Phenylpiracetam is the most potent nootropic in the whole racetam family. It is also known as Phenotropil and is about 60 times stronger than Piracetam (the original racetam and its predecessor). This means that smaller dosages are needed for the cognition enhancing effects (see below).
Finding this supplement may prove to be a bit more difficult than other, more mainstream racetams. It is not as well known as Aniracetam, Oxiracetam or Pramiracetam. While these are available at most online nootropic stores, not all of them sell Phenylpiracetam.
What is Phenylpiracetam?
Phenylpiracetam ((RS)-2-(2-OXO-4-phenylpyrrolidin-1-y1) acetamide) has now been around for more than 30 years. It was developed in the Soviet Russia, where it is also known as Phenotropil or Fenotropil. Phenylpiracetam was synthesised from the original Piracetam and therefore shares a very similar chemical structure. The main difference between the two nootropics is the additional phenyl molecule in the Phenylpiracetam’s structure. This additional phenyl group helps to absorb it more quickly.
Phenylpiracetam is a cognition-enhancing agent with neuroprotective effects but also psychostimulatory properties. Phenylpiracetam improves cognitive function demonstrated by enhanced attentional abilities, storage and retrieval of information and improved learning capacity.
Evidence for its neuroprotective properties comes from a number of clinical trials demonstrating the reduced rate of a cognitive decline. Reduced levels of anxiety and depression are also reported following Phenylpiracetam usage.
Despite the above mentioned cognitive and neuroprotective benefits, Phenylpiracetam has only recently started to attract more attention from nootropic fans. It seems that regular nootropic users find Piracetam sufficient, and thus do not feel the need to look for stronger substances.
However, as the nootropic community grew, more experienced users started looking for the best cognition enhancer available. Phenylpiracetam has twice the potency of Pramiracetam, a nootropic that held the strongest racetam title before Phenylpiracetam became available. The popularity and demand for Phenylpiracetam has drastically increased over the past few years.
Effects of Phenylpiracetam:
Phenylpiracetam is widely praised by its users. It is that effective that they starting call it the only ‘Professional Grade Focus Enhancer’.
“Phenylpiracetam is absolutely perfect for those who need to concentrate and motivate themselves to work or study for long periods of time.”
For example, a student revising for an exam or a businessman preparing an important business presentation under a tight deadline.
Not only it boosts the activity of acetylcholine and glutamate, but it also affects the levels of dopamine and noradrenaline. Its unique mechanisms of action result in a mind and body stimulation. Other benefits of Phenylpiracetam include improved memory, higher learning capacity, better mood and increased wakefulness.
Phenylpiracetam has an effect on various physical abilities, such as coordination, reaction time, as well as sensitivity to fatigue and pain. You may have heard the news about a Russian athlete, testing positive for Phenylpiracetam back in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Because of Phenylpiracetam’s psychostimulatory effects it is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances as a non-specified stimulant.
The recommended daily dosage is between 200 and 600 mg. Therefore, acute dose of 100-200 mg taken 2-3 times per day is advisable. Because there is a lack of long-term human studies, the recommended dosages should not be exceeded. As it is a very powerful nootropic you should start with lower dosages and observe the effects before taking larger dosages.
Phenylpiracetam, compared to other racetams, seems to work for much longer duration, so single dosage may be sufficient for you. Always give at least 30 minutes for the effects to build up. Thus, timing and dosage of Phenylpiracetam is very much dependent on a person.
Phenylpiracetam is known to increase the acetylcholine activity levels in the brain. One of the consequences of this process (also observed in other racetams), is reduced levels of choline. Choline is essential to a healthy function of the brain. It is also a precursor to acetylcholine. Therefore, in order to prevent headache, which is a result of increased demands of acetylcholine, it is recommended to stack Phenylpiracetam with choline containing compound (e.g. Alpha GPC, DMAE or Choline Bitartrate).
Buying Phenylpiracetam in the UK:
In the past, it was not easy to find and buy Phenylpiracetam online as it had not gained its popularity. However, with a rapid growth in the market there are a number of retailers selling it for a reasonable price. For example, 60 capsules (100 mg per capsule) in the UK cost £44.97. You can also buy Phenylpiracetam in bulk powder, which works out cheaper in comparison to capsules.