It’s not generally available, thanks to a bit of interference from the Food and Drug Administration, but Nootropic City’s Piracetam is out there on the market, so we looked into it to see how well it’s aged after more than fifty years, and this is what we found.
Piracetam was the first ever smart drug. It’s been seen to help “improve general cognition in the healthy”, and has spawned many spin-off smart drugs.
Although it’s been used for decades, Piracetam’s main mechanism of action is still somewhat of a mystery, although it’s known to affect memory, vision, and energy by influencing the reuptake of certain neurotransmitters.
This uses up the brain’s supply of choline, which can cause headaches unless you take a suitable choline supplement together with Nootropic City Piracetam.
We’ve mentioned the headaches brought on by the lack of choline, and the suppliers of Nootropic City Piracetam tell us the only other side effects could be; dry mouth, mild insomnia, jitteriness, and loss of appetite.
Later on in this review, we’ll talk about what we found in an online forum, and the experiences of users who’ve been affected by anything from just one single dose to taking Piracetam for months, if not years.
And they certainly have a lot to say for themselves.
Nootropic City sell sample packs of either 20 or 30 capsules, but for retail packs you’re looking at 90 capsules for $19.99.
They do have an auto-shipment service, and if you’re a frequent customer you might just find yourself gifted with a 5%-off VIP coupon.
Piracetam was the original smart drug, but “original” doesn’t necessarily automatically mean “best” – at least not any more.
Then again, so much depends on what you’re taking any of them for: some will give you a short-term high-power brainpower boost, while others are gentler and used to prevent further mental decline where it exists already.
More is known about how these newer smart drugs work than how Piracetam does, which could be the reason the Food and Drug Administration weren’t happy with it being marketed as a supplement as such.
Many companies who’d previously marketed Piracetam took their versions off the market, for whatever reason, and because it’s more difficult to find, and because after all these years nobody’s still too sure how it works, and because of those startling posts we found on that online forum we told you about, we do not recommend Nootropic City Piracetam to our readers.
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Piracetam increases blood flow to the brain, providing it with more oxygen, thereby helping it to work better. That much is known for sure. Otherwise, one of the more popular theories is that Piracetam, which is a derivative of an existing neurotransmitter, helps to improve the function of brain cells by providing them with more energy.
No matter how Piracetam really works (presumably someone will find out for sure one day) we have an interesting situation in that the patents are now expired on Piracetam, and it can cost more than $50 million to get any drug past the FDA’s regulatory process.
But who’s going to invest that much to get Piracetam approved? Especially when once it’s approved that some other company will sell it for less. So logically it’s a waste of time and money going down that route.
There’s a little graphic on the container suggesting users take three capsules in the morning, two in the afternoon, and one in the evening. There’s no indication whether it’s a good idea to up the dosage when preparing for a late-night study session, but it’s worth checking the web if that’s what you’re planning.
Piracetam is fat soluble, so best to take it with a meal, rather than a glass of water.
Some forums and blogs suggest taking a much larger dose right at the beginning of a course of Piracetam (and other smart drugs) just to get it into your system in a hurry. Then again, if you’re going to be prone to any of the side effects, you’ll feel those more intensely – and much faster.
Otherwise you could be taking a normal dose for some time before starting to notice its effects.
Even though it’s not exactly illegal to buy Piracetam, doing so does carry its risks, whether because of the unknown purity level of the product, or the lack of information such as proper dosage information, or the FDA swooping down on any company selling it and shutting it down, for whatever reason.
Other related smart drugs – commonly known as “racetams” of one kind or another – are available, and so far the FDA haven’t been seen to hassle retailers of those products.
Among the claims we’ve found, the most quotable involve increasing oxygen levels in the brain, improving memory, and “removing the mental background noise of distraction and anxiety” so you can be “alert and ready to perform, not jittery and sped up”.
From what we’ve seen, for some people, no – it doesn’t work at all, but it does bring on some unpleasant physical, mental, and emotional side effects.
For others, it does improve what’s often referred to as their “cognitive ability” to a noticeable degree, but while also bringing on some of those unpleasant side effects.
And for yet still others, they’ve noticed improvement in their thought processes and concentration, but haven’t had to pay the physical, mental, and emotional price for that improvement.
So let’s leave it at yes, Nootropic City Piracetam can work – but it’s not for everybody. And the only way of finding out whether it’ll work for you would be to try it for yourself, which we don’t recommend.
Now here’s where there’s a certain difference of opinion between what Nootropic City think are the only side effects you can get from their Piracetam, and what the general public actually tell us they’ve experienced.
In short, we’ve got reports of;
In detail, however, when researching user forums, we come across statements like,
“I took piracetam for a few months. The effects are devasteting. I feel like I have cement in my head. My concentration droped dramatically and, what is worst, my memory, which used to be my precious assett, has big holes. My learning capacity plumbered.”
“I 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.”
And from a user who’d happily been taking Piracetam for 7 months: “But, sadly, what goes up must come down… 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.”
And here’s what happened to someone who’d only used Nootropic City Piracetam the once, and regretted it, “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 .”
If you don’t exercise your body and you only exercise your brain, you will be neurotic and unstable. What the modern society thinks is that they can take a pill and become whoever they want to become. That’s great if the pill is a placebo and enables the user to believe in himself with no harm being done. It’s awful if the user puts all of his faith in the pill and none in himself. It will only cause worry, stress, and long-term unsustainability.
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We went to Amazon, where we tend to get a more balanced set of reviews than those we’d find on websites trying to persuade us to buy whatever it is we’re reviewing.
We found 14 positive reviews for Nootropic City Piracetam there, balanced against 8 negative ones, including,
Notice no difference, however after a while a slight headache developed.
Absolutely no effects. A waste of money. Only give stomach ache
Product not described in depth. Have adverse effects compared to what advertised. Also product came really late didnt get it on time.
It does, but you’ve got to be fast about it: you’ve got just seven days – from the purchase date – to return the product in its original packaging, but you have to call the support people at Nootropic City first.
To us, that seems a little risky, in that how long is Nootropic City Piracetam going to take to be delivered in the first place?
It’s definitely available from the Nootropics City online store, and possibly could have returned to Amazon by now, depending on how the FDA feel about it.