Phenylpiracetam is also known as Phenotropil is a modified version of piracetam and was developed in the Soviet Union in 1983. It is now being used and even prescribed for neurological disorders such as depression, dementia, anxiety and the general cognitive decline as we grow older. The other exciting thing about the Phenylpiracetam supplement is that is somewhat seriously being studied as a potential treatment for both Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Phenylpiracetam is a very powerful nootropic and so it has been put on the list of banned for Olympic athletes. It is not illegal a some think it is because of it’s banned status nor is it a dangerous nootropic drug, but it is an extremely stimulating drug which I will talk about in this article.
The on thing this nootropic lacks is scientific research on humans. Even so, one study does show that Phenylpiracetam is a cognitive enhancer used for cognition and learning. 
Learning and cognition are part of the racetam family of nootropics, but this has the added benefits as an antidepressant. 
Big Energy Booster
Firstly do you know what a psychostimulant is? It’s a drug that produces a temporary increase in psychomotor activity or a temporary improvement in physical functions or mental processes or both. Phenylpiracetam is a psychostimulant largely because it is chemically close to Adderall.
We don’t fully know the extent of it’s energizing effect on us because it hasn’t been studied. Animal studies have and they confirm an increase in locomotor activity.
Phenylpiracetam we know from other studies has been observed to increase levels of norepinephrine by blocking its reuptake in the brain and we know norepinephrine is a catecholamine thatstimulates the nervous system.
When we experience higher than normal levels of norepinephrine we see alertness, attention, and vigilance. It activates our bodies and minds as well as controls our fight or flight response. On the other side, if you have too much it can cause restlessness, an elevated heart rate, and anxiety as side effects. Phenylpiracetam promotes higher levels of norepinephrine without going overboard and causes these side effects.
There has been a fairly large study completed that included 1170 participants suffering from brain ischemia. They were given Phenylpiracetam and found improvements in the symptoms of fatigue syndrome.
Memory and Cognitive Enhancement
Phenylpiracetam has been shown in studies to improve cognition in patients with different forms of brain dysfunction. Research shows that it can improve cognitive performance in people who have impairments due to encephalopathy.
Trials show us that it also can improve the cognition of people who have suffered a stroke(s) and those with organic brain lesions
Unfortunately, there is no research available to show how Phenylpiracetam effects the young and healthy. Even so, many state they feel alert, motivated, and productive.
Phenylpiracetam is a potential mood booster and how it is achieving this is being investigated as a potential treatment for depression. Those using this nootropic say they feel their moods are indeed being lifted.
In multiple studies, Phenylpiracetam has been shown to improve depression and asthenia which is a syndrome of breathlessness, fear of effort, a sense of fatigue, precordial pain, and palpitation, generally considered to be a particular presentation of an anxiety disorder.
Phenylpiracetam was used in another study on people with brain traumas and cerebral gliomas. These patients were given 200mg/day of Phenylpiracetam for one month. The result of this study was that patients were experiencing greater daily activity, mobility, and less depression. Analysis of EEG data found that alpha and beta brain waves were being normalized.
This is what Phenylpiracetam was developed for, Anxiety. It was developed in the Russian Academy of Science to reduce the stress there cosmonauts undergo on long space missions. Pilot Alaksandr Serebrov was given the nootropic while on a 197-day mission to the then Mir space station. After the mission, he said the drug did give him a calming effect.
More research has shown that it has the ability to improve anxiety symptoms in patients diagnosed with encephalopathy. There was a study done of patients with organic brain lesions and was shown to promote a ‘lower discomfort, anxiety and depression.
Another study has shown that Phenylpiracetam given to patients suffering from cardiovascular disease for 12 weeks improved there anxiety disorders. After the 12 weeks were up the patients were tested on psychometric scales for adverse effects. The drug did produce an anxiolytic effect, however, after using the drug for between 4 and six weeks the effect decreased and was tolerated satisfactorily.
In scientific terms, “psychostimulation” is synonymous with focus and concentration. One study has shown that phenylpiracetam was so stimulating to the brain, it created sleep disturbances for the participants . This is clearly not proof of the concentration and focus benefits, but this has similar symptoms as many other smart drugs that tout the same thing.
As a Neuroprotective
Racetams are generally believed to be neuroprotectants. This means they can reduce or even prevent damage to brain cells. Phenylpiracetam being neuroprotective can be used to assist the recovery of stroke patients. There was one large study that involved 400 patients who had suffered a stroke. 200 were each given 400mg/day for one year and 200 a placebo.
Those who were given Phenylpiracetam showed marked improvement in there daily living activities and the restoration of there neurological function.
Phenylpiracetam doses are typically suggested being between 100–250 mg per dose with meals and up to three times a day. It is not recommended to exceed the maximum dosage of 750 mg per day.
New users are as always strongly suggested to start at the lower end of the dosage range and increase slowly if needed.
The Phenylpiracetam Choline Stack
The Phenylpiracetam stack is a popular one because of what racetams do. They act as a sponge soaking up acetylcholine where we create our memories. Now, if you don’t get enough choline in your diet, then you will not be able to create memories effectively. The racetam soaking up Acetylcholine may not be enough if you are deficient in it anyway. Taking a choline source along with Phenylpiracetam will help with this.
The suggested dos of phenylpiracetam are 100-250mg. If you want to add CDP Choline to it, add 250mg of choline.
This nootropic needs to be cycled. Many users begin to feel a tolerance to it very quickly only 2-3 days into using it. A recommended cycling time for phenylpiracetam would be 2-3 days on, 2-3 days off.
Side Effects of Phenylpiracetam Nootropic
All nootropics that have a stimulating effect associated with them can cause sleep problems including insomnia. To avoid this effect, take it earlier in the day and not in the late afternoon or evening.
The most common side effect is headaches due to a lack of acetylcholine, which is typical of most racetams and may be a sign that you should supplement with a choline source such as Alpha GPC.
Other users taking high doses of phenylpiracetam supplement continuously over a long period of time can experience difficulty sleeping, depression, and emotional instability.
Do not take this if you are pregnant or nursing. It is not in my mind for children to be given nootropics as there are no real studies on the effect of the growing mind.
If you have kidney or liver dysfunction have been diagnosed with hypertension, coronary artery disease, panic attacks or psychotic states you should not take this until you consult with your physician.
This Racetam is fairly new and there aren’t a lot of studies completed regarding its nootropic effects it is very very good and one of the strongest racetams out there for you to buy.
It is very user specific in its effects. Most say after 2-3 days of taking it, the effects are totally gone.
Most suffer little to no side effects but say it leaves them with a hangover type feeling which includes irritability, brain fog etc.
It is very important you stick to the suggested dosages and cycle the drug appropriately. If not, your experience may be much less than you hope for.
This nootropic is also a very good choice for stacking.