised if piracetam was found to have serious negative side effects. On the other hand, even some of the best, safest and longest running drugs have risks and side effects that we didn’t know before.

These reports are in no way comprehensive – you’ll find many more if you do some digging.  I feel that any safe “nootropic” should not have so many case reports of cognitive side effects.

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  • James Borregard

    This year I have tried

    Phenylpiracetam, oxiracetam, aniracetam, fasoracetam, and noopept. I have trialed pramaracetam and piracetam
    Choline wise – CDP-Choline / centrophenoxine Trialed Alpha-GPC
    CDP-choline makes me feel depressed, but it seems to rejeuvenate you after several hours. Centrophenoxine is the way to go, although it can cause stomach upset.

    Id personally reccomend phenylpiracetam, oxiracetam, aniracetam. Piracetam is very strange stuff, like a major dysphoric, impending doom kind of thing. It is very psychedelic to me also causing my thoughts and feelings to magnify considerably and I am not able to shake the reality of these feelings from the present moment. Probably just personal, or perhaps it accessed past traumas and they are coming up interspersed with thoughts on how things go wrong etc. Perhaps in lower doses over time it would have a neuroregenerative/protective effect.

    Sometimes psychedelic experiences can be very unnerving, but they allow for greater healing over time.

    Noopept is irritability riden, no matter how much much I take, or frequency wise, by itself, with choline. One time I had a HD experience and it was cool, but most of the time I wish I hadn’t taken it. Again I might be having some sort of cognitive enhancement, but the fact that my anxiety shoots up doesn’t really allow me to access anything useful. Pramaracetam has potential, but you really have to be do something interesting and productive, otherwise your mind becomes quite restless. This is something I will explore further once I have funds allocatable for extra supplementation.

    That’s the thing about smart drugs, you really should be doing something that challenges your brain, or falls along the purported “effects” of the drug. Not just mindlessly gobble pills and powders and hope for the best!

    Oxiracetam is solid. Amazing stuff. Dissolves quickly in water, just dont overdose. Phenylpiracetam is ridiculous, but dont abuse it. It’s the closest thing to the limitless pill that I feel. To me oxiraceam is to Ritalin, as phenylpiraetam is to adderall.
    Aniracetam should be dosed slowly and used to relax. It really helps mitigate repetitive thoughts, it helps me tame my mind so to speak. It has little side effects, although if you dose too much too quickly it can feel a bit strange.

    I also have tried several boosters and synergistic combinations this year. Uridine, n-acetyrosine, lions mane 8x dual water/alcohol extract, vinpocetine, Gingko Bilboa, Rhidola Rosea. Im coming up on a year of lions mane dual extract. I can attribute positive effects to its consumption, just like an overall command of your faculties, and avoiding Kinesthetic appropriations.

    Caffeine is pretty much a racetams best friend. Aniracetam I like ashwaghanda Sensoril extract.

    Fasoracetam is not very useful to me, but I haven’t taken a large dose. I had a compromised gaba system, so I thought it might help. I think its more background/placebo, could obv. be wrong though

    After nearly a year of supplementation with all these I feel completely different than I did last year. I feel very good, in control, and have progressed significantly with physical activity, playing the piano which I did as a career for a number of years,(Ill be back though!) and establishing better relationships with family and friends. I was very tired and depressed at this time last year and can’t believe I have hope for the future like I never did before. I also give a shout out to PQQ and iodine.

    My best advice is if you are having trouble with smart drugs, is that you take a look at your deficits in vitamins and minerals first. Also your habits, diet, sleep quality, etc that this website so wonderfully outlines .


    My brain is PERMANENTLY messed up because of just 2 weeks use 6 years ago SOMEBODY BAN THIS CRAP. I also took modafinil a lot longer than 2 weeks so my main suspect was it I never thought it could be this piracetam crap. I was trying to find if modafinil has brain fog as a side effect, nothing. I even thought my atkins diet might have caused it. Now I just figured it out randomly. STAY AWAY!

  • Collin

    Hey, this is a great article and compiling of data. Really an important resource for people deciding if and how they will use piracetam.

    I have a theory as to why people are experiencing such negative results. While individual brain chemistry definite varies between individuals and the chemical interaction should be noted and considered, I’m really curious about the psychological element here.

    I’m a phd student in a depth psychology program, and we work a lot with denied aspects of the psyche, commonly known as the shadow. Piracetam effects a wide range of areas in the brain, but specifically the corpus colosseum is cited as a major region where higher flow of information begins to form. There is also a good deal around neuroplacicity, the hippocampus (memory and discernment) etc. and a decent amount of research to back these claims. That being said, the fact that it effects the brain doesn’t mean that’s it’d necessarily doing so for the better.

    Anyways, to get to my long belabored point, the understanding that piracetam is connecting areas in the brain and increasing communication between the two hemispheres also would mean that it is uncovering synaptic connections that may not be ready to be uncovered. From a depth psychological perspective this could mean that repressed somatic experiences may start to come online – ie the shadow that has been placed in the unconscious and into areas of denial so as to cope with life and survive may be getting pushed to the surface. If we are not ready to deal with the subsequent shake up and emotional processing then the nervous system will find a way to block this once again… perhaps through brain fog and a sense of decreased intelligence. The power of the brain and nervous system is unbelievable and can circumvent and reorganize unwanted feelings and trauma, even in the face of a drug that is attempting to create cohesiveness in the brain communication.

    So the symptoms described in detail may in fact be the result of a body/mind attempting to keep certain areas of the psyche untouched. This would be a protective mechanism in my opinion and i would suggest not taking the drug but rather finding other means by which to have cognitive clarity, and also maybe begin some kind of process by which uncovering denied material can happen at a pace suitable for you and your nervous system.

    Anyways, just a theory.


    1. Shea

      Interesting ideas! Thanks, Collin 🙂

  • Paul Rogers

    Could it be, that many of the negative reports, or at least a large portion, could be due to the substance taken and how reliable the vendor is, in terms of sending what they’re selling, the purity/manufacturing process etc. The problem is with Nootropics (and all supplements really) is that it’s become a very unregulated blackmarket where all kinds of stuff is being marketed from China etc and people often get bulk powders which could be anything! It’s really quite dangerous ingesting stuff like this, unless you get it from a proper certified vendor and reliable source.

    Since there is no regulation (and maybe some people would be against government regulation) we as an online community need to regulate this market ourselves. I would suggest it would be very helpful therefore, if the owner of this site, and others, when gathering this very useful data on negative experiences etc, can quote the brand and vendor source of the product. We may then begin to make some meaning and see patterns emerging, bad vendors/bad products and good vendors/good products can be more easily identified.

  • Jason P

    Honestly there is so much BS claimed by people when it comes to nootropics, either for or against. What’s always amazed me is how eager people are to draw the most specific conclusions about the effects of the substances they take, with absolutely no scientific process followed. No attempt is made to isolate variables, or use control groups. All kinds of assumptions are made regarding perceived effects and the dosages which caused them. People think that their sloppily drawn, self-delusional conclusions are watertight and worthy of everyone’s attention even though they consist of precisely one data point. Effects are blamed on very specific substances and dosages with no appreciation of the fact that these effects could have been caused by other things in the diet or other environmental or social circumstances. People are basically carrying out experiments on themselves that are scientifically worthless, and embellishing dubious results with all kinds of conjecture and extrapolation and assumption. In short, too many people harbor the delusion that, despite no formal training or education whatsoever in these areas, that they’re experts on biology, brain chemistry, psychology and the scientific process. What’s more, they’re using THEMSELVES as experimental subjects, with all of the potential bias and distortion which invariably ensues. It’s pseudo-science at its very worst.

  • Corioa

    It’s often recommended to take a choline donor with piracetam. Alpha GPC is a choline donor. Most of the time, people don’t take these things correctly. Also, some people need more reward and less neuro plasticity. Unfortunately, drugs that promote either will be in conflict, if the neuro plasticity element is GABAergic.

  • Corioa

    Good points. I’ve stated the same, a bit more explicitly viz. pre-existing conditions, however you captured the philosophy of approach to nootropics.

  • Corioa

    I’m glad the alarm has been sounded for piracetam. The same should be done for glutamine and GABA. The GABAergic substances, these three, for example, are prone to disrupt the Reward Cascade in the brain. Modulating GABA in the way of improving or raising it, directly contradicts the need to limit GABA during the Reward Cascade, detailed by Dr. Kenneth Blum. Most people taking any drug feel a lack of reward neurochemically. Things don’t work. I suggest people fix the Reward Deficiency Syndrome before considering GABAergic substances. Then, a real discussion on piracetam can happen, once the obstacles to its benefits are effectively lifted.

  • Henry DuQuesnay

    Who in their right mind would take 500 let alone mg per kg of aniracetam? And 6 mg/kg of vinpocetine? My 90KG self take 1400 mg of aniractam (15 mg/kg) and SOMETIMES 5-15mg of vinpocetine.

    Overdosing anything can lead to ill effects, even vitamin C. These studies were based on crackhead doses, not responsible dosing. #DontEatWholeBag

  • chris meiller

    A) Lifestyle
    B) Body chemistry

    A big part is your own lifestyle. I really doubt that a person with healthy life patterns runs into a catastrophe when taking Racetams. you just cant live a sloppy life and expect that Piracetam turns everything around. It also isnt that you dont have any influence what the Racetam does in your body. Its a big difference if you do it the lazy way: Waking up in the morning taking your teaspoon of Racetam and hope that everything will be good and then watching TV or anything like that. If you do meditations, excersise, affirmations, if you have a goal why you take Racetam, then you have a healthier approach to nootropics. You have to realize that there is a underlying reason why you feel like you feel.
    It isnt that science knows everything about that, but we can be pretty sure neurotransmitter are playing a very big part. BUT to produce neurotransmitter the body needs basic stuff ! There isnt anything like Piracetam in your body. So Piracetam isnt the first thing your body needs ! ! ! Your body needs vitamins (especially a massive amount of B, also C), it needs minerals, trace minerals, it needs a good source of antioxidants, good healthy fatty acids.
    So when you now bring in a hard hitter like Piracetam and you are basically depleted and lack Vitamins, minerals…its not a good idea to take Piracetam alone. We dont know what Piracetam does exactly, but it surely speeds up your brain in some ways. And if this happens your body needs more of the basic substances i described. If you dont feed your body what he needs to function, you will totally leach out your body with time.
    So that may sound harsh, but point at Piracetam and say “its evil, it harms” is a little bit childish and totally out of context. It depentds !

    Its understandable that people are looking for short term solutions if they feel dysfunctional or/and depressed and the medical system is not very helpfull.

    But Piracetam or any other nootropic can at best be a part of the puzzle to living a happier life, but nootropics alone cannot and will never be THE solution.
    Some of you people really need to dig a lot deeper and invest more time into how to get a healthier lifestyle. Thats just the truth and you know it !

  • Mike

    Has anyone ever realized that this whole “Nootropic” thing is just an internet subcluture scam? Bunch of psuedo-scientific terms borrowed from medscape articles from psychiatric research, (hence the lingo).
    And way way too much of OCD, compounded by self medicating with “best guess” bathtube made “supplements.” More likely Benadryl, or caffiene mixed with powdered milk depending on the intended effect. The only real physicians that are familiar with this internet phenomenon (Nootropics), are Emergency Room docs, who have to deal with self medicators flipping out.

  • Brian

    Thank you for saving me from f__ing up my brain. That is the LAST thing I need right now in my life. People seek these remedies out to help them with anxiety, depression, etc., so it is so tragic that a manufacturer of such a product just keeps on churning the products out, even with all of the reports of substantial and life changing negative effects.

    Thanks again for your post, albeit some years ago.

  • Nate

    I threw it in the trash. My reading comprehension was great for a couple of hours. Then it was terrible. Not worth taking and trying to up the dose every time my reading is stunted. That Alpha GPC is amazing though luckily I took it by its self prior to taking it with Piracetam. All the extra memory benefits I need is in Alpha GPC anyways.

  • Nate

    I feel the same way about Huperzine A. Everyone is different. If it works it works if it doesn’t it doesn’t. Some people react very negatively to antidepressants. Other people say it saved their life. Although with psych meds it makes you a lot more sensitive and can make you suicidal. Somehow these are regulated by the FDA and Piracetam isnt. That kind turns me off to the product. My Piracetam is in the mail. If I experience negative symptoms I will throw it in the trash just like I did Huperzine A. I’d say it’s worth $15 to try it though.

  • Dylan

    Thank you I appreciate all the time you took to gather all these comments into one place, it is very helpful and may save people from suffering due to their ignorance and being taken in by marketing fake comments posted all over the place.

  • Paco

    Sorry, but this is ridiculous. The only thing I can think of is that a bad batch or two made it out to consumers. But piracetem has been used in Europe and Mexico for decades. I have used it since 1995 when I began purchasing it under the “Nootropil” label in Mexican pharmacies for about $15/30 800mg pressed and coated tablets. Never, ever experienced brain fog, nor has anyone else I know that has used it. You went to great lengths to disparage a supplement that has been in use, safely, by millions of people and this without attempting to verify that these so-called “case studies” taken from comment threads involved piracetam sourced from a reputable vendor and accompanied by a lab test report. The compound itself is stable, and I don’t even think an LD50 exists for it. If so, it would be an amount so large a human would be physically incapable of ingesting it. Always buy from known vendors and ask for purity analyses.

  • Dave

    Thank you so much for this information. It’ 100% true – i believe the older you get the worst / quicker side effects show up. My heart had weird hickups and my eyes had a blur that scared me. This shit is dangerous and Ive done lots of drugs. I threw all the nootropics away. Serious stuff guys, I got the brain fog last year but just didn’t pay attention to it. It was normal after 2 months of not taking it. Then a year later I took some for 2 days and freaked out when my heart was beating irregularly.

  • Amanda L

    Interesting. I haven’t found any info that Desmopressin improves cog function. Do u have any further info on this?

  • Shai Hulud

    Interesting information. For myself and generally I feel (acetyl-)choline is often overlooked compared the monoamines neurotransmitters.
    Can you recommend a good review/overview?

  • Orest

    Racetams are not stimulants. They only help if you have difficulty concentrating or had brain injury. I had a brain contusion. Even though it had no noticeable consequences, racetams improve my cognitive function. I don’t like piractam, because it needs up to a month to see its effect.

    I prefer aniracetam. In my experience, it improves my productivity approx 30% (I am a translator, so I am measuring the productivity in words translated per hour). I know only one side effect of this drug: within a week or two after you start taking it, it may act as a sleeping pill if you are tired. But that’s all.

  • TheWonder92

    It’s not that encapsulated piracetam has a different effect than powdered. It’s that you were also taking choline.

    Try taking choline on its own, does it cause massive brain fog, depression, fatigue and flu like symptoms? Weak muscles?

    Then you have too much acetylcholine and racetams will regulate and reduce those levels in the brain, the higher your acetylcholine the more noticably positive it will feel.

    Same goes for choline, you will receive worsening effects from choline supplementation with higher acetylcholine.

    If you take a racetam and get a headache, or feel depressed, anxious or sick, and feel better while taking choline with it. Or simply choline on its own, then you likely have lower levels of this neurotransmitter.

    A person with high acetylcholine will respond very poorly to choline supplements, especially alongside a racetam which enhances the utilization of acetylcholine which would normally regulate levels without additional choline intake. But they will respond very well to racetams on their own, or to anti-cholinergic drugs with euphoria at onset.

    And you will see this in reviews and testimonials, people who present as having high acetylcholine will complain of worsening symptoms after consuming choline, and the symptoms they describe are completely in line with excessive acetylcholine.

    You’ll find a lot of the time you see anyone mentioning taking anti-cholinergic and becoming euphoric are dismissed very quickly by people who report great success with choline supplements.

    You can obviously strike a balance or lie somewhere between critically low or high acetylcholine levels and notice a benefit from coadministration, but that just represents the majority of the population who of course statistically must represent a larger percentage of the population than either extreme.

    High levels of acetylcholine will cause many serious mental and physical issues, that go in line with many underrecognised diagnoses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is one of these illnesses.

    I like to look at it in these ways when I think of high and low, in regards to quality of life, mood and well being.

    Someone with high levels of acetylcholine is always on, that surge of adrenaline you get when you’re stressed out is a near constant state for people with anxiety or stress disorders, this can be physical in the endocrine system, neurochemical in a lack of offsetting serotonin levels, or poorly functioning dopamine receptors, malfunctioning GAD activity. Psychological induced stress, or a result of poor diet.

    One thing is certain, every time someone experiences a flood of acetylcholine, from the smallest bit of anxiety releasing small amounts, to near death experiences completely flooding the brain, this will set the stage for what levels of this neurotransmitter are necessary. Levels will rise in those with anxiety disorders.

    Whereas someone with low acetylcholine has poor executive function as a result of insufficient recall, focus or acuity, someone with high acetylcholine will have poor executive function as a result of an inability to center of focus ones mind, or an overload of information they cannot process all at once.

    That’s where acetylcholinesterase inhibitors come in, for both types of people.

    For those with low acetylcholine levels, it will allow sufficient executive function to connect thoughts, patterns and ideas.

    For those with high acetylcholine, it will put a lid on excessive levels of acetylcholine interfering with mental function in overexcitation, it will prevent the downregulation of dopamine receptors (as acetylcholine releases dopamine, over time receptors downregulate and dopamine levels drop as AADC increases in response to high levels of dopamine being released.

    Over a period of time, the memory loss experienced in people with excessive acetylcholine levels ends up deteriorating in a similar manner to those with low acetylcholine, through destruction of brain cells. I do certainly believe that people with low acetylcholine taking a racetam without choline will end up with oxidative stress, but for those with excessive levels of acetylcholine racetams will prevent oxidative stress caused by excessive acetylcholine signalling.

    I’m not sure why caffeine is looked at as sort of a novel preventative measure to alzheimers, but also as a treatment method for parkinsons. These conditions exhibit polar opposite levels of acetylcholine, yet both are treated with Ache inhibitors.

    The dopamine depletion in Parkinson’s disease will lead to a lack of msucinaric autoreceptor activity, allowing high levels of acetylcholine to build up. This excessive activity and nicotonic receptors will further prevent the release of dopamine, it will release when nicotinic receptors are freed up. In an environment of acetylcholine saturation, the necessity of binding up free overproduced acetylcholine is high and leads to further downregulation.

    Whereas in alzheimers disease, a dementia and loss of executive function is shown, and a low level of acetylcholine is evident. Over the years someone with parkinsons could easily sustain enough damage that receptors would burn out, and acetylcholine could go along with their dopamine.

    Yet ache inhibitors do help both groups of patients, if you understand that you are a) giving your nicotinic receptors a reprieve to allow dopamine to release b) that you are preventing excessive levels of acetylcholine to be broken down by ache and c) that you are allowing dopamine levels to once again rise and allow dopamine receptors to upregulate as racetams are indeed known for doing.

    Something I’ve picked up on is that a great deal of the people who love choline and get right behind choline are to varying degrees more social, extroverted and confident that those who report serious brainfog and depression. And those who report manic episodes, or heavy euphoria from taking racetams or choline also tend to be extroverted, outgoing people. As they are inverse, low levels of acetylcholine might easily result in mania or euphoria in those who increase the functioning of their acetylcholine, as more dopamine is released with high dopamine receptor binding potential.

    Rather than the flipside where taking choline in a high acetylcholine state, will cause ones muscles to tense up, jerk and shake, and lead to worsening motor function as well as a drastic reduction in well being and mood, which is always characterized as an unspecific apathy and lack of concern for anything, a true state of Anhedonia as well as confusion.

    If you do some research into what increases acetylcholine levels, how they balance out dopamine in the brain, and how long term of a problem this is for those prone to stress, anxiety or depression in a feedback loop, you’ll be as interested and concerned with this neurotransmitter as I am I assure you. If you live in the West and eat a high sugar, high grain diet, you will be doubly shocked.

