What is Piracetam?

Piracetam is a synthetic compound and a nootropic, or cognitive enhancer, that is known for its ability to improve memory, focus, and overall cognitive function. It was first synthesized in 1964 and is considered the prototype of the racetam family of nootropics.

Where does Piracetam come from?

Piracetam was first developed by Romanian psychologist and chemist Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea at UCB Pharma in Belgium. It is a derivative of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), although its mechanism of action differs from that of GABA.

What are the effects of Piracetam?


  • Enhances memory and learning abilities
  • Improves focus and attention
  • Increases mental clarity
  • Boosts cognitive processing speed


  • Improves blood flow in the brain
  • Protects the brain against hypoxia (oxygen deficiency)
  • Potentially reduces symptoms of dyslexia and other cognitive disorders

How to use Piracetam?

Piracetam is available in various forms, including capsules, tablets, and powder. It is typically taken orally, with or without food. The optimal dosage and duration of use may vary depending on individual factors such as age, weight, and desired effects.

How much Piracetam to use?

When trying out new supplements it is wise to start with a lower dose and–depending on the experienced effects–increase or decrease the dosage accordingly

  • Mild dosage: 800 mg
  • Medium dosage: 1600 mg
  • Strong dosage: 2400 mg

It is generally recommended to start with a lower dosage and gradually increase it as needed. Consult your healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen.

What are the side effects of Piracetam?

Piracetam is generally considered safe and well-tolerated. However, some users may experience side effects such as:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety

If side effects persist or worsen, discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.

Interactions of Piracetam

Most nootropics are relatively safe to use on their own. Combining them with other substances may cause them to suddenly become dangerous or life-threatening.

Piracetam may interact with other medications, such as anticoagulants, antiplatelet agents, and cholinergic drugs. Consult your healthcare provider before combining Piracetam with other medications or supplements.

Other namesNootropil, Breinox, Lucetam
EffectsMemory, Focus