Piracetam is one of the first to be created in the racetam nootropic category. Although it is the weakest racetam in potency, it is still the most popular and widespread nootropic supplement. This may be due to its low cost to produce and high availability. See our product page for a description of piracetam and how it works.
How to Take Piracetam Properly
Piracetam in its raw form is white and crystalline, almost to the texture of sugar. It is water soluble and can be easily added to beverages. Although it can be capped, many choose to take piracetam in its raw form. This is simply because the dosage of piracetam can be much higher than other supplements.
The taste of piracetam is very bitter. Some can get past this taste but for those who have problems, taking it with juice can help to mask the taste. Taking piracetam on an empty stomach will offer the best results in terms of absorption. It is recommended to take before food
The dosage of piracetam may vary depending on the user. If it is your first time taking piracetam, it is recommended to stick to the recommended dosage of 850 -1500mg. This will determine your sensitivity and tolerance to the substance. Taking higher than normal dosages may lead to side effects.
Depending on the dosage and experience of the user, one may wish to dose piracetam multiple times throughout the day. This is safe and ok to do. One will decide how frequent they need to dose with piracetam. Some may find it works best if taken once in the morning, while others may split their dosage into three or four segments throughout the day.
Piracetam may be taken in higher doses known as an attack dose. These higher dosages may contribute to a faster onset of action. Attack doses of piracetam can range from 3-10 grams. These high dosages have shown be completely un-harmful but are still not recommended for a first time user
Causes of Common Piracetam Side Effects
Piracetam & “Brain Fog” Causes
Piracetam “brain fog” is considered any side effect that generally has anti-nootropic effects. These effects can be things such as: short term memory problems, confusion, fatigue, loss of motivation and depersonalization. Obviously these side effects are the complete opposite reaction we want from nootropics.
Trying to understand just what exactly causes piracetam brain fog and other side effects is a very complicated process. Not every individual may have the same exact issue going on in their neurochemistry. One thing that is known in neurochemistry is that altering acetylcholine levels can directly influence the other important neurotransmitters: dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin.
It is suspected that brain fog and the related issues may be caused be a reduction in the monoamines, dopamine and norepinephrine due to an increase in acetylcholine. A mild increase in acetylcholine will increase the release of dopamine and norepinephrine while a large increase will do the opposite by depleting these levels. This threshold may explain the between piracetams positive and negative effects in people.
The solution for reducing piracetam brain fog symptoms is to reduce the amount of actylcholine in the brain. Obviously, the first choice would be to eliminate any choline supplement. If this still does not work to eliminate brain fog, lowering the dosage of piracetam would be the next step. The final step would be to try to raise the level of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain with supplementation.
Piracetam Depression & Irritability Causes
Studies have shown that higher than normal levels of acetylcholine in the rat brain produces anxiety and depression. The balance of acetylcholine to other neurotransmitters also relates to serotonin. When acetylcholine and norepinephrine levels are high and acetylcholine levels low, it can produce unexplainable mood symptoms like: anger, irritability, anxiety and aggression. This can explain why some may experience irritability on piracetam and not necessarily the other symptoms.
Depression can be a result of depleted dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin caused by high acetylcholine levels. It is unclear as to whether some may be more prone than others to the effects of depleted neurotransmitters. There are many factors that come in to play however it is clear that raising acetylcholine levels higher than normal can affect mood and emotional stability.
Piracetam Headache Causes
Headache is a common side effect when taking piracetam. These headaches are likely caused by lack of choline in the brain. When taking cholinergic substances, the demand for choline may be higher thus reducing choline in parts of the brain. There are links in science between choline deficiency and migrane headaches. There have been no direct studies on what causes piracetam headaches however adding in a choline source has been suggested to be a “cure” on popular forums.