  • Christian

    You should really do more research next time, the reason you got so negative results is because you used WAYYYYYYYYYYYYY too much of it at a time, it’s meant for gradual progression in small doses, idk if you were just impatient or whatever, but they do all work pretty well when used CORRECLY.

    The brain doesn’t need much of the right stuff to efficiently use it to optimal levels, you used TOO MUCH of a good thing and that is what happened to you sorry to say.

  • douglas

    I remember trying piracetam for just a week or so way back in the early 90s and the first distressing effect I had was a servere bloated feeling that made me quit then and there! The feeling Ricardo described is what I felt after stopping xanax after seven years of use, like blood or water rushing around in my head. And there was brain fog also (I wonder if benzodiazepines cause oxidative stress too?) The only thing that helped was stopping all medicines, no alcohol or cigarettes, and drink lots of water. It took me 2 years to get over my initial xanax damage. And I think this course would be helpful when quitting piracetam too. I now approach all supplements with much caution, even ordinary vitamins. I was reading about coluracetam and its benefits sound great…but will they be? Or will it be just a new set of problems for us?

  • Caravaggio

    I had the heaviest brainfog on K-RALA (liquid) and cilantro tincture. I’m convinced both free mercury out of the brain but you need a chelator so it won’t just go back to the brain. Since I added chelators I had no more brainfog from it. Piracetam could be useful AFTER detoxification to repair parts that were damaged by the mercury. I think mutists have mercury in their cerebellum, so unlike autists, that got genetic defects and therefore smaller cerebellums, mutists can reverse their condition by detoxification.

  • piracetemia

    Piracetam works mainly as a mineralocorticoid modulator, but also has effects on cholinergic and glutamatergic systems. Most side effects of piracetam come from hypokalemia (low potassium), which is due to its effects on mineralcorticoid receptors. If you take it, I suggest eating a banana or taking a potassium supplement with it, and you won’t experience side effects. Sometimes when I don’t take it with potassium, I feel weak and shaky. If I take it with potassium I feel 1000%.

    Piracetam has almost entirely cured my Rayndaud’s syndrome, and makes my cognition feel normal. It is an extremely physically safe drug – studies have failed to even establish an LD50. It affects very important systems in the body, so research the hell out of it before you take it and start with small doses. Supplement choline (not bitartrate!) and potassium, again starting small and noting how it makes you feel.

    This article is sensationalist, but it certainly helped your pagerank. Good job /s

  • Maxime Gagnon

    I had the same issue with 1mg risperidone in january 2011 (psychosis induced from traumatic brain injury in 2009) As a result from the TBI (and the lobotomy), it took me : 3 months of Google research to found out about LSD and remember the TBI ; 6 months to found out Desmopressin (Minirin) could permanently heal some issues with short-term memory. One year after I had Amantadine for 3 days and… Fixed permanently some issues with extrapyramidal symptoms.

    Yes, in the meantime I did try Piracetam. I won’t say it damaged permanently my brain but when I took it I could say I had the same issues you had : If it affected my brain, it certainly not did as much than the TBI and the Risperidone so I could not judge your troubles.

    For me, LSD Desmopressin and Amantadine (symmetrel) improved my cognition with only several uses.

    For the diet, I recommend paleo (no gluten no milk) : If you can, you should try raw brain (veal). Also, raw bone tissue is of great help for your brain (sorry I’m French so…) : Just buy them at the grocery store and eat the inside with a teaspoon.

    Also, you should cook Cal-Mag with Apple cider vinegar (check out scientology Websites for the recipes) : It is used for drug withdrawal but it’s pretty useful for headaches.

    I don’t know what cocktail you’re using actually but… Be patient. Some things cannot be reversed to their initial states : no matter “what new product you found out about” I used Concerta for 5 years. Now I’ve been using Vyvanse for 2 months and it’s great.

    If you want to know where to start I recommend Desmopressin : Try it now ; it restored permanently something in my pineal gland.

  • Cough Cough

    I took this drug on and off for three months over six months ago and developed a cough and also tinnitus. I’ve been to an ENT and they’ve done all the possible tests to pinpoint the problem of my cough and there appears to be nothing wrong. What I’m thinking is the muscle spasms that some people have written about might be happening in my throat and chest which is causing me to cough as my cough seems worse on days that I take nootropil or phenootropil. Has anyone else had this side effect?

  • Tom

    tried Piracetam years ago at a dose of 800 mg twice per day for one week. I felt fantastic at first. Far more social, funny…damn right charming!! Then after about a week, I crashed. Felt sluggish, irritable, anit-social and angry. I stopped taking it. About two weeks later I tried it again, and immediately felt badly. I then waited several months, and tried it again, and once again immediately felt badly. I find it interesting that after that initial euphoric week at the beginning, I have never been able to take it again successfully. What has my brain biochemically remembered? Were there permanent negative effects? Needless to say…never again.

  • Kaylyn Cole

    ANy time you take the wrong drug/food for the wrong activity… things will not go well. for instance if you need food and you drink water instead things wont go well and vice versa.

    I would suggest you try Hericium and Carbon 60 instead. Read up on both.

    Everyone is a snow flake. Sorry you had piracetam not go well for you.

  • Justin Barrilleaux

    I think your issue is from a bad diet to be honest. I take 5000mg a day and not one issue.

    1. John

      Maintaining a good diet doesn’t seem to help.
      I had tried maintaining nutritious diet but that did’t help.I had stopped piracetam about a year ago but still retrieval of memory problems,foggines,dullness are there.Please help.

  • John

    Why we are here if science is rejecting us.
    Are not we here for a solution?Why most people don’t believe that piracetam causes serious side effects.Science should know that.I think we are here to do it.

  • Dusko Oljaca

    The reason why people get bad side effects from piracetam is because they do not take it properly. Many start with attack dose. Which is stupid. Any doctor will give you small dose and will raise it until you get it working best for you. Second it depends what else you are taking. Other medications, alcohol, anabolic substances and other stuff that affect your brain. You cant take all kinds of drugs and substances together. They will interact with each other and will affect your cognition. Piracetam is safe and good medication. I use it and it increased my working memory and attention and even my creativity. I use it at 1200 mg a day and it is great. Also, what most people tend to overlook is GABA. GABA is excellent molecule that calms you down and makes you focus easily, makes you relaxed, increases your creativity and let you work on your optimal level. Also scientists connect high levels of GABA to high scores on spatial iq tests.

    1. John

      In my case doctor started it with attack dose 1500mg per day at only 15years of age weight only 39kg.And today I am a dull person.

  • Sover

    Do all of you who have eaten piracetam and got cognitive/memory problems are same at this time?Or improvement is there?How many people have fully got their cognitive function back to their form?
    This is a serious question?
    I think you should answer.

  • John

    Please tell me if any relationship between piracetam and nmda receptor antibody.I had taken piracetam and got my memory problems.But later after 6 months I got my nmda receptor antibody in test.I had gone to doctor for piracetam he heard it but said it is not the cause and given some autoimmune tests like nmdar receptor antibody,Ana/ena profile etc.And I was found nmda receptor antibody positive on test.The levels are flactuating every three months.Few days back I have taken ivig.But still no improvement yet.I am not forcing anyone but I am requesting you to please check Nmdar receptor antibody whether it has any relation.Please help now you people are only one who can do something for me and all of us.

  • John

    Is there any relationship in between piracetam and nmda?But after six months Of last piracetam dose I got my nmdar receptor antibody positive.It was 772. Something where the normal is >15.6. If anybody suffering from piracetam memory problems please check nmdar receptor antibody.I don’t know if there any relationship.Doctors are saying it has no relationship.But still……………..

  • Pubadum

    My doctor prescribed me with Pramistar to treat the migraine, vision worsening, fatigue and occasional coordination loss which started out of nowhere last year (i was 27) I took it for one month and it worked very well for me. In fact, my vision suddenly came back to the level it was at before and I started feeling supper awake. I haven’t felt so well in years. It completely fixed me for a year and I might need another patch of these pills soon, because I start getting the same symptoms again.

    Don’t think any healthy people play with it… It’s a pretty strong supplement and there are pleanty of natural foods that you can eat to boost your brain work.

  • John

    Is there any relationship between nmda receptor antibody and piracetam?
    In my case approximately 6 months after last piracetam dose nmda receptor antibody found positive for me.Please kindly tell me about the case.

  • Tony Garvey

    What a load of shit. I wrote a peer-reviewed article on Piracetam years ago and frankly a lot of info in this is biased or not scientific enough.

    1. Nattha Wannissorn

      That’s awesome you wrote the article, Tony. Could you post a link?

    2. John

      Sir Tony Garvey Here all the comments against piracetam are real and are the best examples of unknown side effects of piracetam.I must say other people lucky that they are not having this.And what’s is science you must know

      : the state of knowing : knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding
      The real misunderstanding thing is that piracetam is giving good effects on human beings.Actually piracetam is killing general human beings here we all are discussing this and are here for solutions.Hope you understand.But before you comment like this you must know this —”The wearer knows where the shoe piches”.

    3. nootropicsresource

      I couldn’t agree more Tony. I wrote a few good research articles for my graduate thesis if you are interested on nootropicsresource site.

  • Oliver

    Just a note – ‘data mining’ isn’t what you seem to think it is.

    Data mining is the process of discovering information from data (usually big data) – it encompasses dimensionality reduction, machine learning etc…

    Manipulating an experiment or the data to support your preconceived ideas is a different matter altogether.

    1. hicjuice1

      We’re all already ultra-smart! Time to take it to the next level and try selegiline, moclobemide, rasagiline, memantine(low dose), tianeptine, kratom, NSI-189, methiopropamine, modafinil, flmodafinil, hydrafinil, 9-Me-BC, sunifiram, and phenylpiracetam hydrazide.
      Maybe they’ll even have job-ZT to withstand the bad economy and automation, lol.

  • John

    How to undo the actions of the drug “Piracetam”.

    All kinds of helps are accepted.

  • Chem7RN

    I am so grateful to have found this site with it’s refreshing honesty in reviewing the risk & reward of nootropic compounds. I’m still fairly new to the world of nootropics, but of course have been intrigued by the possibility of “super-charging” my brain.
    I have one of those 8-5 jobs that requires a lot of data processing; repetitive tasks that nonetheless necessitates constant attention. Really draining at times, so something to make that focus easier and less mentally fatiguing would be wonderful. Tried the Piracetam route with what seemed a little increase in focus, but short lived. Tried Phenylpiracetam with some really significant increase in mental energy (on day one), but actually felt scattered and unfocused. Had a hard time staying on task, and felt a little edgy and irritable. On day two, I didn’t get the energy, but still got the irritability and lack of focus. Not quite a brain fog, just felt a bit dulled. Had some gastric upset, too (which my coworkers did not appreciate at all). After going a couple of months without taking any racetams, I repeated the Phenylpiracetam experiment with the same results.

    -which I found interesting, and revealing. It would seem that there is potential for serious damage, not just mentally, but also in the peripheral nervous system. There are very real dangers here, but many times the naysayers get shouted down on the forums, and no real verifiable data to support the positives is ever offered, just subjective experience from a few zealots. The die-hards like to preach the promise of these drugs like a religion, but without really acknowledging the risks or side effects. The result is that lots of us have put ourselves at risk of harm while looking for improved mental heath. Even on the webpage I listed above, the author seems to have some ambivalence in reconciling his desire for the racetams to be an absolute good, while also sharing the data that directly shows this is not the case.
    Thank you to Mr. Cohen for the excellent work in compiling this, and for having the decency and courtesy to share it with the rest of us.

  • misterotaku

    I have also problems – long term after taking piracetam for a few days and then switching to noopept plus fishoil for two weeks.
    Some part of the brain structure is definitely changed now.
    Alcohol has no effect anymore and other psychedelic drugs only very small effects.
    I very much prefer the old brain structure because i have constant problems now with eating various ingridients that can lead to headache or a muddled/fogged/blocked brain state.
    Also negative effects last much longer as the brain appears to have a “saving” effect now (maybe because some “railways” are blocked that allowed the brain to clean itself up like before ?)

    As i have found out very problematic is Taurine (energy drinks) and Alcohol in general.
    Not recommendable: Glutamate, Zero Drinks.

    The Nr. 1 thing that is helping me to put the brain back into a more positive configuration is cannabis sativa ( If you want a strain recommendation i would say Ace Seeds Tikal or any other Mexican/south American strain)
    What is also helping but far less efficient is coffee and a nootropic stack called “Opti Neuro” that is also sold on amazon. Usually i prefer a combination of these three (all three only in very small doses).

    I hope this helps anyone here who is having similar problems.

  • John

    Piracetam’s antidote should be made

  • JOHN

    I am so so unhappy with that nootropic.Sorry please do not get angry or irritated for this comment again.Actually I comment here for solutions not to say any bad comment etc….

    Hope you all understand that please reply a satisfactory solution(Escept previous solution).
    I hope you understand this condition Sir.Joseph M.Cohen

  • hamilton0528

    When I first started taking piracetam capsules (w/choline) and got a bad reaction but I attempted to push through it so I could keep it in my stack. A week in and I was having uncontrollable mood swings. My emotions were out of control! If you knew me personally you’d realize how strange this is because I’ve always been more of a sound logical mind. I cut it out from my stack and my emotions went back to baseline. Later I ordered from a different supplier and tried the powder form. It was like night and day. Finally I could understand all the benefits that I’d read so much about! The difference was quite extraordinary and now I stick with the brand that works best for me. That’s my story tho and everyone is different and reacts differently. Always use caution when introducing something new and with dosing. Good luck all!

  • John

    I am requesting you all to please give me the solutions priority wise.It is so urgent please save my life Sir Joseph Cohen PLS……

  • FOX

    I want to fuck Piracetam hard fuck fuck fuck sex sex sex with me piracteam this time i am going to kill you piracetam.I am this type of angry with piracetam.


    Sir Joseph Cophen I am begging to you to please give us the ultimate soution to our problem.Please give answers priority wise.We will be so much grateful to you.I am not laughing at you.

  • John

    I know you all are suffering and are worried also.I am begging to you to please tell me any other significant solution that you know for this problem.Please give a list priority wise.pls..

  • John

    Is’s everyone gone to doctor.My experience with most doctors are horrible about this drug “Piracetam”.This not only killed me but also destructed myself alot.I am frankly saying this and recommending please not to use Racetams (Specially Piracetam) Find out another medicine for disease but you should’t eat Piracteam this is my opinion.I am not forcing anyone to belive just to please think atlest about this drug.However Is there no drug to cure this disease?
    I think we all who are victimised must fight together and must tell doctors and complain to drug research institute for this drug.I don’t really know why this kind of medine was made to kill peope why? And why such a serious medicine is given to a healthy human being (IN MY CASE I OWN DID NOT KNOW ABOUT PIRACTEAM FOR A SLUGGISH DOCTOR I WAS ABOUT TO TAKE THAT AND I STILL REMEMBER THAT DAY AND IT WILL BE REMEMBERED BY ME TO DEATH).If i know i would’t never eat that.NOw I FEEL I AM PARALIZED.IN Fact really all is end for me.I HAVE NOTHING LEFT BUT TO CRY THOUGH I HAVE CRIED A LOT.BUT WHO CARES ABOUT?MY PARENTS TRYING TO CURE ME THEY ARE BRINGING ME TO SEVERAL DOCTORS BUT NOTHING IS WORKING TILL NOW.Please give me your supports frineds please this is so serious.PLS……….

  • Jane

    I found this on a different site: “Racetams like Piracetam and Oxiracetam are known to increase choline uptake into cells, and to increase choline phosphoglycerides biosynthesis. This means if it is taken before entering into REM, the cholinergic effects of REM are increased, along with dream recall and increase total REM.”

    Which means that less is more, far more. If you are observing side-effects on racetams or noopept, the dose you used was high, too high! Also, if you can take choline phosphoglycerides, you do not need racetams then! If racetams induce choline phosphoglyceride synthesis, where do you think the “phospho” part is coming from?!?!?! Yea, it is stolen from other processes (presumably ADP/ATP) where the phosphate source was also needed.

    basically, racetams were mis-sold all these years. Taking racetams may introduce a damaging imbalance and possibly cell starvation. Eating eggs is far more important than taking racetams, basically, if you do not have a nutritional source equivatent to eggs, you shouldn’t even think about racetams.

  • Jane

    Funny how Pheniramine maleate in Theraflu is so similar to Piracetam in its effect. I think that choline depletion may be the chief acting mechanism in good AND bad effects.What is even more interesting is how Cinnarizin has identical sleep/sommolence inducing effects to both.

    So, some kind of an anticholinergic is real here, but how specifically does it work??

  • maik

    I think every racetam has a kind of immediate feeling to it. Many people get better vision, or more confidence, it has some definite impact, at almost no (feelable) side effects. But i think that’s exactly why they’re dangerous. I think racetams are a class of drugs, that are very strong. They have a big impact on the brain and people tend to overlook the side effects, which is typical for dangerous drugs. Another very harmful thing is, that the combination of these facts plus the establishment just ignoring it makes the drug cool and the following a bit like a cult. You might compare it with people, who praise Putin ignoring that he is just as bad. Racetams have an extreme tolerance issue and they do have side effects, which include character changes to the negative, hair loss, and impaired brain functioning. How can this be possible? Because the brain has a thousand functions, if you suddenly become super fluent, it comes at a price that you might forget other things. There is only so much processor capacity. As i have mentioned before, if you write a book or work on some super complicated thing and need a break through and you’re safe from every day distractions then you might try them, but if you’re just an average joe with an average job, it’s very much a waste, which brings me to my final point. The waste of time and money, while there are much better alternatives. You have to consider generally that like in the quote above people are different. These kind of people, who “feel good” shouldn’t even post. What i do is with every post on longecity, or reddit nootropics which i think could have value, is to click on the name of the poster and review his other posts. This way you most often find the problems. First of all their seemingly perfect plan changes every few weeks. They encounter bad side effects or they’re a bit like junkies, who test all kind of drugs. I’m not blaming them, it’s entirely the fault of this health system. I’m writing this on 1.25mg Deprenyl and i’m amazed by the effects. This could be it. Will i try to enhance it? Probably, but racetams are last on the list and i have all four racetams in pharmaceutical quality. They’re just completely overrated.

  • Karel


    First of all… pretty great article, kinda long so I’m not sure if I missed the information, so I will just ask here:

    I’m 20 years old and I want to start using piracetam. I’ve read some of these articles about racetams.

    The thing that scares me, is that I have a lot of allergies, and not sure if that is safe or not??


    1. Joseph M. Cohen

      I wouldn’t worry

  • Bozidar

    Hey people.

    Currently I’m 18 years old.

    Noopept was something I was taking for around 4-5 months, last dose being in perhaps April(?). It was 10mg-30mg per day and it didn’t show any really notable effects.

    However I continued taking it solely because of a theory that it helped with my acne. (which it could have, but I don’t know the mechanism nor its safety, implying it actually did)

    And I stopped.

    Ever since, my memory (short term mostly) has been extremely extremely bad (asking people the same thing 2 times in the span of 10 minutes because of forgetting that the question was asked.) Word recall has also become a lenghty process and writing has become literally painful. Also brain fog is there abundently and constantly. And I should mention my motivation has just dropped to zero too eh.

    Would you have any idea what could, potentially, SOMEHOW FIX THIS?

    Besides Noopept, had occasional (only once 4+ times in a week) Phenibut dosages, a lot of caffeine (5+ red bulls daily).
    Diet was terrible, KFC and pizza every day.
    No exercise.
    A lot of sitting every day. (90% of the day)

  • Victor

    In my experiences, the worst Brainfog comes from sugar. Cutting out refined sugar REALLY seems to help for me…

    My brain has taken quite a toll overall. I had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2008 and had to do some rigorous rounds of chemo. Since then, I’ve had so many mental issues (anxiety, OCD, ADD, social anxiety). I have trouble always finding the last word to a sentence. This is probably due to something known as chemo brain…

    I’ve tried taking Clonazepam and Adderall XR (20mg) for the last few years and I find that I really can’t take the adderall anymore. Everytime that I take it, I get the worst adderall hangover about 8 hours later. I feel like a walking zombie.

