Phenylpiracetam vs Noopept

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Phenylpiracetam vs Noopept

There is no question that Noopept and Phenylpiracetam are heavy hitters when it comes to ratio cognitive enhancers. When we compare Phenylpiracetam vs Noopept, Which one is best? Read further.

Both of these nootropics were developed in Russia to be the next in class to Piracetam. Phenylpiracetam was originally to lessen stress on Russian cosmonauts during long space flights.

Research has shown that Noopept is 1000 times (yes 1000 times) more potent than Piracetam, but Phenylpiracetam is shown to be 50-60 times stronger.

Now, this is all very interesting, however, what it means is that to get the therapeutic benefits, the dosages are different.  You take a much smaller dose at a time of Noopept than you do with Phenylpiracetam.  It does not at all mean one is better than the other.



Noopept, a nootropic supplement made in Russia and easily accessible anywhere is one of the heavy hitters in cognitive function. It is said to be up to 1000 times more powerful than Piracetam, the nootropic it followed.

Noopept is very similar to the Racetam group because it’s mechanism of action is similar, however, it is not a Piracetam.

Mental energy is also improved. Sort of like getting rid of a ‘brain fog’ feeling we get sometimes. Everything will become clearer and require less thought when supplementing with Noopept.

Using Noopept can make it seem like your thoughts and your mind are moving at a faster speed and you do not have to think as hard about tasks or concepts in order to complete your work.

Don’t worry if you feel different from what is described here because some people feel that instead, their overall perception and alertness is enhanced.

Some benefits of Noopept are:

Memory and Learning

Noopept is taken as a memory enhancer and also improves our learning process. It assists in memory function and retrieval. It also enhances cognitive performance and logical thinking.

Neuroprotective Properties

There are studies that show Noopept is a neuroprotectant. It has antioxidant properties as well as anti-inflammatory actions, an ability to prevent neurotoxicity of excess calcium and glutamate and improves blood flow to the brain

Noopept Dosage

Noopept is metabolized quickly by our body so taking smaller doses rather than one large dose is preferable for a more sustained effect. We see that there is a standard dose for Noopept which is 10mg twice daily preferably after a meal. The dose of most nootropics can be increased and this is no exception although it is highly recommended you start with the lowest dosage first and then increase your dose up to 30mg if needed.

In powder form, Noopept is usually dissolved under the tongue or mixed with water and drunk. Effects are felt quickly after administration, as fast as within 15 minutes.

Cycling Noopept is advised to prevent tolerance. The preferred cycle as stated by the original Russian manufacturer is from 1 1/2 months to 3 months with a one-month break.


  • It Boosts our Natural Neurotransmitters, enzymes, hormones.
  • Oxygen Supply to the brain is higher
  • Noopept is suitable for long term use.
  • Use as recommended to not get any side effect.



  • None really

Side Effects

It is surprising considering how potent Noopept is that it doesn’t have many side effects associated with it. The ones noted are nausea (usually in first-time users or those taking too much), some anxiety, and irritability. It is because of these that it is not recommended taking it too close to when you are going to sleep.

These side effects are few and generally individual in nature or self-caused. When looking over studies and research we find little in the way of side effects and most do not mention any side effects at all.

If however you are pregnant, going to get pregnant, or are lactating, please refrain from taking Noopept as studies on the effect on infants is negligible.



Phenylpiracetam was created as a treatment for the prolonged stress experienced by cosmonauts on extended space missions. It is derived from its parent compound Piracetam but with the addition of a Phenyl ring thus making it easier to cross the blood-brain barrier. Just as Noopept was developed in Russia so was Phenylpiracetam and this racetam is Estimated to be 30-60 times more potent than its Predecessor Piracetam.

It is considered a stimulant and is documented to have performance-enhancing potential in athletes due to increased Noradrenaline levels. Therefore, it has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

It also has the potential to improve amnesia and some brain injuries.

Some benefits are:

Alleviates Anxiety

Phenylpiracetam has the ability to diminish the symptoms of anxiety. Other anti-anxiety medications contain sedatives and have other side effects. Phenylpiracetam does not have a sedative effect associated with it and no side effects.

