20 May, 2014

Piracetam

Piracetam is a nootropic agent, meaning it improves mental functions such as intelligence, cognition, memory, motivation, attention, and concentration. It has very low toxicity and has no stimulating, sedative, addictive or neurovegitative effects.


Exactly how piracetam and other similar study drugs work is not fully understood. However, it is known that piracetam has an effect on metabolism and improves oxygen transportation, which enhances cognition. One of the more intriguing effects of piracetam is it's ability to promote the flow of information between the right and left parts of the brain. It's know that communication between the two sides of the brain is associated with flashes of creativity. This could also be the basis for piracetam's usefulness in the treatment of the reading disorder, dyslexia.


The effect of piracetam can be further increased if it's taken with DMAE or choline. When piracetam and choline are combined, there is a synergistic effect which causes a greater improvement in memory than the sum of each when taken separately. A small amount of users report feeling slightly agitated and mildly depressed when taking piracetam for more than a week without a choline supplement. These feelings can be alleviated quickly with a single dose of choline. It's possible that piracetam causes acetyl-choline to be used up more quickly than usual so supplementing with choline may help to replenish this important neurotransmitter.


Dosages:


Please be aware that Piracetam has not been declared safe for human consumption by many countries. The figures here are for scientific research and informational purposes only. 800mg - 1200mg three times daily to start off with. This initial dosage should be carried on for 1 - 2 months before the dosage is gradually reduced to 400mg - 600mg three times a day. Piracetam takes effect within 30 to 60 minutes and the elimination half life is 6 hours.


Contraindications:


Not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.


Cautions:


Users suffering from renal disorders should take piracetam with caution & in lowered dosages.


Interactions:

No drug interactions with commonly consumed pharmaceutical products have been found to date and piracetam does not interfere with the users ability to drive or operate machinery.

Side Effects:

Reports of side effects usually originate from taking too high a dose. Users of piracetam may experience minor side effects such as upset stomach, gas, headache or insomnia. Lowering the dose is usually effective in offsetting any side effects.