    I’ve been trying to experiment with a proper nootropic stack to find a replacement for the adderall and haven’t been successful but I feel like I’m getting closer. One nootropic (not really a nootropic) that I’ve been taking is Ashwagandha. It feels like this is a miracle herb. It really helps with calming me down and helping with my anxiety, but don’t take my word for it. Check out the webmd information on it.

    I’ve also been using Huperzine A, which I only take about once a week. It seems more like a mild nootropic to me. I don’t feel it too heavily. Pramiracetam (not Piracetam) and Alpha GPC are the last on my list. I haven’t found Pramiracetam to be all that beneficial for me yet. While it does increase my memory, I find that the side affects are too overbearing (headaches and drowsiness).

    I’m going to continue experimenting with some mild nootropics and in moderate doses but I would highly recommend giving Ashwagandha a try. It’s natural and comes from a root.

  • Erv

    I have been taking 320 mg per day for 70 days. I had a parachute fall in 2007 resulting in TBI; decreased cognitive functioning and difficult short term memory recall.

    My experience with it: it gives me immense drive and allows my brain to simultaneously sort through a myriad of tasks and line them up efficiently. I am able to improve my productivity and task managing skills by 800 percent.

    No headaches or brain fog. Quite the opposite. I must be the exception to the rule.

    1. Joseph M. Cohen

      These reports are the exception, however, I just thought it’s important to bring them up.

  • saji

    you have done a great job to come out this reviews together. It’s essential to get feed backs like this, Otherwise the people may mislead in the promotional articles of the medicine companies.

  • Stefanos Grammenos

    About Brain Fog, and other negative stuff…. Guys, I haven’t read all comments and reviews, but 800mg?? my god.. You can create negative effects with much less. What I have been suspecting and later read somewhere is that Piracetam urges the neurons to give their own ACH for the network communication to work more effectively. By doing so the neurons deplete themselves. So more piracetam you put, more you push in that direction. It is imperative so, that you provide enouph Vit B5 ( I take 250 to 500mg) always and in parallel with the dose of piracetam – I use 250mg of Piracetam and find it quite effective that way. You can experiment with more , but always keep in mind this mechanism, with piracetam you push neurons to give more ACH, but you need to provide them a way to restore their reservoirs. Otherwise more damage than good is done. (You might also take Choline supplements but more important is adeguate dose of pantothenic acid -VitB5 ).. Hope that this info helps…

    1. kevin

      Hi, appreciate your recommendations greatly, I am about starting piracetam and dont want a brain meltdown:-) How long time you took until now? I see from bulkpowers they recommend 3*800 mg B5 daily, maybe your effect will increase more with this dosis?


      1. stgrammenos

        Hi Kevin,
        I have forgotten I had commented in this forum, so just happened to read again that you was asking something. Sorry to note it so late. Maybe you have already found your own way to use right the B-5.

        I personally am good with 300-400mg or piracetam and 250mg of B-5 in Calsium Pantothenate form ( I use 500mg pills from Lamberts). This is the only way that piracetam has always performed at it’s best without any counter indications. B-5 it’s quite safe so you can take easily 500mg or more if you feel it works good for you. Take those quantities as an indication, be cautious and find your own optimum doses that work well for you. Again be cautious and don’t exaggerate with doses if you see thinks don’t work. Try something else instead.

        Another form of racetam which I found very effective is the noopept (technically is not a racetam) but please be VERY carefull with dosages!!!

        It is 100 times more potent, so you must buy a 1mg (0.001Kgr) precision scale in order to safely use it. After that I use it too with 250mg of pantothenic acid for a dose of 15-20mg of noopept. I can say this way for me is very effective. Note that the effects with this safe dose of noopept wont start immediately but gradually and within 2-3 hours and will last constantly for all day even during the next.

        Something that found also useful is to remember that there is also a psychologic part to our rendition. So these “drugs” in combination with some other technique such as meditation or subconscious clearing can make the real deal to perform better. These medicines can be usefull tools but they are not the ends on their own.

        1. stgrammenos

          (The way I am using the dose, is I take first the B-5 pill, and the I put the dose (in dust form) under the tongue and let it melt and dissolve in order to faster absorption. It is quite bitter taste, but it’s a small price to pay.)

  • John

    Any other solutions from doctors? Because Iam so afraid please please reply

  • John

    I am requesting all of you to please tell me any other easier solutions.Please feel my sole.I am hopeless.So so so nervous and fully wrecked.Please give me other solutions please

    1. basil

      I’ll pray for you brother…you’re not alone

  • Sayeed Ahmed

    What will happen to us?.How we will live?Please save me.Please tell me any new solutions so far my email is [email protected] please help me.What your doctors said?.Mine are so bad

  • John

    Please tell me if any significant solution is found.God is always mercyfully and hope we all will be cured so soon and back into our glorious future.Best regards

  • John

    How about your doctors?Whom are they saying?.But in my case unfortunately I have not found a doctor who realise my problem and solve it?I am so unlucky that doctors are against me.They so not understand my situation and arguments.They are saying that piracetam can’t do anything bad in one individual person.It is very safe etc.They are saying I am worried about the effects of piracetam etc.But I am in real trouble.Please pray for me.Please everyone. Everyone’s blesses are most needed.God the best.Hope you all will recover and please pray for my recover. Best wishes to everyone.

  • John

    Please give me solutions please please please please. Will I recover?Please i am bbegging to you

  • John

    Are anyone from India.Please tell me which doctor to inform I will forever grateful to you

  • John

    Please help me.On 19th March 2016 I had a collision of my head with wall.I was feeling uneasy and swelling was there (at the right sight of head near ear,Temple area ).No vomiting no loss of conciousness nothing else, just swelling was there.As it was head the nest day I went to a neurologist for check and some pain relief cream.He said Iam ookay but had given me (trade name agcitam ) piracetam(7.5 ml twice a day and and amitriptyline hydrochloride (trade name tryptomer 10mg 1/2 tablets daily after dinne at night ).He had given me ct scan if i want he said there is no need of that.I also had done ct scan and it is normal.After the collision Ihad no other pproblems like memory,spelling issues. But gradually eating piracetam my brain become dull and forgetful and my short term and explicit memory become very poor.On seventh day I completed one file of the piracetam and stopped it due to non availability in the pharmacy.Then after 4 days I ate the medicine again and situation became worst.There is a pressure in head,restlessness, brain fog,memory impairment,headache.Before eating piracetam I was a bbrilliant student stood first in class.But now I cannot perform anymore.Whenever i try to rremember and study and memorize i am having great troubles to rremember my studies,pressure headache and brain fog is there.Please Please Please save my sole.
    I am from India.Sorry for bad english my native language is not English. Age 15 years Please Please help me I will forever grateful to you.

    1. Vita Les

      Your case is just like mine. I can gradually heal my brain using strong dose of Caffeine. Or Adderal (Amphetamine).

      The best medicine for your case is Lidocaine (with 2% Adrenaline hormone), you can get it from dentist. However this is scheduled drug in most countries.

      P.S.: don’t ever take Caffeine & Lidocaine & Adderal together, it can overstimulate your brain (neurotoxic).

  • John smith

    The problem with many of these reports is that they are mixing both piracetam AND a source of choline. I never took piracetam – only alpha GPC (choline) – and felt many of the same symptoms that folks mention. I’m not sure if I was always like this but these days if I have just 2 eggs in one day I start to feel mild anxiety. The symptoms range from mild anxiety to major brain fog, depression, panic attacks and paranoia if I have too much choline.

  • EJ

    It bothers me that you took a bunch of things out of context and are trying to pass it off as “evidence”, when this entire post (at least the first 1/3 of it) is trying to claim that false evidence is leading to a sense of “safety” in the drug.

    Already saw a few comments saying this already, but this thing is WAYYYY too long, and I am the type of person who likes to read. Posting 70 excerpts from random people online (most of which seem to lack a grasp on the English language, or don’t speak it as their first language) doesn’t improve the credibility of your argument. Nor does putting random blocks of text in a bold font. If anything, it actually demonstrates that the whole thing is biased.

    You mention some study that you disagree with, and you say it had a small sample size…. yet you don’t mention how many people were in the study. You claim that brain fog and fatigue MUST be from oxidative stress because in your opinion, they feel similar…… Too much choline can cause both fatigue AND brain fog, and the racetam family increase the amount of choline released in the brain. Some people COULD have enough choline already; this would account for brain fog, fatigue, and the “non-responders” to the racetam family.

    Now, I don’t want to sit here explaining everything that is wrong with the arguments presented here, so I will just cover the one I have the biggest problem with: You are presenting this thing as if you are an authority on the matter, which clearly you aren’t. You know what? I’m not either! But at least I admit it, and I present my opinions as OPINIONS, whereas yours are all stated as if they were facts. You are not only spreading misinformation, but you are just speculating about what COULD be, and not in a way where someone uninformed can protect themselves from ignorance. Someone with no knowledge at all might come across this article, and the only information they will glean from it is “Piracetam is dangerous”. That means potential problems in the future for the GREAT majority of people that get benefits from it, small or life-changing.

    Science is science, opinion is opinion. The line is blurred in this post, and it seems as if writing a controversial and misinformed article WAS the objective here. Pretty irresponsible, if you ask me.

    1. JJ

      Well said!

  • Katja Bloigu

    I only read maybe 1/10 of this thread, because it is far too long.
    A. If you start feeling bad somehow after piracetam, then your dopamine levels and the flow of it are far too high for your well-being. Then that drug is not for you. (If you have too much sugar, it is toxin for your body too, or even water.)
    B. This is medicine, and taking any medicine too much and too long it will have effects and you`ll become tolerant. And pira was created for serious psychiatric diseases.
    C. What a doses people take!! Were they in coma before or what? Experts says that if 700 mg does not give you any effect, it is not for you.
    D. Basic thing about neurotransmitters: Everyone of us has different flow of them and people feel good with different kind of balance in them. Like SSRI:s are affecting to serotonin levels, when you get them too much, you have serotonin poisoning. Very well known now, that this is deepening the depression.

    People should run more, that is boosting your dopamin too. But you can`t run all the time, can you?? Running in small doses, extremely healthy. Leave piracetam for them who really need it.

  • Uros Stojanovic

    Bro, I felt the same as you with only taking pramiracetam, alpha gpc and vinpocetin for 5 days. I was suffering for 4 months and then I took antidepresants (Cipralex) and Xanax (alprazolam) and solve my problem. Maybe I didn’t solve it at all, because when I smoke weed for days I get that horrible feeling again, but generaly I am now good. I will pay to Joseph soon to ask him for advice, but think that only psychiatrist can help you. Long live Ricardo


    If you are reading this obviously nootropics are working for you since you have the attention span to read all the way down to my post. I have not taken piracetam but i have taken a whole pharmacy full of adhd rx drugs and natural remedies. i am natural practicioner and i strongly believe that most of the bad comments i have read sound curiously alot like children in adults bodies. as children or adolesents we try things and cry and pout when things dont turned out as planned. nootropics are a natural alternative to taking a prescription. when you take a natural alternative the patient has to keep in mind that its like taking a vitamin it wont HIT you really fast and hard and if you sorely dissapointed that the product did NOT do this then YOU WATCH TOO MUCH TV. instead of tring to fly off of rooftops and become the next wallstreet wonder be realistic and pay attention to the immediate affect that it is having on your body and its senses. i have never experinced bran fog however i have never been one to try to add gas to an allready lit fire to get warm wen its already eighty degrees outside.ANIRACETAM is litteraly used on ALZHIEMERS patients for its benifits. in NATURAL MEDICINE YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! if you want a cheaper nock off of aniracetam (one of the first nootropics on the market) then go ahead and run to the local walmart and get some a tub of GO-GO JUICE SUPREME and call it a day, but if you want results you have to look beyond your monetary limitations suck it up and save for a better, pure product. also stop cruizing the local bloggs and believing just because sally joe from who knows where heard from her mother in laws sisters forth cousin who went to night school (which was located at a place that for some reason allways manages to forget the exact name) where she got her “edu-juma-cation” SWEARS RIGHT HAND TO THE MAN UP STAIRS by a certain product, DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE JUMPING INTO A PRODUCT OR SUBSTANCE NATURAL OR NOT AND INTRODUCING IT INTO YOUR BODY. and when taking noorotropics dont expect wonders expect nothing and you will see what it actually does, notice how when you talk about your everyday dubjects you are all of a sudden explaing every little detail of everything. when you walk down the hallway notice the way that you notice how hard you are pushing on the soles of your feet and what it must feel like not to have shoes. you have to craw before you walk and allow your brain to aclimate to the new production of more brain cells. so recap: YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR IN ALL THINGS NATURAL(consumer goods,vitamins,etc.) DONT BE SO HARD ON YOUR SELF NOW TRY TO APPRECIATE THE THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO AND DO THOSE THINGS BETTER AND BETTER AND NEVER BE AFRAID TO ASK WHY. THE ONLY STUPID QUESTION IS THE QUESTION THAT YOU FAIL TO ASK. LASTLY DONT EXPECT MIRACLES YOU ARE A FOOL NOWTHING GREAT IS EVER ACHIEVED EASILY IF YOU TRIED AND FAILED TRY AND TRY AGAIN.(WHY DO WE FALL? TO LEARN HOW TO PICK OURSELF UP AND KEEP GOING)

  • Robert Dinse

    Everyone responds differently to different nootropics, of the racetams, fasoracetam has been the most helpful for me. During the study phase, PRL-8-53, and with racetams a source of
    good bio-available choline such as CDP-choline. Waiting a week before exam time is kind of the wrong time to start with a racetam as there is an inverted U response curve that is different for every individual, and finding the peak of that inverted U takes some experimentation with dosage.

    1. Myrrh

      I won’t be able to finish my portions without this I guess 🙁

  • Brandon C

    I’ve been taking noopept & alpha-gpc for nearly two years. It’s a delicate balance I have to feel my way into the correct dose for the day. Sometimes I know to take more alpha-gpc, other times I know to take half dose of noopept. What I take from this is everyone has different genetics and requirements for optimum nutrition, and taking bleeding edge drugs poses an inherent risk the individual must weigh before undergoing self-experimentation.

  • Ricardo

    Hi Joe
    Do you know if piracetam side effects vanish in time or is it life long? I only took 2g three times daily for a month as well as a 8g mega dose which killed me completely. Also, I felt as if blood was rushing through my brain. Is that a typical effect of piracetam? Is it bad? Cuz right after that effect the brain fog came. As if my neurons were destroyed or something. Please help me. This thing left ed a huge hole in my brain and I’d like to know if I can still get back to normal after a while. Say like a year or two. I don’t mind the waiting, I just want the bad effects to go away. Please I’m begging you answer me.

    1. Joseph M. Cohen

      I don’t know how long lasting the effects are. For most people, I think, it’s not permanent.

  • Joseph M. Cohen


    “Hi joe-

    I have taken piracetam in the wrong doses (too much) only for a few days but have created a horrible brain fog situation for myself and it’s been two days off without abatement. What protocol/supplements should I take to reverse the effects – I did not have a brain fog situation prior so it’s definitely solely related to the ‘racetam.”

  • Vita Les

    Let me add my experience taking Piracetam.

    Previously I’ve had traumatic brain injury (TBI) because of vehicle accident (in 2000), and I had got paralysis for 8 days, Tinnitus on my right ear that last for 2 years, sometimes blood just coming out from my right ear that last about the same as Tinnitus (2 years).

    But even after that accident, I still have very excellent brain function, eg: I can read 200-300 pages book in less than 2 hours, I can visualize things on my head very vividly. I can learn both basic math (Algebra) & advanced math (Calculus) which is normaly needed take to complete in 6 years but I completed it in just about 2 months (I’m not kidding on this, this is my true experience).

    Afterwards about 5 years later (2005-2007), I’ve had some major depression and get headache & fatigue for about 2 years. Then I went to doctor (in 2007) and given Piracetam 800 mg (2x daily).

    The first time I used it, it just give me straight headache. Next day I used it, my not going any better.

    However I continue to take Piracetam, someday I feel like very briliant, I can visualize things in my head like creating multi paralel universe with very great detail, and also with planets, stars, etc. It’s not like having just 1 brain, but it is like having 10000x brain inside my head. I can think many different thing at the same time, it’s very amazing.
    But it doesn’t improve concentration to learn something new (eg: reading books in the library), I can get easily distracted by other things when taking Piracetam.

    The downside of Piracetam is that it IMPAIR MY SHORT-TERM MEMORY!.
    I’m very forgetful to words or event that I remembered just about 5 seconds before.
    That’s just it, my other brain function works fine: spatial, verbal, reading, writting, calculation, visualization are perfectly fine.
    I still regret to this day why the hell that stupid wicked doctor give me Piracetam that impair my short-term memory.

    Afterwards in 2012 I get tooth abscess, and the doctor surgically removed the tooth. Amazingly the liquid-drug injected in my mouth does very strange thing.
    Suddenly I GET MY SHORT-TERM MEMORY BACK!!! I can retrieve everything, and I’m not forgetful as I was used to be. It’s just like miracle.
    However days later I realized the effect is not permanent, but I think if I can get this kind of liquid-drug then I can eventually heal my brain permanently.

    Months later I began researching about what kind of this liquid-drug injected on my mouth. It’s called Novocaine (or maybe Lidocaine) mixed with 1-2% Adrenaline hormone.
    Because I can’t get Novocaine on drug store (it’s scheduled/restricted drug in my country) then I began experimenting with other substance such as Nicotine, Caffeine, Adderall, Pseudoephedrine.

    The best substance that can restore my memory back until now is strong dose Caffeine. I’ve been experimented with wide range of coffee such as Arabica, Robusta, and Luwak (some kind of very expensive coffee taken from civet feces). And then I came up with conclusion the best coffee to heal my brain is actually the cheap coffee!. It’s Robusta coffee (with very high caffeine). The Robusta coffee taste very awful (the strange thing is the Luwak coffee from civet feces taste is very good!!).
    And months later Robusta coffee is slowly (and certainly) improve my short-term memory.

    From what I learn from other articles on many websites, I came into final conclusion about Piracetam:

    – Piracetam is not placebo!. It impairs my short-term memory! Placebo can’t do that!
    – If you got headache then it just worsen your headache.
    – If you take alcohol or psychedelic then it will just multiply the effect 3-5 times.
    – If you’ve previously thinking about something weird & imaginative then Piracetam can give you the whole universe inside your head, it’s just like you’re Playing God inside your head.
    – Piracetam also sometimes gives you lucid dreaming.
    – Piracetam side effect certainly can be healed with Novocaine, Adrenaline, & Caffeine!. I’m aware there’s other ppl here recommend other medication, but I can’t get that kind of drug in my country.

    However, it’s not worth trading the whole benefit of Piracetam with your short-term memory. If you want to be smart dont ever take the Racetams. Just simply drink cheap dirt Robusta coffee once every 2 day (sometimes I take daily).

    P.S: Sorry my english is bad, english isn’t my native language.

    1. Robert Dinse

      It clearly affects you much differently than I. I don’t get headaches from it, I don’t have any issues with short term memory from it. It doesn’t make me brilliant, but it does get rid of tinnitus.

    2. Vita Les

      After more research, I found that Caffein may increase Cortisol level in the body. In the other hand when Cortisol combined with Adrenaline then it can increase short-term memory.
      This explain why Caffein can cure my short-term memory impairment.

      This also explain when I got tooth surgery, the cortisol level automatically raised significantly because the my body stress level increased (Cortisol is stress hormone automatically released when the person receive stress/fear/pain/illness).
      So when combined with Novocaine (with 2% Adrenaline hormone) I suddenly can get my short-term memory back.

  • Robert Dinse

    I’ve been taking it for about eight years, it’s gotten rid of tinnitus, improved my hearing between about 8Khz and 14Khz to almost normal when it was essentially non-existent and generally helps me feel clearer headed, quite the opposite of your experience.

  • Artur

    Oh by the way – no long term studies – wait but what is that??

    It is a funny thing how can you write article just nit pick research that suits your point of view and then consider it to be the fact.

  • Artur

    Most daft article every – quote one study about side effects and claim it is true, then post another study about it’s benefit say it is false and support it by saying most studies have bad conclusions??
    Guess that Piracetam still lingers in the brain somewhere 😉
    You can’t presume one is correct and other is wrong to back up your claims. Either you give all studies same benefit of a doubt or you assume that all are correct.

    This is what they call a bias and anecdotal evidence.

  • Skyr3dd

    First of all, hello 🙂
    I have to say i am amazed, truly am (if you read more then you will know where i am coming from).
    I have also got myself experimenting with nootropics :

    I first started with Noopept and bought some capsules as i am not great at dosing with anything. The recommenced dose is 1 to 2 capsule of 10mg maximum per day…
    I tried one cap and i could feel something, subtle but working (good at multitasking, ease of speech, calmness yet still alert). Tried 2 in the morning and got a bit of brain fog and slight headache. Combined it with 1 aniracetam 150mg and 500mg of Alpha gpc and it’s just awesome!!
    Now check the dosage… i mean everyone is different, but many testimonials above mention absolutely insane dosage, IN ONE GO!!

    Are out of your bloody mind?? Of course you will experience side effects !! You will not become Eddy Morra from the Limitless movie because you swallowed 3 months of treatment (noopept for example) at breakfast !! What you should know with Nootropics is that less is more.
    Imagine complaining about palpitations after swallowing 10 cans of Redbull !!

    These are not for most FDA approved, and you should use them slowly and progressively, so you can know what dosage works for you. Some of them can benefit you in the long term by using an appropriate dose. I also have some modafinil as of today, but i won’t swallow 10 pills tomorrow morning just for fun…
    Remember OTC drugs like paracetamol or ibuprofen can be lethal at inappropriately high doses, but take one or 2 and you headache is gone. Take 10 and you won’t feel like morphine…

    To anyone who read that, please consider it.
    My 2 cents…

  • Lennyism

    There are countries where Piracetam is an approved medication requiring a prescription. Information on possible sideffects is therefore readily available, you just have to read the patient information leaflet that comes with the drug in one of these countries.

  • Betsy

    This is from a study (done on rats, of course).
    ” In animals treated with piracetam and vinpocetin, all morphological signs were indicative of insufficient supply of energy-consuming processes of repair in the acute phase of ischemic stroke. This was accompanied by morphological features of functional stress of the neurons of the cerebral cortex, different stages of gliocyte apoptosis, phenomenon of incomplete separation of gliocytes during their proliferation, myelin and unmyelinated nerve fiber pathology, as well as by changes in synapse structure.”

  • Jeff

    “Piracetam has significant body of scientific evidence behind it, over 600 human studies and academic papers are published about Piracetam on Pubmed.” Just searched on pubmed Results: 1 to 20 of 3054 Page 1 of 153 , Lots of studies

    1. Betsy

      600 human studies? Really? I just found this and actually have a hard time believing it. “Piracetam’s mechanism of action, as with racetams in general, is not fully understood.”

      Have you read through the 600 studies, because if you have found piracetam’s mechanism of action, please do tell.

      What are we to think of all the possible side effects listed for it, all the negative reactions people have had with it, and the difficulty in reversing the negative effects?

      1. s

        You know the reason you study things right? Not knowing why something works is actually one of the prime reasons to study something. Just because you don’t know how something works doesn’t mean you can’t study it

  • Jeff

    This article is hysterical bunch of paranoid retards , every thing we take and do alters our brains permanently — Piracetam’s “LD50″ (the lethal dose which kills 50% of test animals), Piracetam failed to achieve an LD50 when given to rats intravenously at 8gm/kg bodyweight. Similarly, oral LD50 studies in mice, rats, and dogs given 10gm Piracetam/kg bodyweight also produced no LD50! This would he mathematically equivalent to giving a 70 kg (154 pound) person 700gm (1.54 pounds) of Piracetam! As Tacconi and Wurtman note, ”Piracetam apparently is virtually non-toxic. Rats treated chronically with 100 to 1,000 mg/kg orally for 6 months and dogs treated with as much as 10g/kg orally for 1 year did not show any toxic effect. No teratogenic (birth deformity) effects were found, nor was behavioral tolerance noted.” Thus, Piracetam must be considered one of the toxicologically safest drugs ever developed.

    1. Hi C

      Same thing could be said about LSD. LSD enhances cognition at 10mcg(micrograms) and it’s LD50 is well over a gram(1,000,000mcg).
      Caffeine is another example. Most people like caffeine. Some people get angry and irritable with caffeine. Some people have an extreme sensitivity to caffeine where 2mg or 3mg can have the feeling of 3 Energy drinks. There is no one size fits all solution here. Everyone has a different neurochemistry.

      1. Molix

        I’ve never understood why people think that because you can take massive quantities of a drug and not DIE, then it’s risk-free. It takes impossibly huge amounts of Valium and gabapentin to kill you, but that doesn’t mean taking a handfuls every day will have no consequences. OTOH, one of the most dangerous drugs is Tylenol, which was originally approved as a safe alternative to aspirin. It wasn’t until decades and hundreds of millions of users later that they found how nasty it can be. Properly dosed, you’d be better off taking heroin 4x day for 30 years than Tylenol.

        Personally, I’m convinced that 90%of the benefit people are feeling from piracetam comes from the choline they use alongside it. How many of these have you heard: “it did nothing but give me a headache until a took choline, then… Magic.” I can feel an improvement in mood, energy and focus on dirt-cheap liquid choline chloride. Never felt any improvement in anything with piracetam. Huperzine has a really strong effect too,such that I can understand the lyrics to songs I’ve heard a million times before–so it wouldn’t be plecebo.

        Now, ‘scuze me, while I kiss this guy.

  • Hi C

    Has anyone tried Flmodafinil(Flodafinil. CRL-40,940)? It’s way stronger than modafinil as a eugeroic(wakefulness enhancer) while being more noticeable and anxiolytic, while modafinil is highly anxiety inducing and feels dirtier. Also, 2-methyl-2-butanol is a safer alternative to ethanol(booze, beer, wine, ect.) because 2-methyl-2-butanol has non-toxic metabolites while ethanol produces acetaldehyde(a toxic metabolite which causes liver damage, brain damage, and headaches) before being metabolized into safe acetic acid. Acetaldehyde is responsible for hangovers caused by excess booze. 2-methyl-2-butanol is the superior alternative to alcohol(ethanol). Another cool thing is that one day in the future, the safer Bretazenil and Propranolol might replace the somewhat dogdy benzodiazepines. Indanylaminopropane might replace current antidepressants because Indanylaminopropane mildly activates 5HT1a and 5HT2a receptors while activating to a mild extent, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. It’s the synergy of the receptors and the neurochemicals that reduce anxiety, induced mental calmness and peace, and makes it function better without depleting serotonin. SSRI’s merely deplete serotonin and are usually only effective for the first few months. SSRI’s increase risk of suicide. Things like Indanylaminopropane, bupropion, occasional psilocybin and MDMA, and Propranolol actually decreases risks of suicide and decrease excess anxiety(sometimes even for weeks or months after the last use). 2C-D at low doses enhances memory and problem solving skills. Low doses of psilocybin induces neurogenesis of the hippocampus(the first area of the brain that Alzheimer’s usually affects). Why aren’t beta receptors, 5HT2a receptors, and other receptors being studied more? Answer? They don’t allow scientists to access these compounds to study. We’re at the forefront of the golden age of cognitive freedom, increased creativity, exponential learning, and nearly unlimited cures to cognitive diseases and other diseases and also nearly unlimited cognition upgrades as well as cool future stuff. Yet those in power fear the intellectual revolution because if they can’t keep people halfway in the dark ages, then they can’t stop people from forging a better, more cooperative system that would make current systems obsolete.

    1. Jørgen

      ? Anecdotes….

      But someone asked about flmodafinil. Yes I tried it and it was the worst of the afinils I tried. The only one that made me very dizzy and everything spinning. 50 mg did this,.

      The best for me out there is armodafinil. Whatever brand it all works very fine. 50 mg ( a third of a 150 mg tab but there are also 50 mg tabs) gives me clean, calm awakeness. Modafinil (various brands) Always give me some jitters even at 100 mg dose.

      So my suggestion would be to get armodafinil from Waklert or Artvigil for instance.

      On the racetams: never had a bad experience but also little to mention in a positive way. The exception is phenylpiracetam which on its own does make for better concentration. I just use 100 mg or so and very occasional. My main problem is staying awake during the day at work (I am very much awake always from 20.00 – 02.00 hours which is not so effective for work of course).

      If I want to go to bed earlier or feel exhausted I use etizolam 2 mg. Also occasional as it wears of, so once per 6 days at most

      Another thing that is actually very high on my list to give me a very good night and a splendid day is Phenibut. But I restrict this to once per 10-14 days as it wears of so rapidly.

      Never found any of these substances (tried a lot of benzo’s) to be somehow addictive or habbitforming but to some people who seem to be vulnerable be carefull with both phenibut and any benzo’s. I can imagine if you are nervous and socially anxious (or just anxious) especially phenibut might be so good you want to use it more often. That is a road to horrible withdrawals sooner or later from the reports I read. Do not do it. If you think it could happen to you: do not use any benzo that is shortaxting or phenibut.

  • Uros Stojanovic

    People, my question is: HOW TO RETURN MY BRAIN IN NORMAL CONDITION ? I TOOK PRAMIRACETAM 3 TIMES IN 3 DAYS AND I SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, BRAIN FOG AND SIMMILAR. One more question:Could this permanently damage the brain ???
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi C

      You could try NSI-189, Centrophenoxine, and Indanylaminopropane. You can also try Omega 3’s, 5-HTP, L-Tyrosine, Potassium, Magnesium, Carnitine, Resveratrol, CoQ 10, and choline. Also, vegetables and physical activity. Occasional Flmodafinil can also help. Flmodafinil and Prolintane are better than caffeine in the morning because more than 300mg caffeine in a day will cause headaches later on. Also, using 2-methyl-2-butanol instead of ethanol(booze, beer, wine, ect) is also good. Ethanol is metabolized into acetaldehyde(a toxic metabolite which causes brain and liver damage and headaches/hangovers in high amounts). Then acetaldehyde metabolizes into safe acetic acid. 2-methyl-2-butanol’s metabolites are non-toxic. Use responsibly.

    2. Zadom

      I used Noopept with horrible results and it seemed to be permenent but i found some natural supplements that helped me greatly, Mucuna Pruriens and Catuaba which are both herbs you should look into and they helped my recovery greatly, I also take chelated Magnesium for anxeity and Tryptophan which naturally increases Serotonin cause Mucuna and Catuaba are Dopamine affecting herbs and too much Dopamine can lower your brains Serotonin but after many months of trial and error and being determined to get back to the way i was i found these to help greatly

  • Dylan

    Everyone in this thread is a genius and has an IQ of 175. LOL

  • Dave

    I took only 800 mg a day for ~5 months. While I had noticeable cognitive enhancement, I also felt a personality change, and I started to act very cruelly to my girlfriend. I had no patience for anybody, and was acting like a dick all the time. I also became painfully self aware and self conscious of this, and developed social anxiety. It degenerated into full blown anxiety/panic disorder complete with severe heart palpitations and tachycardia. A doctor prescribed me an SSRI which aggravated the panic disorder. Thankfully in this time I had an awakening and quit smoking cigarettes. But I am convinced that the piracetam messed me up and in a way caused an anxiety disorder for me. It’s not worth the cognitive boost for me. I’ll stick to coffee and exercise.

    1. lo

      Where did you buy your piracetam from?

  • Hi C

    It sounds like you overdid it. Nootropics are for occasional use only. Failure to cycle nootropics will result in side effects. You can try resveratrol and emoxypene which are antioxidants. Antioxidants are the side of nootropics most nootropic user fail to use. Pomegranates are also excellent. Modern wheat (which contains a mutated form of gluten) is also harmful. Switching from dwarf wheat to einkorn wheat may help. Prolintane is a great nootropic for occasional use when you have a particularly busy day. Hydrafinil is a good wakefulness enhancer. Phenylpiracetam hydrazide is the cleanest feeling racetam, though it’s best to cycle nootropics. Eating vegetables and beans, seeds, nuts, and protein is good too. Excercise, running, jogging, lifting weights, are also important. Occasional creatine can help. Prolintane stacked with Phenylpiracetam and Hydrafinil(fluorenol) feels like the ultimate stack(keep use to once a week or less). In the past, I found low doses of 2C-D to do wonders for cognition and the positive effects from the 2C-D seem permanent. Methylene blue can clear up the glutenomorphines and beta amyloid plaque and toxins and stuff. NSI-189 can induce neurogenesis. Propranolol is reported to reduce anxiety. Sometimes excessive anxiety is the thing getting in the way of cognition. Maybe ionic feet detox can help in eliminating toxins. It could also be colon toxins, so cleansing it could help. Geranamine can be used as a pre workout to boost muscle energy and help get the best out of excercise and out of every workout. Good old 2-methyl-2-butanol is a great alternative to alcohol. Maybe all that piracetam put stress on your liver. Sometimes all that’s needed to make sense out of the chaotic nootropic thoughts for some is a low dose psychedelic. I don’t know why, but it goes great after nootropics. Nootropics, low dose psychedelic(little to no hallucinogenic at the low dose, but chaotic thoughts fall into place), and then a good month break from it all. Balance is key to long term potentiation. While moderate to severe activation in 5HT2a receptors cause hallucinations, mild activation causes an enhancement of learning that seems to become permanent. Low dose psychedelics is not looked at by society due to people’s indoctrination by government. The very same government that supports cocks(the bias cops, not the normal ones) attacking and arresting people of color who are in the autism spectrum. The system is vastly sick and has become the contagion of society. Yet society drones on, ignoring the problems, supporting an agenda to abort people with mild developmental disorders and polling the earth. There is hope though. A flying robot girl in the sky is going to help and guide the good people and caring people to help develop a desert land which is no man’s land into the promise land. The old system doesn’t work and we must develop Bir Tawil and create rivers, freedom, and a just and fair society. A society that kills bigotry at it’s root, and that’s anti GMO and that promotes the advancement of science, peace, unity, happiness, and cares for one another. The flying robot girl in the sky pushed the asteroid 2002 NT7 out of our way. The most important thing to remember is that you are NOT your genetics. You transcend your genetics and must believe it to be true. Genetics are nothing more than a trap pushed by the media to lock up our potential and make us all hate each other. You figured out a lot of things. The greatness is already within you. The journey is long, but the experience is one we usually learn from. There’s no one size fits all stuff. We are as unique as snowflakes.

  • Dmitry

    Regarding oxidative stress of piracetam research. Keep in mind that piracetam followed ethidium bromide. It is groundlessly to blaim higher dose of piracetam alone in an oxidative stress markers increase.

  • Toohottohide

    I have used this for about 7 days now. On the first day i did not notuce any thing. But the second day i felt i could challenge any thing and any one. I was able to string a sentence together with out forgetting in miday conversation what i was going to say. Normally i would feel concious of talking in groups.
    I use to experience brain fog. I would struggle to think of words. My memory was so bad i found it hard to communicate with every one. Until i found piracetem it has changed my life. I was depressed out of frustration. Snd this has improved my relationships. The only struggle i have us sleeping.

    1. Johnnyc

      This is the same experience I had with piracetam. Do you still use it daily?

  • Pedantic

    “My personal experience indicates that the oxidative stress is dose dependent”
    You mean independent.

  • Oz garcia

    Have been using all the racetams for over 25 years. I’m 64 , a marathoner and keep stacking nootropics and additional supplementation. Context is everything. How do you eat , excersice , do you drink highly caffeinated beverages and on and on. How’s your sleep hygiene and so on. I discovered Nootropil in Germany over 30 years ago both oral and injectible and I’m only thronging and getting stronger. Anaracetam has been a remarkable upgrade for me. It’s impact on my serenity , clarity and focus has been sublime. Sorry to spoil your party. Seems you never understood how much- how often – when and so on. If you believe that anything has no side effects , especially nootropics your a fool. Do your due diligence very thoughrouly before you scare people in this manner.

    1. StrangeMagic

      You’re a fool. I can see Piracetam hasn’t transcended your grammar.

  • MCIC

    It will kill your brain. After a year of not using I still have not recovered. My cognitive skills are declining and I have now lost my sense of smell and taste. I am depressed, tired, memory problems, creativity is totally gone, loss if interest in all activities I one loved. My thinking skills were my greatest gift before racetams. I have made myself dumb and have permantly caused damage to my brain by experimenting with racetams. I will never be the same again and racetams are a big dangerous lie.

    1. Zadom

      I used Noopept with horrible results and it seemed to be permenent but i found some natural supplements that helped me greatly, Mucuna Pruriens and Catuaba which are both herbs you should look into and they helped my recovery greatly, I also take chelated Magnesium for anxeity and Tryptophan which naturally increases Serotonin cause Mucuna and Catuaba are Dopamine affecting herbs and too much Dopamine can lower your brains Serotonin but after many months of trial and error and being determined to get back to the way i was i found these to help greatly

  • leif

    I’m 25 and I bought piracetam last week online from one of the top vendors on a google search. I had heard so much about the boost in cognition and figured there was no risk.

    I’m regretting it horribly. I took a 500mg dose the first day, felt pretty good, slowly upped the dosage to about 1.5g during the course of the week. Then all of a sudden i got super irritable, decreased focus, decreased socialibility, more anxiety. My head feels “tight” and i have been grinding my teeth subsciously for days now which i never used to do. At first i thought this was do to my moderate marijuana use and didn’t even suspect piracetam, but after coming to this forum i have completely stopped.

    A week after my last dosage I still have all these bad symptoms and they aren’t getting any better.

    For those of you who have used piracetam have you symptoms remained permament even after you stopped?

    I only took piracetam for a week, but my symptoms aren’t getting better, do you think they eventually will? And is there anything else you recommend to mitigate these symptoms?

    1. jingrids

      hello……I have had serotonin syndrome..Too much ssri… The pressure/tightness in my head was BAD…What I am reading here sounds like neurotransmitters are building up very high… If one has a slight imbalance, then high doses or the wrong racetem will react on the neurotransmitters…… No-one has a perfectly ‘balanced’ brain…After all-we are individuals.. If something is wrong-STOP IT.. wait a few days and try a different one-at VERY SMALL dose… At the moment I can take neither ani/pramracetam.. It boosts the sedatives I need for sleep..I just spend the day on the lounge, flaked out… I am praying I can find the right one to replace the ssri I have been on for 30 yrs, as they have done my head in…. I am on supps to try to rebuild what has been depleted… Pray I get off antideps…Regards Ingrid

      1. darwinbautista12

        ayahuasca helped me alot in healing my brain after ssri use

    2. Uros Stojanovic

      I have the same problem. If you find the cause and the cure, tell me please. Everything the best

      1. teststuff

        first of all i suggest noopept and piracetam are different;
        apparently for some people piracetam has some negative side-effects,
        still a rare maybe, but nevertheless a concern.
        Noopept is strong stuff, when i take it the worst side- effect for me
        is some rash (skin irritation) secondly more to the loo (kidney i think),
        and as result i should drink more water to prevent drying out my body;
        only recommended when you really need a cognitive boost
        (but that’s only my experience, iq approx 145, age 60)

    3. Uros Stojanovic

      Did you find a cure to return your brain to normal condition, friend ? If you did, please tell me.

    4. kevin

      Do you live healthy with food, sleeping pattern, taking necessary vitamins, minerals, choline etc`? for sure Piracetam can only work properly if you mind and body is in balance.

  • Dmitry

    Actually a piracetam is THE ONLY remedy that helps me with Brain Fog. Even WITHOUT *cholines. Just because here in Russia there are no such supplements. 🙂 BUT piracetam is a DRUG here, not a supplement as in USA. Requirements to drug production are much stronger then to supplements. I haven’t tried “american” piracetam, but I have tried Ginko Bilobas. Trust me, russian DRUG Ginko Biloba REALLY WORKS unlike american and russian SUPPLIMENTS. Both 24/6 lactones.
    Yes, the first week of piracetam is even worse. But then… For months… It’s a miracle!! ~3,2g a day.

  • Jason

    I disagree with this article. Piracetam has lots of great benefits backed by lots of research It has helped me immensely. It is just strange how some people get opposite effects.

    1. Brad

      And you post to this with a site selling the stuff. Seriously. Conflict of interest maybe?

      I’m incredibly thankful to come across this site. This is my second time (after a hiatus of 4 years) starting piracetam. All these negative effects. I just keep waiting for that moment of clarity and vivid eyesight.

      Instead, my eyesight was completely blurry last night. I had to put a book right in front of my face to read.

      I also had a pretty bad hangover from bingeing the night before, but the eye problem was frightening (I don’t usually go blind when I’m hungover), and I am convinced something is wrong with piracetam usage…

      I’m stopping now.

    2. Hi C

      The best research is personal experience.

      1. Luigi

        abolsutely 100%

        1. Irishluck531

          Idk all I know is I’ve been using nootropil for about 3 weeks now and feel great. Have the entire time. I take two 1200 mg tablets three time a day times out with set reminders.moods been really good. Maybe jumble up my words every now and then but that’s cause I’m thinking about 5 diff. Things at the same time and completing them no problem in my head. All I know is if I wasn’t on the stuff I would not have made it to this point on this page. Lol and srry but a lot of you ppl on here start off about the sides and then get completely off topic. You’re here to talk about the product. Everyone is diff and is going to get diff sides. Mine are great. 27 years old work out about hour and a half a day eat very healthy. And I just feel like I can link all my thought together more clearly on the stuff. Just my experience.

          1. kevin

            Well said!

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  • Aleks

    I believe, there is a growing trend of poor quality piracetam penetrating the market. Even companies that cite independent QC pay the same low bid on alibaba/Chinese ogranochemical contracts. This market model has the worst QC with little oversight. And I suspect, after 10+ years of personal use(and many orders from different companies), that the preferred syntheses process and/or major supplier has changed. Because the product from a number of different companies has started looking finer in grain, sometimes has a unique organic-solvent smell and has an unusual “wetness” when examined under magnification.

  • john

    This info is produced by the government as they do not want the general public to use piracetam.

    1. Joseph M. Cohen


  • Jason Gray

    Also do not ever forget the choline. I recommend choline bitartrate. I take two parts choline to one part racetam. This could be your problem. Not enough choline with your racetams will produce exactly the kind of problems that you are describing.

  • Jason Gray

    You may need to get tested for HIV. There is a thing called Aids dementia. The HIV virus will eat into your brain and produce symptoms similar to the ones you have described. I am not trying to diagnose you. I will leave that to the doctors. It may or may not be HIV, there are several esoteric conditions that can bring on sudden unexplained dementia. If seventy people just happened to start piracetam at the time of the onset of one of these conditions I am only surprised that there aren’t more. Out of all the millions of people taking piracetam for the first time the odds alone will shoot a few of them down with esoteric dementia at around the same time. Also your body could have an allergy to racetams. Or it could be a contraindication. What other drugs or herbs did you take when you started piracetam?

    1. yamommaz nigga

      …Read what these people are saying: they had symptoms that DIRECTLY corresponded with their Piracetam usage

  • Dar Dobs

    Seems that many of the side effects posted point to magnesium depletion/deficiency…the tics&muscle spasms are red flags…without sufficient amounts of mg, no supplement natural nor man made can ‘work’optimally. viz, for it’s role in the functioning of 500+ bodily processes…it’s like modifying a motor [nootropics] but neglecting to air up the flat tyres [mg] cheers

  • Tony

    I wanted to take a second and thank you for this post: it seems all I’d previously read was the hype. I began with a relatively small dose of piracetam at 750mg/day over 5 days, except for one day at 1.5mg. The day following the double dosage, I awoke to some very evident irritability, bordering on hysteria at times. Rather than cease my regimen immediately, I decided to lower my dosage back to the 750mg and woke up the following day to some serious brain fog, which prompted me to do research on piracetam as a cause of drowsiness and to come upon your post. I don’t know how much longer I would have continued to take piracetam – even with the brain fog, perhaps, like many, with the irrational hope that it would pass – but your post saved me from finding that out. I stopped, which then led to two days of some serious anxiety with some potent anxiety symptoms, though I will admit the anxiety may have been due to the things I’d read when following up on some of the anecdotal excerpts you mentioned above, engendering fears of having permanently fried my brain. However, whatever the cause of the anxiety, I have no doubts piracetam was, at a minimum, a contributor. Unless I was remembering how to fight while defending myself from hooligans in an empty subway terminal from a movie I’d seen 20 years earlier as a kid, the benefits of piracetam – however “subtle” they may be – were not worth the costs in terms of how I was feeling. The stuff’s bogus (of course, of course… at least for me).

    1. Joseph M. Cohen

      you summed up exactly the reason I wrote the post; so a guy like you wouldn’t think that you just need to carry on with it because no one else has those symptoms.

    2. Uros Stojanovic

      I have the same problem. If you find the cause and the cure, tell me please. Everything the best

  • Jonathan Roseland

    Sorry to hear about your experience with Piracetam! However, I think this exhaustive article is equivalent to a case of an award winning restaurant serving a thousand happy customers and a single guy gets sick and posts 1-Star review on Yelp

    1. Joseph M. Cohen

      It’s more like 100 people go to a restaurant and 5 get food poisoning. And I tell future customers to pay attention if they have symptoms of diarrhea and not ignore the warning signs by continuing to eat the same batch of food.

      People need to know it’s not risk free and there are side effects for a percentage of the people who take it.

  • Marko

    +1 on this

  • Jean

    I was just thinking that some people might have experienced negative effects due to combining it with alcohol. Alcohol is neurotoxic and most nootropics increases the permeability of cell walls. This is one theory. So, maybe it is safer for those who don´t drink or use neurotoxic substances? Who knows. However I believe that Noopept is quite safe, but don´t take my word for it.

    “The protective ability of noopept most likely results from moderate suppression of oxidative stress and intracellular calcium influx, stabilization of mitochondrial function and reducing of apoptosis. Another possible mechanism by which this compound protects cells from amyloid toxicity may be related to the decrease of tau phosphorylation and, eventually, neurite stabilization and outgrowth.”

    New study:

  • another-writer

    great blog. working with computers my cognitive performance is important, and i ordered Noopept; on most sites it is promoted, but there are not enough warnings about side-effects. initially the stuff made me restless, hampered sleep, and decreased concentration; although i started reading more stuff on the internet, the
    overall effects clearly were negative in retrospect.
    But now decreased intake to 10microgam one day (i and been some days on 20/day..), and next day nothing. NB i do active work, reading prototype programming when i took the dosage (in a more restless state), next day i do reviews, planning, the important stuff. Overall this seems to work, i already have a high Iq, already use paroxetin and what is written in some postings seems correct, initially it harmed me more than i expected but now it still seems slightly useful. quitting is an option but i like the productivity boost so i’ll try it for a year or so.
    PS didn’t know NAC might try it in addition. thx for the tip.
    PS2 Kombucha also seems to have some dangers

    1. another-writer

      let me add that i’m above 50 yrs, so i thought a cognitive boost might help with the computer work; and i used alcohol sometimes, so the Noopept might repair some possible -slight- damage, if any;
      oh and the Noopt together with the booze is a nono, btw
      (you don’t get very drunk so there is a risk of intoxication
      and the next day you ll regret for sure).
      A young programmer with a hi Iq and a healthy lifestyle
      probably wouldn’t need any racetams; same for students,
      you can use it to read a lot, but quit before the exams
      otherwise you might get bad results; as you need
      concentration and overview for written work

    2. Joe

      I think kombucha dangers are overplayed. If you make it acidic enough contamination isn’t a problem.

  • Maija Haavisto

    I wouldn’t say the positive effects of piracetam have been subtle for me. I used to suffer from very severe brainfog, essentially dementia, because of CFS/ME. Piracetam and nimodipine have been very helpful and almost restored my previous cognition with one exception: my maths skills seem to be permanently lost. I’ve tried many other nootropics and these are the only things that have clearly helped me; ALC and shizandra seem to confer very subtle benefits, which may be just placebo.

    I’ve been taking piracetam for 7.5 years, at 2 x 1,200 mg a day. The first days I felt slightly tired and irritable, but after that all side effects subsided. Piracetam has particularly helped me with cognitive fatigue (which used to affect me severely) and verbal skills, especially word recall.

    Without piracetam I wouldn’t be able to be a professional writer. Since starting it I’ve had seven books published (both fiction and non-fiction), with four more in production. I take it twice a day, but sometimes I forget the afternoon dose. If I do that too many times in a week (e.g. when traveling), I do notice, as I start losing words just like before starting to take it.

    I’ve tried taking choline or other cholinergic supplements with the piracetam, but it seems to have no effect at all, except giving me vibrant dreams.

    Many people I know with CFS/ME have taken piracetam. For most it either has worked nicely, or they haven’t noticed anything at all (people with CFS/ME are notoriously sensitive to medication). One person reacted very badly to it (I can’t remember how any more), but when she took tiny doses, just a few milligrams, it helped her considerably and she was able to finish her PhD which she hadn’t been able to work on for years because of severe illness.

    1. Joe

      I’m happy it works for you

      1. Uros Stojanovic

        Dear Joe, PLEASE HELP !!! I will be brief. I am 22 years, student of Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade (Serbia) and beacuse of my endless curiosty in searching for the best nootropic I bougth Pramiracetam and Noopept. I took it only 3 days and felt horrible negative effects as people wrote in topic “Piracetam, Aniracetam and Noopept Dangers and Risks (And Other Racetams)”. 2 months later these effects (extremely poor concentration, disgusting memory problems and anxiety/depression) have not disappeared. When I read your topics, I ordered ALCAR, ALA, Curcumin, NAC, Probiotics, PQQ, L-Theanine, L-Tyrosine, Ashwagandha. When it comes I will try and I pray to God to make me feel better. \
        Before taking Pramiracetam and Noopept I was brilliant student, full of self-confidence and enjoy in training (gym). My questions are: 1) Will I ever recover from these drugs ? 2) What would you recommend to me ? In addition, I am waiting for results of hormone levels …

    2. Brenton

      Pramiracetam + piracetam significantly increases my interest in mathematics, although I don’t know if my ability improves at all.

  • Tim Williams


    Thanks for your reply, Steve. As it happens, I’m grappling with the same issue as you re: depression! I suffer from post-traumatic stress – and quite a severe level. I have severe depression with suicidal ideation, short term memory issues (I’m 32 and it’s like I’m a forgetful old person!), anticipative anhedonia, and aversion to interacting with other members of the public – all to a level that I’m currently listed as disabled.

    This is all the more alarming given that my PRIOR state was exactly the opposite – and that I’m pretty well-educated in behavioural psychology and neurobiology! Ironic, really… but it goes to show; at the end of the day our personalities ARE ruled by our brain chemistry whether we like it or not.

    I would agree with you that if you suffer anxiety, piracetam (and Noopept, which has similar action) is NOT the thing to be taking! Remember that these drugs upregulate acetylcholine and as such, they will make any existing hyperarousal/anxiety issues much, much worse.

    In fact a possible explanation for your observed issues with piracetam may well be that you’ve upregulated a system which was already set to “extreme stress” mode; causing you to fall into full-on post-traumatic syndrome. The lethargy, memory issues/brain fog, etc. are all consistent with neurochemical changes due to prolonged stress. You may have made your own monster!

    That said, there ARE some things you can look at that may be of considerable help. I have extensive, personal experience with each, and they’ve all helped to great degrees. In fact, i was even rendered cured for a blessed but brief time… but had the extreme misfortune to suffer 4 major life stresses immediately afterwards, which threw me back from whence i’d come.

    Briefly, the things to look are are:

    1. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). The theory here is that in prolonged stress (also physical or chemical damage), one of the “links” in the brain is disrupted. This link is between the amygdala (your alarm center) and the prefrontal cortex (the “you” that can tell your alarm center to STFU). It seems that this link is quite delicate and destabilises easily. Once down, it is prevented from coming back “online”… its job is to shut up the amydala, and with the link “down” the amydala has unfettered ability to yell “alarm”. This creates a vicious circle of MORE stress, which ensures the circuit remains down…

    …interestingly this is why electroshock seems to be so effective (however the side effects are devastating). The seizures induced seem to “stimulate” the link into coming back online. Of course, that’s like doing surgery with a hammer… so, enter rTMS. This technique uses powerful magnetic pulses to – via the magic of physics – stimulate a very small electrical current in a precise area of the brain. The current is JUST enough to make neurons spontaneously fire. rTMS treatments daily for 4 weeks can cause the resurrection of the “offline link”:… and a subsequent cure in anxious or depressive behaviours. I’ve had this and it was indeed the thing that “cured” me. It’s not fringe science (mine was administered by the McGill University neuropsych department) and it’s very very interesting. And, in fact, it’s really pleasant! For half an hour after treatment (which is painless and relaxing) you are a Zen grand master… a profound peaceful feeling is upon you. And, oddly, a craving for coffee…

    2. Low-dose psychedelics. No, I’m not being weird here… the curative abilities of psychedelics are well-documented and have been noted since the 1960s. Specifically, low-dose psilocybin (magic mushrooms) provoke neurogenesis (neuron birth) in the hippocampus. This is significant since the hippocampus shrinks in profoundly depressed and anxious people (this is behind some of the memory issues). Short term low-dose psilocybin has been shown both in rats and humans to cause ‘fear extinguishment’, i.e. cessation of the nervous response when exposed to a trauma trigger. I can vouch for this being of considerable benefit for me right now. MDMA and LSD also have effects, although slightly different applications… LSD is known to weaken depression and addictive/compulsive behaviours, and MDMA was one of the most effective tools in psychoanalysis until it was sadly banned as a party drug. Even today MDMA is now being re-trialed for use reducing fear of death and depression in terminally ill patients. Single or intermittent use of N,N-DMT (also known as just “DMT”) is also known to be of benefit – this one, personally, completely cured fear of dying on my first go.

    3. Ibogaine. This is a psychedelic but a very unusual and interesting one. It has a number of effects on a number of receptors, with stunning and profound results. One of its uses is in drug addiction, where it is up to 20x more effective than traditional detox programs,. The OTHER use – which is intertwined with the anti-addictive effects – is in non-psychotic depressive disorders.

    Its multi-pronged action simultaneously resets opiate receptor tolerance; floods the brain with dopamine, leading to re-regulation of disturbed dopaminergic effects such as anhedonia; has profound NMDA inhibitory effect (which is a whole new area of anti-depressive research right now, and also allows you to “re-process” traumatic memories); is a stimulant (cures brain fog and lethargy); is an SSRI (cures depressive behaviours); and last but not least, it upregulates production of BDNF. BDNF is a growth factor which causes neurons to “re-sprout and repair”… think a bare tree growing new leaves. Further, taking the full “flood dose” of 25mg/kg gives you a fascinating 20 hour trip in which you have unparalleled access to all your memories (thanks, NMDA inhibition) and can literally re-visit and gain insight into any part of your life. This has been called “2 years of intensive therapy in 1 day”.

    Ibogaine can be dosed as the hallucinogenic “flood dose”, but that requires medical preparation, a minder, and is quite rough as a trip – expect nausea and ataxia. However it’s rewarding enough that many people do it once a year just for the incredible insight into one’s self that it brings.

    However the way I tend to use it is the “microdose”. This is a 50mg dose per day, in a 7 days on, 3 days off pattern. The dose is not psychedelic at this point. You don’t notice it affecting you at all, but it IS there doing its work.. and by Week 2 you will definitely notice significant improvements in many aspects . If you’re interested in learning more, I wrote an entire treatise and protocol manual on this and can share it with you.

    4. Ketamine – scientists at Yale University released some amazing data on this in 2012. Its mechanism of action is simply as a short-acting (30-45 minute) but intense NMDA inhibitor. Its effect is immediate – complete cessation of depressive and suicidal traits. And this, in people who had tried and failed to respond to conventional SSRIs! Further, one very small dose produces these effects for up to SEVEN DAYS. Part of this is that it, too, induces BDNF (Google Image search “ketamine bdnf” for a really cool image as to how this made rat axons grow back).

    5. The methylation cycle. This is also a huge area of research, and has to do with B-vitamins. It turns out that almost half of Caucasian people are partially or severely unable to produce enzymes that assist in “methylating” things. Specifically, folate is unable to be methylated to the active form 5-MHTF, and/or homocysteine cannot be converted to methionine. These errors occur via silencing of genes, specifically MFTHR and BHMT. The net effect is that over 600 different metabolic processes are affected, especially those relating to DNA synthesis, epigenetic methylation, and manufacture of dopamine, seratonin and SAMe.

    This is a little tricker to fix as you have to know your genetics. You can’t just pop a single pill – because if (like me) you have issues on MTHFR, MAO-A and BHMT, taking folic acid will lead to an excess of unmethylated folate; taking just 5-MHTF will lead to depletion of B12; taking just B12 will lead to a buildup of homocysteine, etc. You need to address ALL the weak points in the cycle. In my case this means supplementing with 5-MHTF (methylfolate), P-5-P (B6), methyl-B12, SAMe, riboflavin (B2), benfotiamine (B1), DL-phenylalanine, and trimethylglycine. Fortunately all these are pretty damn cheap.

    Failure to address ALL of these at once will cause knock-on issues that will, generally, make you feel like complete shit. But the good news is that since I’ve started this last month, my condition has been slowly but steadily improving. It turns out that many cases of treatment-resistant depression, memory issues, mood instability, and PTSD are caused or heavily influenced by methylation cycle faults. It’s definitely worth a try. To find out what genes may be at fault, get a $99 genome scan from 23andMe (good for many reasons!) and then download the raw data and feed it into GeneticGenie or Promethease.

    6. I cannot stress enough that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBS) and/or practising “mindfulness” is as critical as any drug. You MUST pay attention to this. The effects are both psychological and biological. Any and all treatment programs are not complete without this. And indeed I’ve found doing this was the key to finally starting to unwind it all…

    That’s my basic braindump on this subject 🙂 I hope it helps.

    I’ll say it again, though: DO NOT TAKE RACETAMS IF YOU ARE ANXIOUS OR SUFFER FROM DIAGNOSED OR UNDIAGNOSED NERVOUS OR MENTAL ILLNESS. I would suggest that the problems people here are noticing (erectile issues, memory issues, anxiety issues) are actually just worsening of existing illness. All of those symptoms are hallmarks of depressive and nervous conditions.

    This worsening would have been caused by the hyperarousal state induced by upregulated acetylcholine… which in turn was triggered by use or overuse of racetams. This would also neatly explain why symptoms fail to improve when the racetam is stopped – mental illnesses rarely fix themselves once triggered, for reasons I’ve begun to cover above.

    Hope this helps!

    1. Tim Williams

      Oh, and by the way: that feeling of “pressure” in the frontal lobe? Especially on the left side (usually – it may be right, depending on your condition, but is rarely symmetrical)? It’s also described as a feeling of “emptiness” or “deadness”.

      That’s your dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Remember how, in my post above, I talked about the “link” between this and the amygdala being broken? Right. That results in changed – usually lowered – activity of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC). Typically the left DLPFC is implicated in depressive and nervous disorders, and the right DLPFC is implicated in impulse control, addictive behaviors and the ability to lie.

      (Interestingly, the military is investigating using slow pulse TMS to temporarily suppress the right DLPFC, to impair the ability of interrogation subjects to lie).

      All the textbooks say that you can’t feel your own brain (which is true; there are no sensory nerves). However, as anyone who’s had pre-migraine prodrome can tell you, you most definitely CAN notice changes in your brain patterns, and even localise them. Feelings can range from “aura” to “impendingness” to “pressure” or “emptiness” – it appears the way your brain interprets it can vary.

      But the effect is clear. I have personally noted a profound “emptiness/pressure” on my left DLPFC in the worst part of my PTSD. This disappeared after treatment with rTMS, which is in line with what one would expect. I always wondered if it was just a psychosomatic feeling – since I knew about the DLPFC already – but I’ve seen enough case reports of this to feel that it is a real phenomenon.

      Again, this would be more evidence towards the conclusion that you were already suffering from an anxiety, depressive or stress-related disorder, and that you might have inadvertently made it worse by taking cholinergics such as piracetam.

      For what it’s worth, I’ve noted many people with anxiety disorders tend to seek out nootropics, cigarettes, caffeine, amphetamines, etc… all substances that are felt to make the brain “work better”. I think this is conscious or unconscious self-medication for the symptoms of existing disorder. And with amphetamines, caffeine and cigarettes, the disorders are always worsened by chronic use. It is no accident that, like piracetam, all these drugs are cholinergics…

      So statistically, one would then expect a larger proportion than normal of complaints that a cholingeric nootropic drug “caused” issues. In reality, the issue was already pre-existing – and attempts at self-medicating the symptoms led to a worsening of the actual root problem.

      That’s a pretty sound theory:

      a) we have a clear, established neurochemical cause;
      b) the theory explains the inconsistency of results seen (some love racetams, some say it ruined them);
      c) the theory explains why it’s possible to have a larger proportion of complaints with these than would be normal with non-cholinergics
      d) the theory matches the above point to known results of other cholinergics on anxiety and mood disorders;
      e) the theory completely explains the diverse array of symptoms claimed, and also why symptoms did not resolve after cessation of the drug.

      … anyone want to write a PhD on this? 🙂

      1. Hi C

        Don’t take any of the following personally. The amygdala has many parts, it’s not just one thing. The increased ability to lie is linked to being socially manipulative, group bullying of others, increased manufacturing of bias and belief in that bias, and selfishness. Decreased ability to lie is linked to being fair to others, increased neocortex, and having certain interests in topics. Lying and bullying and social pyramid is the bad part of the brain and amygdala. These viscous harpies attack others and are only showing barbaric Darwinist “survival of the fittest”. Sometimes the social harpie fittest who survive are jerks and are like “oh my gosh, we are so popular.” These people are obsolete and must realize that we should all be helping each other, not gossiping and choking each other’s neck off. Why do you love the amygdala so much? Only some parts of the amygdala are important. Some parts of the amygdala are bad and just like our ancestors have evolved bigger brains and thin skulls, people are evolving decreased ability to lie or be jerks because some parts of the amygdala inhibit humans from having consideration for one another. Propranolol can reduce trauma associated with bad memories. Social harpies and vile scum who feed off each other is not something people should be doing, then getting some sick thrill out of hurting others. If these barbarians continue to get support from the system for their vile atrocities, they will bring everything and everyone down. Neighborhoods that are rough would cause PTSD. The amygdala is too complex and people are being tricked into emotionally hurting others. Why is “the ability to lie” so important to you? It only fuels a self destructing society. We can all keep secrets, but lying is just another way of tricking others and hurting them. Lying SUCKS!!! The biggest liers of all are the government and most of law enforcement who jail people of color and especially people with mild developmental disorders just for a sick thrill. America is letting jerks and bigotry take over. Why doesn’t their president do something about it? Maybe because all the dumb juicy Wall street money. Other countries don’t have that extreme level of density or bias America has systematically kept. They spend millions of dollars for the terrorists problem after 9-11, but don’t spend a single cent to completely reform law enforcement and arrest officers who break laws and abuse power. The racist police and their accomplices need to be sent to Guantanamo. Why not go after REAL crime instead of arresting citizens for having a mental disorder.

    2. Steve

      Thanks for the thorough reply,
      1. I’ve never done rTMS. However, I do tDCS every day and I believe it helpes a bit. I don’t have an objective proof that it does though, purely anecdotal. Montages are tricky. Discovering the areas too.

      2. I”ve wanted to try LSD for some time, but it’s not easy to put my hands on it.

      3. Never heard of the stuff. While I don’t struggle with addiction, both my parents are smokers, so that may do for them.

      4.I’ve messed with NMDA receptors before, and got burnt. However they certainly do hold potential. My issue is primarily anxiety, not so much depression. Even when I do get depressed, I know how to fight back – socialize, jog, B vitamins, Rhodiola etc. Anxiety – this is the hell on Earth, this thing is a lot worse than death.

      5.This idea about methylation is incredible interesting. I remember hearing a renowned professor, who used to work with convicts about the troubles undermethylation could cause

      6. I do meditate, and I went to CBT therapist. Mindfulness might be the one of my best discoveries so far. I didn’t like my visits to the psychologists though. They were trying to convince me, that I had a childhood traumatic event or something, when the real reasons for my troubles were purely biochemical.
      But I couldn’t argue with them, this is the time in my life in which I felt totally hopeless, I was circling the drain, I’ll never forget that.

    3. Joe

      Thanks for your input

    4. Brenton

      Personally, racetams have significantly helped me with depression, and especially helped during moments of psychological crisis, as well as reducing anxiety. Just listen to your body. If you try a racetam and it makes you more anxious, then obviously you shouldn’t take it a second time. But if you’re having serious problems with depression or anxiety, it’s worth trying once, because it could save your life.

    5. Dan

      Thanks for your comment Tim. I agree, that for the most part, these negative symptoms seem to be a result of elevated acetylcholine levels. Quite a few of the negative stories involved people also taking some form of choline supplement.

      Here’s a great list of high acetylcholine levels:

      And a study that showed b12 deficiency results in low acetylcholinesterase (the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine) levels:

      Carnitine also helps restore acetylcholinesterase:

    6. Leslie

      What’s interesting is you continually took Piracetam knowing full well what it was doing to you. Also noted was that it had lingering effects for you. It does appear you’ve taken the role of armchair physician. With that said, I won’t be taking it, so bonus point here for you. Ps. There is a reason that it’s not available here, and you’ve just proved it. Best of luck in your next experiment.

  • Tim Williams

    So you cherry-picked some studies, and managed to find 67 case reports on the Internet (from people who, from their writing, mostly seem to have existing intellectual or psychological issues and/or were taking unknown quantities in combination with unknown quantities of OTHER supplements).

    This is a big ZERO for credibility, sir. I can find 67 case reports on the Internet from people who believe they saw Jesus appear to them in a cheese sandwich. It means nothing.

    The human brain has a known, strong bias towards finding patterns where there are none; I see it all the time in my work. People will blame X for causing their symptom – even though none of them did controlled tests.

    The problem with people taking nootropics and supplements is especially bad, and twofold: first, that they tend to do this to correct self-perceived or real deficits; and second, that they almost NEVER try one thing at a time. This is an enormous pitfall when drawing any conclusions from self-medicators.

    Further, “brain fog” and “headache” are two of the most commonly reported side effects for ANY drug. It’s widely considered to be “background noise” and meaningless unless the prevalence is very high. And I shouldn’t have to tell you that 67 out of the millions that take piracetam is not in any way “high”.

    Piracetam’s action on acetylcholine and related neurochemical pathways WILL exacerbate various kinds of mental disorders, especially bipolar and schizophrenic disorders. This is not debatable. However it will not cause the disorder – it must already exist. Judging from the “morgellons-ish” style of reportage I read above, with the dropped words and spelling errors commonly seen in those disorders, I feel it’s highly likely that most of these reports are from people with underlying mental health issues. Note that most people with bipolar and schizoaffective disorders are especially prone to incorrect pattern-finding, and that they are often unaware that they are “ill” – to them, even the most bizarre conclusions are very very evident and clear. This is due to failure of executive function.

    Given all this, your assertion is interesting but your evidence falls flat. Piracetam has been studied for over 40 years and is overwhelmingly found to be benign in proper doses in healthy people. Please find more convincing evidence if you wish to contest this very established science.

    1. Joe

      Where’s the evidence for beneficial effects in healthy people?

    2. Joe

      I invite you to post 5 case reports of brain fog with a supplement in my toolkit. If you do I will be very surprised (there are a few that cause brain fog but I doubt you’ll even find reports on them). Make sure you find the words brain fog.

      I look at case reports on forums all of the time and piracetam takes the cake for brain fog case reports.

  • Shawn

    So much fearmongering. At low quantities it doesn’t really harm at all and as with any supplement, the benefits /should/ be relatively subtle. I’ve been taking 200 to 400 mg over a period of weeks, and it has easily bolstered my overall cognition. Of course, I’m not a superhero, I just can program and remember better, and those things add up; but I have never experienced anything like the brain fog indicated.

    I would say it is just an unfortunate interaction with a preexisting condition with certain individuals. As for it bolstering intelligence only in average individuals, I have consistently killed every IQ test and reached full scores on the GRE and the SAT BEFORE any supplementation.

    1. Joe

      A general principal: the smarter you are the less likely/strongly any smart drug or supplement will increase intelligence.

      1. Marcus

        I think you are right. I have an exceptionally high IQ and I find that non of these nootropics do anything for me. I’ll keep looking for something to give me an edge but I have had no luck so far. I will be trying transcranial direct current stimulation next.

        1. Tim Williams

          Markus – if you already have exceptionally high IQ, why do you seek more – to the point that you’re willing to undergo the risks of TMS?

          I should not have to remind you that those in the field of TMS research (e.g. the fine researchers here at McGill) are very, very wary about using TMS or rTMS for anything but very specific symptoms of severe illness – and even so, to be admissible you must have tried and failed at least 3 kinds of medication.

          TMS and rTMS is a very powerful tool where the long term effects are little understood. Even in the short term, it can REALLY screw you up badly if you apply the wrong stimulation to the wrong area. You can easily not stimulate but suppress memory or cognitive function – and even create impulse and anxiety disorders.

          I would suggest your burning drive to achieve ultimate superiority (despite admitting already being of high IQ) is in fact a pathological behavior – a manifestation of perfectionism, perhaps based on (hidden) poor self esteem. This is very often the case for individuals who recklessly aim for self improvement (physical or otherwise) and I think you should ponder on this.

          1. Joe

            tDCS is different from TMS

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          2. Steve

            I’ve been doing tDCS for a while now on the dorsolateral PFC @ 2mA for 20 mins daily with not much results so far. Maybe I should try the angular gyrus and do math?

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      2. Hi C

        Depends on the nootropics you take. 2C-D at low doses, phenylpiracetam hydrazide, prolintane, resveratrol, Hydrafinil(fluorenol), and certain supplements helped me a lot. I was already smart, but I got smarter. Some nootropics work better on people who aren’t very smart. However, some nootropics work better when you’re already smart. I wonder when Igmesine, PWZ-029, Radequinil, Bretazenil, Propranolol, Terbequinil, and 2C-I-2-EtO would become available.

  • Steve

    Any idea how to actually fix the hypothalamus once it’s been damaged? Glandular?

    1. Joe

      See brain fog posts

      1. Uros Stojanovic

        How to repair brain damaged by Piracetam use ? Please help !!!

    2. Tim Williams

      The answer to that of course is “it depends what happened to it”.

      You can’t just blindly throw things at a problem and expect it to work. You need to know exactly what’s going on.

      Mostly a damaged brain – where “damage” is based on neuroreceptor downregulation – will fix itself within weeks once the drug causing the downregulation is removed.

      Issues such as axon damage or neural damage due to apoptosis will also tend to fix itself – albeit more slowly. In these cases things such as curcumin, ibogaine, low-dose ketamine, and other stimulators of glial growth factors and BNDF will accelerate the process.

      Actual cell death is quite hard to achieve short of physical damage, though there are drugs for this purpose (used for example to selectively kill dopaminic cells in the substantia nigra, inducing Parkinsonism in rats for testing purposes). Believe me you would know if this is the case, and it’s certainly not with piracetam. Even with physical damage many areas of the brain will attempt to rewire and “make up” for the lost cells via more neural connections etc. this takes time but it is for example why stroke sufferers regain some or all function over time.

      Epigenetic expression is another vector but this is also not likely to be the case here.

      Given that any alleged “damage” due to piracetam is not overtly detectable for the vast majority of users, the lack of correlating physical evidence over decades of research, and the lack of a credible means via which it can cause damage selectively – there is no answer. Certainly given the noted lack of toxicity as well as lack of overt loss of cells (no structural changes in scans), the only two possibilities are epigenetic action (unlikely) and acetylcholine receptor downregulation (which would correct itself over time). Oxidative stress is a term often bandied about but in general once a stressor is removed you would note improvement in function, certainly over months or years. This is why the claims of “long lasting” effects are a bit suspicious – we don’t even see that with most methamphetamine addicts and there is no doubt that piracetam isn’t even in the same ballpark as that.

      1. Steve

        Thanks for taking the effort to respond with a reasonable answer. What you say makes sense. The cause may have actually been huge oxidative stress resulting from severe anxiety. I’ve been taking zoloft at 25mg/d (which is half the minimal effective dose) with great results so far. Anxiety disappered, OCD was reduced dramatically, the so called by me “thought doubt” is gone as well. Stopping Noopept probably helped as well. Anxiety was at the root of all other problems I guess.
        Any idea on how to fix anxiety without an antidepressant? Sam-e looks promissing. Keep in mind I’ve tried a million supplements + exercise + meditation + breathing techniques and what not, Zoloft (besides Xanax – no good) is the only thing that made a real difference, even at such low dosage.
        I’m thinking about getting myself C60 fullerene lately, any experiences?


        1. Marcia


          If you’re still around, I hope you’ve stopped all sources of choline. Joe is incorrect in his initial statement above that piracetam lowers acetylcholine. It RAISES it, as Tim said above.

          THAT’S why you were having all the increased anxiety and brain fog, the muscle twitching, etc. And by taking Alpha GPC — that only makes things WORSE, not better because it’s an acetylcholine precursor!

          I hope you’re doing better by now. If not, it’s not due to any permanent damage from the piracetam, it’s due to high acetylcholine levels.

          See Dan’s post below.

    3. Hi C

      Try P21 solution! It increases neurogenesis of the hypothalamus specifically. It’s like fixing the hypothalamus.

      1. Joseph M. Cohen

        I’d like a cite for neurogenesis in the hypothalamus…Thanks.

  • Malcolm

    I beleive after taking piracetam it damaged my sexual functions, i cant get wood anymore, its been like 9 months, i need viagra and other drugs to achieve it, im 26 and before taking piracetam was a race horse, urologists tell me my levels are normal, i was examined for damage they said my genitals are ok, im so sad i feel like suicide. I couldent have sex with 5 girls because of this and lost all those relationships, i feel like ending this. if anyone can please help me or has been through this let me know, because no one seems to be there. I am about to spend the last of my savings on another urologist but im pretty sure they are just going to say take the viagra because another doctor said theres a 95 percent change that we will never know what has caused this or whats the cause.

    1. jonas

      Look into PIED and NoFap

      1. Brad

        Yea man, I second that. It’s all an exercise in bodily and sexual mindfulness. Best thing for you right now. Don’t commit suicide. You have lots of sex ahead of you in life!

        Some guys would love to have the opportunity to get turned down by 5 different girls! haha.

        So spend some time focusing on your own mental and physical health, and you will have 1000s of night of incredible sex still ahead of you.

    2. nikos

      Start eating and drinking maca powder its all natural and it will definetly help.had the same proplem but maca had eliminated it.its an energy booster too.check it out and your problem is solved.cheers

      1. StrangeMagic

        I second the maca root….

    3. davea0511

      Try macuna puriens. It addresses all of the issues you have mentioned, and I have found it very beneficial in these respects.

  • B-man

    I suffered from muscle twitches for years, due to a number of possible causes (exposure to MSG, stress, caffeine, working out, etc).

  • Marco

    Well, you took 66 bad experiences from people but what about positive effects maybe thousands of them are getting?
    I also get brain fog and the opposite effects from a nootropic like Aniracetam or Noopept, but i think it’s caused by my leaky gut and already existing brain fog. I think nootropics and racetams amplify our mood, so if we’re depressed and with leaky gut, there’s no way they can work.

  • Eddie

    Definitely appreciate your account, theories, and aggregation of negative anecdotal evidence in the form of 60+ comments from disparate sources. Definitely helpful to folks looking for a balanced view of piracetam that opposes the hype.

    However, I think it’s important for your readers to recognize the sensationalist writing style you’re utilizing. Although effective in influencing/persuading through fear, in reality a majority/all of your examples are from sources akin to message forums and bro-science theories/conclusions. You are pretty technical and somewhat thorough in framing your argument against use. Definitely helpful in the context of all the positive hype to use piracetam.

    To be more balanced on your blog, how about citing and commenting on all scientific publications on racetams, noopept, etc. There are several dozen if not nearly a hundred on pubmed, etc. My impression after reading many of these over the years is overly positive and profoundly lacking in negative side effects.

    My problem with you though is as I read your comments and replies to others below, I just can’t shake the thought that you have a bit of an agenda…

    You mention you’re writing a book on this stuff, that you have a toolkit… And… You’re overly promoting Pregnolone, Pregnolone, Pregnolone, … When you’re book is published, I will most likely pick it up just to affirm my piracetam fueled theories on your motives.

    1. Joe

      The book probably won’t even mention piracetam.

      My motive: I bought into the hype and got burned. If it works for you and the you feel the science is compelling, go for it. This piece is a counterweight to all the gushing information on it.

      There has been no half-decent clinical trials on healthy people, so the evidence for it being useful for enhancement is weak to non-existent (you’d need to test healthy people for it).

      My point is that there are risks involved and it shouldn’t be treated like vitamin C. I and a significant group of people have been unfortunate to experience similar negative effects from it.

      1. Eric Linsky

        I really appreciate this article, I had a bad experience with noopept although, full disclosure, i accidentally took 300mg instead of 30. Either way, I’m done with racetams.

  • Aron

    Also what do you think of Alpha brain and why you dont like ciltep?

    1. Selfhacked

      No and I’ll write a post about ciltep

  • Aron

    Just wondering if you have this opinion of all racetams (oxi,ani,prami,phenyl} and noopept or this is exclusively to Piracetam? I just bought some Noopept and aniracetam and your article spooked me very much.

    1. Selfhacked


  • Peter Michael

    Hey Awesome article! I’m relatively new to bio hacking, I’ve been on and off modafinil for two years with great success. I’ve recently purchased a couple months supply of the Trubrain and natural stack (ciltep) stacks. I’m going to experience the effects for myself but I was wondering if you had any input of these specific mixtures. I’ve learned as much as I could about the respective sources and both seem solid. I’m a third year engineering student so any gains or losses should be notice quickly. I’ll be sure to take note and report back.

    1. Peter Michael

      Both come with guarantees, within the first 30 days I am able to get a full refund. After considering your post, I will go into the trial period focused on negative impacts. Modafinil is my only point of reference. I found that aside from a few quarks modafinil was amazing, it was great from day one, very functional; however, it didn’t seem like something I’d want to be taking for the next few decades. My hope is one or a combination of the mentioned stacks will feel more sustainable. Anyways, I’ll comment on my experience when I have more to say. If you ever get around to a quick post on trubrain or natrual stacks ciltep I’d definitely enjoy reading it.

    2. Peter Michael

      Quick update: I’m about 10 days in. Nothing bad to report, I’ve gotta say the stacks together make me feel pretty awesome, very alert. I do notice tired spells that can come and go but they are brief and could be a combination of waiting to long between meal and my body getting use to the stacks.

      All in all I really like both stacks together

      1. Selfhacked


  • Anton K

    Would not an adenosine reuptake inhibitor like leonurine produce the same anxiolytic effects while also up-regulating BDNF to increase neuron growth, plasticity and neurogenesis? Just a thought

    1. Selfhacked

      Where do you buy leonurine?

      1. Anton K

        Leonurine is a naturally occurring compound found in several plants of the leonuris family, some are used for intoxication most notably leonotis nepetifolia while motherwort is used as a treatment for menstrual difficulties. It can be extracted effectively through use of a double solvent extraction process utilizing cold water as well as alcohol. Additionally there has been some recent research conducted in China examining its effects in reducing the size and volume of tissue damaged during ischemic stroke with potential to aid concussion recovery.

  • kieron

    Euphoria longana as effective as piracetam what do you think about this. Is it good to go

    1. Tim Williams

      I can’t help but facepalm at all these posts: “ooh piracetam is bad huh? Cool I’ll just switch to this OTHER fad thing which has no real longterm safety data! That’s GOTTA be safer, right?”

      I’m beginning to see why you all want to think better… -.-

  • lucas

    Selfhacked, what do you think it is that causes the muscle fasciculations? Can this be cured?

    I too, took piracetam for a few weeks months ago. I get random muscle fasciculations as well, but I didn’t make the connection to piracetam. They did improve quite a bit when I cut gluten out of my diet.

    1. Selfhacked

      Spasms or twitches? Pain or no pain?

    2. Steve

      Your muscle fasciculations are called cortical myoclonus. It’s a piracetam induced change in the way your cortex utilizes ACh.
      I’m living with it for 9 months now, this is not getting anywhere, get used to it.

    3. Tim Williams

      The answer to that would lie in some basic reading about acetylcholine and cholinergic receptors (nicotinic and muscarinic).

      Both these receptors control many things in the sympathetic nervous system. Notably, nicotinic receptor stimulation activates skeletal muscle. Curare (dart poison used in hunting by Amazonians) is a paralytic poison which blocks cholinergic receptors.

      If you’re increasing choline levels or otherwise activating the acetylcholine receptors… You get ONE guess what that does. Right? SKELETAL MUSCLE ACTIVATION. Shakes, tension and, yes, formation of myofascial knots due to prolonged tension and overload on skeletal muscle. This is why two signs of choline overload are stiff neck (due to muscle tension) and headaches (ditto).

      Yes, by the same token, CNS is stimulated by acetylcholine and your brain “works” better. On the other hand, reduce available acetylcholine and your brain goes fuzzy. Anticholinergics such as Benadryl are sold as powerful sleeping pills for a REASON. Other more powerful anticholinergics like scopolamine and atropine can easily kill you like this (atropine is the poison in the plant called “deadly nightshade”).

      This is NOT rocket science guys, this is very very basic cause-and-effect.

      And so: muscle tremors and tension can be expected. It’s a side effect of what you’re doing! This is why megadosing nootropics can be very uncomfortable. But in general it’s not neurotoxic. Even lethal doses of atropine will not damage your cells – you’ll be fine (once you get off life support).

      Honestly guys – what drives you to take a drug without doing the least research on how it works?! Holy crap.

  • mud

    From what I’ve read here the pro/con effects are very similar to when I started taking amphetamine to study–worked like a charm for about a month and then everything started rapidly declining. I don’t partake of anything anymore (other than coffee and cigarettes) and I’m still not as bright as I used to be be. Thought I would look into nootropics as study is starting up again… No thanks.

    1. Selfhacked

      Smart. I’d explore other cognitive enhancers.

  • John Smith

    I have taken Geratam (Czech piracetam pharmaceutical) for about a year. I can relate to much that you say, however, I find it highly speculative and not thought through well.

    You seem to be entirely ignoring that most people (and maybe yourself) are ordering ‘mystery powders’ off ebay and the internet, which are likely imported in larger quantities from unknown locations in China and other dubious places. I have started with Geratam for a few month, so I already knew the effects well, and then tried a few of those cheaper bulk powders on ebay. The result was frightening: I would get slight/moderate headaches sometimes from all of them, I would feel unwell sometimes, the positive effects I knew from Geratam were largely reduced and I could not even really identify it as the same drug.

    The reason and reality is that probably all of those powders are impure and not fit for human consumption. They are manufactured on the basis that any negative mental and long-term health impacts need to be legally proven to have occurred, for the vendor to be commercially or legally affected. And those vendors pop in and out on ebay like tourists, barely selling 2-5 years. I hope you can see what that business logic does to the quality of the product. I have read FDA supplement requirements and German import restrictions (live in Germany) and those do not protect you from critical harm to your mental health or body long-term by poor supplement quality in any way.

    So keep that in mind in each and every user reports you read about any medication or supplement. Those people have no real drug experiences, take whatever crap from the internet and then figure they get headaches, ‘holes in their head’ and whatnot side-effect because of choline deficit or whatever weird logic they adhere to.

    Having that said, *real* piracetam has had certain cognitive advantages to me. But more in a matter of getting my brain into some kind of repair modus, which is how it actually helped me and why I took it for so long. I found it rather tunes you down cognitively, than immediately improving anything. Also, it made me understand things differently, more universally. I have (had) adrenal gland pain from too much stress and piracetam would reduce the amount of stress needed to get through life, hence I got more productive. I do not really comprehend all of its (positive) effects though and won’t write a long list here.

    Anyway, the repair thing got less with time and it also affected me personality-wise in a way I don’t entirely approve of. I also believe that this relates to a better synchronization between the brain hemispheres, which was poor to begin with. But I also believe it made sense in terms of intelligence, to have both not much synchronized, in order to have abnormally complicated long abstract thoughts and achieving a non-sustainable maximum cognitive output you won’t really need in any profession or everyday situation .. but merely to gain a better grasp and understanding of the world and its inner workings. Something I would rather want to have than being socially or professionally more efficient.

    So, to sum that up, what can be said: User reports and ebay supplements are highly unreliable. Piracetam itself can do something for you in terms of cognitive abilities and issues, .. but the question is if you want it. Keep good introspective, get off and on the drug to see the changes it does and did, be intelligent and reasonable about drug use. It is neither like heroin nor is it like coffee. The logic that you can pop some pill forever that just makes you better, smarter and stronger without any thoughts and considerations to it is fucking bullshit to begin with.

    1. Selfhacked

      I tried the best brands, including nootropyl and cognitive nutrition. I find it unlikely that my symptoms were the same for bost brands and are identical to people who have tried many other brands. SORRY, BUT THE BRAND ARGUMENT IS COMPLETE BUNK, IMO. Don’t know if you’re a vendor, but it sure sounds like it.

      1. Steve

        And it’s exactly Nootropyl and Lucetam ( both pharma grade, both in tablet form, both non-chinese) that gave me brain damage. Argument is invalid.

        1. Selfhacked

          Thanks Steve for confirming. I’ve see people get negative effects from all brands. This is just a bad argument. Period.

          1. Steve

            I didn’t get negative results. I had my life changed for the worse PERMANENTLY!
            The two things that alleviate the condition temporarily are Centrophenoxine and a high dose alcohol.
            After living with it for 8 months now, I am starting to think that it permanently altered NMDA response/increased NMDA sites:


            OR altered my GABAergic system in some way.
            OR perhabs excitotoxicity (unlikely)?
            Recovery is not in sight.
            Piracetam is no vit. C as they try to put it in the mainstream.


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            Centro is simply amazing – from my early experiences with it.

            No long term qualms with it?

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          3. Steve

            Not really. I’m planning to try:
            – glutamine – to get proper activation of the new NMDA receptors.
            – memantine
            – noopept (paradoxally, I think that a different racetam might alleviate the condition)
            – Alpha GPC – in attempt to restore the balance.

            Phenibut works well when it comes to relaxation, but it doesnt help with the condition. I am puzzled.
            All of these are shots in the dark. Wish me well.


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        2. Hi C

          Sounds like a problem with rhe hypothalamus. Get away from the racetams for a while and get some P21 solution to produce neurogenesis of the hypothalamus. The reduced hypothalamus is usually the main cause of problems with racetams. P21 will fix the hypothalamus and reduce brain fog. There’s also methylene blue. NSI-189 increases the hippocampus, a different part of the brain. The occasional Hydrafinil(fluorenol), Sunifiram, and Prolintane is a good smart stack.

          1. Joseph M. Cohen

            I’d like a cite for neurogenesis in the hypothalamus…Thanks.

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    2. Manfred

      ich denke auch, dass es einen Unterschied macht, ob man das Bulk-Powder, und was es nicht alles in USA gibt, bestellt – oder wirklich gute Pharmaqualität; selbstverständlich passt Du nicht ins Muster des threads

  • John G.

    800 mg of Oxiracetam and 500 mg of Centrophenoxine (a choline source) have me feeling very awake – my reading comprehension has improved noticeably. And, I have tried a lot of supplements in my time, including modafinil.

    I read this blog several months ago and you convinced me to start eating lentils. I now eat about half a cup of green lentils with mushrooms as a meat substitute and fresh spinach every day for lunch.

    Great blog. You’re a smart guy. But, everyone has different body chemistry, too. Everyone’s experience is different based off where they get their source from as well as other factors going on in their life, when they took it ,what they took it with, etc. Within our own experiences, with the same supplements, we even get different results.

    1. Selfhacked

      Agreed. Have you tried centro without oxi?

      1. John G.

        Yes – I couldn’t possibly ascertain the effects without doing so. I generally only take oxi before an intense study session – or when I need to be dialed in. I know where you’re going with this – centro is a great supplement by itself. In fact, I don’t really need the oxi – I’ve just had such great study sessions with it, that I don’t feel I should stop.

        If I felt brain fog – I would stop immediately.

        Keep up the great work on this blog. You should definitely add ads. You could potentially make a lot of money. Then you could write more – as you say.

  • S.Senthil Kumar

    Hi , I have been taking piracetam for nearly 7 month with a dosage of 1200 mg /day for 4 months and 2400 mg/day for the last 3 months. Here are my observations.

    1. I could experience relaxed state of mind.
    2. Yes, i do experience slight headache sometimes
    3. Memory increased to some extent
    4. I could experience weight gain.
    5. First I also felt that my reading speed is reduced, I will read the paragraph 2 times to understand but it was in my first month after that reading speed become normal, now it is fast.
    6. I am not sure whether my IQ has been increased, but I am sure it has not decreased. I am a person with average IQ.
    7. I am a software programmer and I feel that my creativity has increased.
    8. After reading pill scout message I tried taking 4.8 grams per dosage for a week, yes I felt that my performance was good but my weight got increased fast during that week, I felt more hunger, eating more I feared that taking such high quantity may cause some other problem and reduced again to my usual dosage.

    I feel that the effect differs from person to person and i am in plan to continue with it. I will frequently write my observations so that it may be useful to someone.


    1. Selfhacked

      “I feel that the effect differs from person to person and i am in plan to continue with it. I will frequently write my observations so that it may be useful to someone.”
      I agree

  • Iby

    I would just like to say thanks to “Selfhacked”…I just received 500mg Piracetam and a few other smart drugs. Its all new to me and I thought I would try them. Now I don’t think I will. I figure my mind is worth too much to play with it, and risk any damage. I have been taking ALCAR, multivitamin and B complex, along with Q10 and I must say that after a few months with just those supplements I have had great success with energy levels and memory improvement. I’ll just stick with those for now, along with eating healthy and exercise… I would like to put a plug in for Q10 which I have found to be quite an amazing supplement…
    Thanks for your input guy’s…

  • Jacob

    How safe is Pregnonolone and what’s maximum dose you can take? Does it cause cancer? I am taking 5mg sublingual Pregnolone. Is the 5m sublingual more potent than 100mg regular Pregnolone capsules? That being said Pregnenolone is the only thing that works for me for the piracetam induced brain fog and memory problems. I don’t know how long it will last but I feel like getting better and effects seem permanent. Physically I had muscle weakness, zero motivation, no endorphin rush or feeling good from cardio/exercise and depression. Are these symptoms of oxidative stress? My dental health has only gotten worse since this started. I I have tried Glutamic acid, Glutamine, Coffee, Adderall, ALCAR, L-Tyrosine, Choline Bitartate (no effect at all), CDP Choline (helped kind of but too expensive), Buspar, Lexapro. I am going to see a Endocrinologist soon. Thank you for the information

    1. Selfhacked

      I’m glad to hear my recommendation worked for you. Fixing piracetam induced damage isn’t something that you’ll find in a physicians desk reference, if you know what I mean. It’s pretty safe at 5mg. It’s the dosage I take daily.

      1. Hi C

        P21 solution can help fix piracetam damage. The location of the most of the damage is usually located in the hypothalamus. Inducing neurogenesis with P21 solution should help. Propranolol may help with the anxiety part. NSI-189 might help as well, though it causes neurogenesis in the hippocampus, not the hypothalamus. Prolintane, Hydrafinil(fluorenol), and Sunifiram helps more than piracetam for cognition. If you’re looking for pre workout fuel, you could try DMAA(geranamine), and protein and creatine. Also, stay hydrated and drink water if you get thirsty. It’s not just about brain fitness. Physical fitness counts too.

  • kieron

    Would Minoxidil effect my brain in a bad way it helps my hair

  • ffc

    Selfhacked, a discussion provoking article you have written here! Excellent job!

    However, even though 64 hits on the Internet is a significant thing, but how does it compare to the peer-reviewed studies listed, say, in the wiki page? Are all of them flawed?

    I would also appreciate if somebody without a history of depression etc. posted a diary of piracetam effects.


    1. Selfhacked

      There are no quality peer reviewed, placebo controlled trials in young and healthy adults. The one study that is out there is useless. If you can show me studies on healthy people I’d appreciate it.

  • kieron

    What do you mean ten days or ten different times trying it thanks, hens this book coming out thanks,

    1. Selfhacked

      Will be a while

  • Kieron

    how long did you take it for self hacked, because a study says this, No effects were observed after 7 days but after 14 days verbal learning had significantly increased.

    1. Selfhacked

      I must’ve tried 10 times or so.

  • lance

    I havnt had any issues with piracetam although I only take it in short spurts in an attack dosage. My stack is pretty basic, piracetam, choline, omega 3, B-complex works well for me. Remember too the body builds up a tolerance to drugs after a while and things wont be as affective as when first taken and you might even develop adverse effects. Best I found for brain health is just plain ol good diet and exercise and use a good stack that works for you every other week or so, not every day.

  • Oldman

    I havé been taking daily doses of Piracetam for 18 months now at a level of 3x1200mg per day.
    I started following a spell of Tinitus which has subsided since.My first 6 months were very positive ,the next 6 were good ,but the last 6 months have shown a marked slow down in energy levels and a terrible desire to sleep long hours .i am emotionally detached, creative and hard working in bursts,but loath to put it down to Piracetam for the moment. I take a bit of Ginko every day but do not touch anything else.
    I am 68,and have a full active working life.
    I feel however that I may reduce my consumption of Piracetam after having read your blog to see what occurs.
    I live in Belgium where Piracetam was born ,and is used in a wide variety of conditions by GP’s and geriatric practitioners, ( and has been for 30 years) .However it remains a confidential drug ,even though it is sold over the counter ,just like aspirin .
    My own experience is of enjoying the loss of alcohol impact ( I drink wine at lunch and dinner 1-2 glasses of wine every day), but the most evident downside is a marked tendency to spelling errors in mails which has occurred since around 12 months .
    I am in good health and have always had a very good and varied diet.
    My parents died at 90 plus ,and I have no mental or congenitive disorders to speak of which affect me.
    I am probably atypical of most of the writers on this blog ,but I will keep you informed of my auto-observations ,as I will reduce my consumption slowly and observe .

    1. Selfhacked

      Thank you. Spelling issues seems to be somewhat common with piracetam, which is quite curious.

  • Kieron

    would LLLT cure brain damage from drugs any drug as well a the rasatam family, or just a realy healthy diet. thanks

  • Gana BJ

    What were those substances that are better than piracetam with less dramatic drawbacks? I’m looking for something that’ll give me energy and mental energy that supposedly piracetam gives you. Also does anyone know if sublingual b12 actually works for energy?

    1. Selfhacked

      Forget b12. Use PQQ.

      1. Gana BJ

        Aight is that the best for mental energy and clarity? I know you have a lot of experience in substances so whats the best substance or things for me to do that you recommend?

        1. Steve

          While PQQ is great for energy, B12 is not useless either. At least I get a mini boost from it, plus it’s a methylating agent.

          1. Gana BJ

            Thanks man

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  • Steve

    I am still (7 months post) having huge problems due to piracetam. It’s pretty clear that this is perma brain damage now. You can check out my case over here:

    I went to several psychiatrists and while they’ve heard of piracetam, they don’t know what to do, so they throw Zoloft @ me. I am sort of alone in this hole.

    1. Selfhacked

      Wow, thanks for your feedback.

      People think that because piracetam is so called “non-toxic”, it means it’s safe. That is a fallacy. Something could be non toxic and still dangerous.

      1. Steve

        I took it for exactly 3 months before crashing HARD. Taking piracetam is easily the worst decision I’ve ever made in my life. It’s worth mentioning that I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression before that, so maybe I was messed up to begin with.
        The racetam made it ALOT worse. I do feel better now, but I still haven’t recovered. One thing that cleared my head was Centrophenoxine, which leads me to believe that my cholingergic/gabaergic system is out of whack. I consider investing in Alpha-GPC, which gets pricey though. I am alone in this hole and nobody knows how to help me.
        Any ideas would be appreciated.


        1. Selfhacked

          Try pregnenolone. I’d be curious to see if that helps you.

          1. Steve

            I tried it in the 50-300 mg range many times and it either did nothing for me, or it made me VERY depressed and moody. Very bad for me.
            Any other ideas are VERY welcome from you.

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  • kieron

    sorry wrong section

  • Kieron

    So omega 3 can be taking every day as part of the basics, but what about super foods that help the brain I assume they don’t need to be cycled such as caco, wheat grass, chroella, sprillia, barley grass, if all the posions are gone then my brain will work at full natural power, iam on noopept and arimactam, am also deslexic, or just lazy lol , I think you are right about the smarter with out the drugs, maby my natural intel is first class and the drugs make it second class some how in a werid kind of way, I geuss the body prefers the earths own made subtances better harmony in the body and mind

  • Kieron

    surly you don’t have to cycle colostrum and omega 3 or any food type brain/heath booster as they are foods?

    1. Selfhacked

      I would cycle colostrum

  • Kieron

    What about an indirect smart herb such as an adapogen which effects tend to increase over time, how could that make you dummer if it can basicly strengthen the body and mind over time, what if I take herbs to help me sleep at night, sleep is vital for the brain I realy need them, valerian exc could herbs used to help normal functioning, by the way iam not a evil person for the most part and I just want to get as smart as I can so that I could ulitimately help the world and others as bestr as I can and not spell like that guy from flowers for Algernon,

    1. Selfhacked

      I’ve experimented with all adaptogens. I’ve found they hamper performance when used for intense study. Every adaptogen works a bit differently, but they need to be used properly. It took me approixmately 4 years to really understand how to use adaptogens.

  • Kieron

    do you use any smart drugs on a regular basis anymore, would they realy dumb down a person whos already smart, would all the rasatams and noopept have bad effect on iq just like Piracetam, should you just stick to non drug brain boosters as drugs have a direct effect on the body where as herb for example would work within the bodys own natural limits,? natural wins?sleep diet exercise, non drug supplements, superfoods.

    1. Selfhacked

      I don’t use smart drugs any more. I use “smart supplements” sparingly. Every supplement has a narrow window for when it should be used. Knowing when and how to use them is crucially important or else they can make you dumber. This is especially true for drugs. I can’t recommend what the best approach for you is without knowing lots of background info.

      1. kieron

        when you say sparingly and window of op, is that to say u shouldn’t take any natural sup for to long so cycle?, I didn’t know natural stuff can make you dummer as well interesting my spelling is like flowers for Algernon

        1. Selfhacked

          Not that natural stuff can make you “dumber” per se, but for example, most natural supps aren’t conducive to studying intensely for an exam or for increasing what I would term aggregate intelligence. There’s usually one aspect of cognition that goes up and something else that goes down. This is for young and healthy people, however….

  • John

    I ended up here after reading this article from a few days ago on the BBC:
    “Would you take smart drugs to perform better at work?”

    This is fascinating. These are the *exact* symptoms I experienced while taking Adderall, minus muscle twitches.

    What has really stuck with me is experiencing what you talk about in the last two sentences.

    “I smell a conspiracy. I’m rational, intelligent, and my brain is my important asset. I attempted to use Piracetam and experienced *headaches*, muscle twitches, *brain fog* (mental tiredness), *decreased organizational abilities*, *anti-social tendencies*, *confusion*, *short term memory deficits*, and an *increase demand for glucose*, among other after effects. However, while on the nootropic I did experience *inhibited my fear* therefore allowing me to *sound intelligent* while *making mistakes on the actual content* I attempted to express. *Spelling errors* were common (dyslexia-like symptoms) and *emotional detachment*.”

    Did you sleep less when you were taking it? I certainly have with Adderall, even later when trying to get sleep with Ambien.

    Now I’m just hoping the dopamine production ability of my brain isn’t going to be affected long term.

    Huge mistake for me. I started and sold two internet companies before taking any medications or supplements. Now I am struggling as my brain “resets” (hopefully).

    1. Selfhacked

      I don’t think the effects are lasting. Time is the best healer.

  • DoomSword


    I’m 35 and consider myself a quite intelligent person (135-140 in iq tests, not that it says much but anyway…), the kind to get best results out of minimum effort. However, I have always suffered from what I’d say is a mild ADD. Difficulty to read through long texts, easily distracted/daydreamer, not able to focus easily, as if something’s “jamming the frequency” of sorts, terrible and very selective memory, etc. Anyway, so for a long time I contemplated finding a way to improve on these matters as they are had always been affecting my performance in school, college and work…

    So I initially started looking for solutions like Ritalin, Aderall, etc but quickly dismissed them as from what I read up they act more like anabolics and less than enhancers, plus they need prescription. Then I found out about nootropics and the whole bio-hacking sub-culture that didn’t even know exists! i read up a few days about the various substances and decided to give aniracetam a chance, as I can find it by proper pharmaceutical manufacturer in local pharmacies and they sell it without prescription (I bought a pack of Referan, pills of 750mg each).

    I popped the first pill about 3 hours ago, just after lunch… but sadly I didn’t notice any positive response at all. Just some mild drowsiness and a mild sense of constriction at the rear of my head. Nothing major or worrisome, but still a far cry from what I’ve been reading left and right about aniracetam… (at least no brain fog! :P) All the while I did some further research about proper dosage and stumbled here. I must say your site and the various testimonials has given me a good scare…

    now I’m torn… the pack I got has got doses for a month (60 pills: 2 pills/day of 750mg each). Should I keep popping 2 pills / day just to see where it leads? or give up? Your testimonials here are mostly about piracetam, but I gather aniracetam isn’t drastically different in dangers… I certainly have no desire to risk permanently my cognitive performance, which I value a lot, but would like to get an improvement on the areas I described above. So any ideas would be welcome!

    1. Selfhacked

      I’d suggest you stay away from all racetams. You experimented with it and it didn’t work. Move on to other experiments.

      1. Doomsword


        yep, I’m giving it up after today. Been taking it for 4 days, didn’t notice any particular difference, other than a hotness in my head, possibly from raised BP or something.

        I don’t know if I should try my luck with other chemicals like Noopept or Modafinil, or maybe give the Bulletproof guy’s stuff a chance (Alpha Brain or whatever he calls it), or just give up with the whole chemical improvement. I really wish to be able to have more focus and better memory, but how should I go about it?

        Thanks for responding btw.

        1. Selfhacked

          PQQ, LLLT and Kombucha are my top 3 enhancers. Forget noopept. Moda works for some, but more people then not have side effects. I will be starting to write a book soon on the best ways to improve performance.

          1. Doomsword

            i have no idea what is PQQ and LLLT, will look into it here. Tried the Kombucha tea last year, I brewed a couple of successful batches. Didn’t see any immediate effect, but I know this needs its time, to build tolerance etc. However, lack of time and a couple of botched batches put me off and didn’t bother to continue with it… plus my wife was freaking out with that huge fungus kept in a jar in the kitchen hahahaha

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        2. Hi C

          Hydrafinil(fluorenol) is better than modafinil. Hydrafinil has far fewer side effects than modafinil. Hydrafinil also stacks well with prolintane, phenylpiracetam hydrazide, and choline. Modafinil and adrafinil SUCKS! Hydrafinil is a smoother, less anxious eugeroic. Hydrafinil is a stronger eugeroic than modafinil. Some people taken Hydrafinil every four hours just to stay up for 40 hours. In the 35th hour, they functioned quite well and no anxiety just like a well rested person, but when it wears off, the reality of 36 hour sleep deprivation kicks in and they feel the sleep deprivation effects. Then after some more Hydrafinil, they stayed up the final four hours and after 40 hours no sleep, they sleep super long. Hydrafinil(fluorenol) can be used in the morning to replace coffee. Hydrafinil can be used at 2 in the afternoon and then you can easily go to sleep at night(unless you take more hydrafinil right before bed). Modafinil has more side effects and also has the problem of lasting 20 hours and even though you can’t sleep, you feel sleepy on modafinil at night. It sucks to feel sleepy and pain in the eyes on modafinil and yet can’t sleep. Hydrafinil is you are SOLID awake for four hours and feel refreshed.

  • Jim

    i took piracetam and now i have aids
    piracetam gives you aids

    1. Martin Pierce

      I took piracetam and got rabies, and Alzheimers.

    2. iuehgiwgo

      Piracetam is the safest thing on earth

  • Brenton

    I have had occasions of worse brain fog and discomfort with piracetam, though they’ve always been within the first few hours of taking it. Low dose seems to work a lot better for me, at least at first. (I had a period of months in the past where I was taking grams a day, (with choline) but maybe my tolerance built up a bit first) Generally I feel a tad uncomfortable and irritable for the first few hours, but then it calms down and I feel a significant benefit. 20-50 hours after ingestion is when I feel a good benefit… it’s somewhat subtle yet very significant for me at times. This might seem placebo, but so many times over the years I’ve somewhat forgotten I took piracetam, wondered why I was – intense dreams, or talking very fluidly for example – then remembering “ohh I took piracetam”


      I do think it’s possible it helped you. Notice that i said most people would do better without. I wouldn’t recommend it for people with bf simply because there are so many other options that work much better and don’t have the risks

    2. Phillip

      Piracetam (1600mg-3200mg/day)has worked in my life as a sort of creativity drug. I have seen what I believe to be positive effects of piracetam in the dream and imagination domains of my life. I find that many of the more complex problems in my life get worked out in dreams, and I am certain these dreams occur more often when I’ve taken piracetam within a day or two of the dream. Sadly, I haven’t kept logs of piracetam use and when the dreams occur; perhaps I should. The other area of my life in which I see results is in mundane and practical imaginative functions. When I imagine interacting with others I feel a stronger “presence” in the imagined interaction if I have recently taken piracetam. I tend to feel that the imagined interaction is a more accurate representation of how things would play out than I do when not taking it. I’d say that in this specific area that piracetam increases my confidence, which carries over into the real-life interaction.

      Heck, for all I know, piracetam’s relationship to my imaginative functioning is spurious, misattributed, or a placebo effect (which is still an effect). Many people think of smart drugs as a means of clarifying or speeding up thoughts, accomplishing more in a shorter time, or any number of superhuman things that piracetam can’t do. Among those with these types of expectations, most would be very disappointed in piracetam. One thing is certain: piracetam is not an amphetamine.

      Reading of other side effects people have experienced is somewhat troubling. I have had no ill effects from piracetam that I am aware of, but will be wary of any unwanted developments in my cognitive state as I continue my relationship with the drug.

      1. Selfhacked

        Interesting. It doesn’t seem in your case the benefits would outweigh the long term risks, IMO. I would experiment with other substances if I were you. Look at my toolkit for direction. I will soon start writing a book about how to increase intelligence, performance, health and well being, which will incorporate hundreds of “hacks”

  • Michael

    Just writing to thank you for posting your detailed account of your experience with piracetam / aniracetam / oxiracetam. It’s not for everyone.

  • Dundir

    Very interesting article. Unfortunately, many of the symptoms you mentioned can be caused by any nber of things. I had almost the exact same symptoms before they found out about my mercury poisoning several years ago. I don’t know much about piracetam since I haven’t taken it yet but I do wonder if perhaps the negative effects could secondary to piracetam. Its worth considering that it could be caused by mobilization of toxins already present, increased susceptibility to toxins, or maybe a tainted batch (acute poisoning). Many common items like silver fillings (50% by weight mercury) can get overlooked as toxic sources and most people limit their perspective to direct causal links when a lot of problems end up being interactions between primary triggering events and secondary states which are usually hidden.


      Even if it does mobilize toxins that’s not good. Tainted batch isn’t the issue since I tried a few different brands and these side effects are common.

  • Tz

    Great article! So many positive and negwtive repots thst I am torn between whether or not to try piracitem or not. My reason for wanting to try piracitem is because or the last few years I have suffered from severe brain fog and memory loss, however with enough effort I have have been able to excel in all of my classes.

    I am entering Engineering next fall, and before I do I will have have to determine whether or not I’ll roll the dice.


      Don’t take it if you have BF

      1. Brenton

        I’ve had awful problems with brain fog because of chronic orthostatic intolerance (dysautonomia) and other neurological issues. Of drug solutions, piracetam is the one that has helped me, and has helped me a great deal at times. I wouldn’t be surprised if it has helped prevent and/or repair some of the brain damage that I have accumulated over the years. IMO anyone with brain fog should TRY IT and see how it makes YOU feel.

  • conzed92

    Very interesting post. You stated in your post that you have since then gone of piracetam and I would like to ask you a couple of questions in relation to this:

    1. What have you since then done to recover?

    2. Have you stopped any other supplementation? I would expect that you have a ”stack” of different supplements that you take, so was piracetam just cut and you continued to take everything else? (Omega-3, vitamin D etc).

    Really great post, I will keep an eye on your blog and come back for more.


      Thanks. I only stopped piracetam and the effects went away after a day.

  • John Stankoff

    I’ve always wanted to try out Piracetam for cognitive purposes and I finally managed to find myself a tub of it during my stay in the US. I’ve taken just a couple of doses /4grams each/ and so far I’ve experienced some anxiolytic effects, I feel much more comfortable being in a social environment and communicating with people is way easier and even pleasant to me. However, yesterday I had a mixture of spelling errors which kinda made an impression to me. Will increase the dosage to a solid 5 grams every day or eod divided into two dosages of 2.5 grams each until I finish the bottle. I also train 3-5 times a week, mostly weightlifting and cardio exercises, my diet consists of eggs /choline source/, beans, cottage cheese, yoghurt, oats, fruits and veggies. On a side note, I’m really keen on supplements – I take liver/prostate support due to being on TRT to life, antioxidants, aromatase inhibitors, bunch of other stuff as well

    P. S. I congratulate you for creating a blog like this one, its very informational and constructive. I found it while researching Piracetam and I will definitely bookmark it for future reading. Greetings!


      Thanks….Piracetam works as an anxiolytic, but there’s a cost…

    2. Hi C

      Prolintane, Hydrafinil(fluorenol), and phenylpiracetam can help too. Don’t use nootropics all the time. Cycle them. I think the only racetam that can be used daily is nefiracetam and maybe coluracetam.

  • conspiracy

    I smell a conspiracy. I’m rational, intelligent, and my brain is my important asset. I attempted to use Piracetam and experienced headaches, muscle twitches, brain fog (mental tiredness), decreased organizational abilities, anti-social tendencies, confusion, short term memory deficits, and an increase demand for glucose, among other after effects. However, while on the nootropic I did experience inhibited my fear therefore allowing me to sound intelligent while making mistakes on the actual content I attempted to express. Spelling errors were common (dyslexia-like symptoms) and emotional detachment.


      Sounds like what I experienced…..

    2. Just Reality

      No need for it to be a conspiracy. With all psychoactives there’s a significant spectrum of effects. It didn’t work for you and you’re not the only one. But it did work for me, and, similarly, I’m not the only one.

      When dealing in the world of noots you must simply find what works for your own brain & body. That’s why most people who stay interested tend to develop their own custom ‘stack’ of noots over time, as they learn more about their brain and figure out which chemicals work best for them.

      PS ~ I’m always amazed to see anyone report anxiolytic effects from Pira. For me and many others it increases anxiety, especially in the beginning. But it just goes to show how incredibly different our responses can be!


    Several people on reddit interpreted what I said to mean that highly intelligent people can’t possibly benefit from piracetam.
    Here’s my response:
    I never said anywhere in the article that smart or brilliant people can’t get smarter from taking piracetam. All I said was that highly intelligent people have more to lose than gain. The brain works well when it has the right balance. Highly intelligent people usually have a good balance in most parameters, which means that these people are more likely to tip the balance and worsen their cognition. For example, studies done with amphetamines, cholinesterase inhibitors and I believe dopaminergics that people on the low end increased certain parameters of cognition and people on the high end decreased in those same parameters. So most highly intelligent people probably have a somewhat well functioning cholinergic system. Taking more cholinergics at a certain point will make them perform worse. To a lower functioning person, cholinergics will be more beneficial and the dose response curves are different. This doesn’t mean that no highly intelligent people can benefit from cholinergics. Many can. Every body is intelligent in different ways and even highly intelligent people can use a boost to their cholinergic system sometimes. In addition, usually there’s a drawback to every substance, so even if some drug benefits cognition in one way it can worsen it in another. It’s very hard to detect small changes in one area or another. Again, my point is that people on the high end have more to lose than gain and people on the low end have more to gain. THEREFORE, I AM NOT SAYING THAT I AM BRILLIANT AND ANYONE WHO BENEFITS FROM PIRACETAM IS STUPID.

    1. Hi C

      The biggest mistake most people make is to get stuck focusing ONLY on cholinergic pathways to cognitive enhancement. There are several other neuroreceptors that can boost cognition. There’s hypothalamus neurogenesis, eugeroics, some stimulants, increasing sunlight exposure to boost cognition, mild 5HT2a activation, studying, hippocampus neurogenesis, memory enhancement and increasing problem solving skills, anxiolytics, antioxidants, ect. There’s just so much more to the brain than just choline. Certain nootropics work better when you’re already smart. Most people haven’t heard of the new neuroreceptors or new nootropics. They get stuck on one part of the brain instead of spending hours a day studying receptors, research, nootropics, ect. In other words, smart people need to find other ways to cognitive enhancements besides choline. Nootropics isn’t just la di da di da, let me take cholinergics forever. No! Cognitive enhancement is a science, an experiment, and an art. It must be rigorously studies from all angles(including microdosing psychedelics). I was already smart, but grew my intelligence exponentially. Exponential learning can be possible. Cognitive enhancement is not just about getting smarter. It’s about continuously learning other ways to get smarter. It’s about spending hours and hours studying about it. It’s about the brain training. The excercise. The newest discovered receptors and newest cognitive enhancers. It’s also about expanding consciousness. There’s so many ways besides cholinergics to enhance cognition and even cause long term potentiation, it’s not even funny. You have likely evolved past racetams. Time for level 2.
      I’m probably on level 50, but cognition is infinite. There are more receptors than all the stars in the galaxy. The brain can be boosted towards infinity across generations. The first step is moving beyond the mere, mortal, puny racetam mentality. The funniest thing is most people never heard of phenylpiracetam hydrazide, Radequinil, Igmesine, Hydrafinil(fluorenol), or prolintane.
      The quest may seem infinite, but it requires an evolution in the way we think in order to get closer to the intellectual singularity. We can’t get past level 2 by using the same kind of thinking we used when we passed level 1.

  • Anonymous

    Took just one box of piracetam, like 8 months ago. At first didn’t felt nothing so no reason to continue. After 6 months started to have fasciculations on my left arm, then on the following month, random muscle twitches on the whole body. And I still have them, random times, everyday. And there’s a sort of increased brain weight sensation on my forehead, hugely annoying. I’m really worried that this wont go away 😐

  • John

    I take piracetam but only 2g before study sessions, I do not take any choline because it is in the diet. My diet is optimal in terms of nutrtion, 4-5 servings of herrings per week, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, cheese, my exercise includes 40 minutes of running 3-4 days a week. I can’t find any sympathy with your symptoms.

    1. John

      probably limitied to sweet potato and banana

  • Pill Scout

    Piracetam has done wonders for me. I’ve never noticed the negative effects reported here. I take it in addition to other things, and live with a healthy, low-carb, high-fat diet with much intermittent fasting and I believe this puts my mind in a chronic optimal state. I avoid neurotoxins like monosodium glutamate and simple carbohydrates that cause me fatigue during the day.

    As for studies, yes, they’re very mixed. There’s so much contradictory information and positive and negative reports on piracetam use that it’s hard to recommend it to anyone who hasn’t found the benefit of it for themselves. Not to mention the dubious nature of certain sellers online.

    The individuals who give many of the negative reports seem to live less than optimally, and take strange dosages.

    For me, I take the 4.8g dosage just when I need an extra kick to my stack for the day. I did a write-up on it here:

    Subjectively this dosage is the most powerful for me, and has the most noticeable effects. Combined with caffeine it seems to be great for focused work. With theanine and less caffeine it seems to facilitate learning.

    Beta waves are good for concentrated, higher thinking but aren’t meant for sustained bouts of thought. Alpha is optimal for intuitive and creative thinking, formulating new ideas and learning as they bridge the gap between lobes.

    I’m curious about the adrenal strain purportedly caused by piracetam which you mention here. Is this a verified effect?

    Anyway, I look forward to your future post about mitigating piracetam’s potential negative effects, I want to see if your recommendations are congruent with what I’ve been doing all along.


      Verified? No. But a plausible theory with some science behind it, as well as my observations and personal experiences.

      1. Evan Pham


        Thanks so much for taking time to put this all together. I just went on a web surfing spree for the past 3 hours researching this stuff. I’m thankful that i came across your blog.

        Question: what are the better options out there for cognitive enhancements?


        1. jmcohen87

          Anything I talk about is way more effective. Take for example PQQ, LLLT, Gynostemma, Kombucha, Tea and many others….


  • Theophilus

    Piracetam has no effect on my intelligence or perception. I did experience some brain fog the first time I took it. The benefit for me is that it almost completely eliminates anticipatory anxiety ahead of meetings, parties and so on, which is a big deal to someone with deep-seated and hardwired social anxiety. I now take 1,6 grams of Nootropil ahead of social events. It helps me relax before the event starts, makes me more sociable during the event, and eliminates the crash of exhaustion I used to experience about two hours into any intense social interaction.
    It also makes me talk easier. For me, Piracetam/Nootropil is a fine anxiolytic, but I assume that puts me in a tiny minority.


      Piracetam works well as an anxiolytic

      1. Theophilus

        OK, thanks. I’ll look into it.

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