  • Increased concentration
  • Increased motivation
  • Enhanced memory
  • Enhanced physical endurance and motor skills
  • Quicker learning ability
  • Anxiety and stress reducer

Taking Phenylpiracetam you have easier learning ability so, for example, you aren’t re-reading things you use to understand them.

Your short and long term memory is improved

Learning and processing information becomes easier with Phenylpiracetam. You’re not re-reading sentences and paragraphs trying to understand them.

Symptoms of depression are decreased in those suffering from depression. Anxiety levels drop in social situations


Phenylpiracetam Dosage

While there doesn’t seem to be a true dosage, there is a general reference as to how much to take and when.

200-600mg/day is considered good


  • Stronger than piracetam
  • Provides psychostimulatory effects
  • Helps diminish cognitive decline


  • Side effects are similar to that of stimulants
  • Rapid development of tolerance
  • Not enough is known about its impact on the brain

Side Effects

Phenylpiracetam can cause headaches because it boosts the use of acetylcholine in your brain. Choline supplements like Alpha GPC or CDP-Choline can help.

It doesn’t take long to become tolerant of Phenylpiracetam. Use it too much and you will quickly lose the effects. A good rule of thumb with this nootropic is to only use it when you need a brain boost or a physical performance boost. Remember it has been banned because of its performance enhancing properties.

Cycle this with one week one and one week off to avoid tolerance issues. It is not a supplement to take regularly.

Tolerance is a problem with Phenylpiracetam and builds rather quickly. It will soon lose its effects if used in excess. So try using Phenylpiracetam only when you need extra cognitive power, or before a workout. Or try cycling it one week on and one week off to avoid tolerance.

You can read my full review of Phenylpiracetam here.;


Which One is Better

Phenylpiracetam and Noopept are both Great nootropics to have. Both support mental function and cognitive enhancement but comparing them side by side is a difficult one. I do it here because a lot of people search for the answer on the web and talk about it on the forums and social media.

Taking Phenylpiracetam when you need it is what it is for. That said, a great example is it be a great aid for those all-nighters university students have when completing an assignment or studying for end of semester exams. It helps with this while allowing you to maintain a high mental acuity.

Noopept can be a good addition to a regular nootropic stack to promote focus, attention and mood plus neuroprotective benefits.

Even though phenylpiracetam is considered 60 times more potent than piracetam, noopept is considered to be around 1000 times more effective.

Noopept is best after 1 – 2 weeks of regular use when a therapeutic level has been reached. This means that you can take it in advance of a particularly difficult series of tests and it should be cycled. This is one of the drugs that might be useful as a way to prepare for high-intensity cognitive tasks for certain periods throughout the year.

7 thoughts on “Phenylpiracetam vs Noopept”

  1. Thank you so much for this amazing post, I can easily verify what you wrote here about Noopept, I have someone who was a complete slow learner and forget things easily, he tried the Noopept enhancer and it work perfectly well, he now learns and study at ease.But am not too certain if it do restore memory loss. Thank you

  2. Thanks for your comparison of this two big cognitive enhancers. But you make it really hard to choose one, as they both have super cool qualities.

    Personally i would choose the Noopept supplement over the Phenylpiracetam supplement, why?, because it has more specs than the Phenylpiracetam supplement

    But on second note Taking Phenylpiracetam as it is recommended for students, increases focus, since i’m still a student, maybe i’d just use my instinct when purchasing one.


  3. Hello and thank you for this amazing article. You really got me interested in this amazing supplements. Never heard about them before but I am really hyped to try them. It is amazing that these products were used by Russian and their cosmonauts. I can only imagine the kind of brain food people like that need in order to function optimal.

    The best thing is that actually these kind of brain food also helps with anxiety and mood swings. After reading this I am even more interested in trying both of them.

    Thank you.


  4. I would include some cons for Noopept. It looks suspicious that you don’t list any. I did a google search and the first forum that came up mentioned agitation and depression in some people. Another said “possibly also an array of negative side effects, which may only fully

    manifest themselves after sustained daily use for a period of 2-4 weeks, which include: IRRITABILITY, ANGER, AMOTIVATION, AND INCREASED ANXIETY.”

    • If taken incorrectly and at higher than suggested dosages you are in effect over dosing yourself and you can expect some negative effect.  Noopept is very potent and should only be taken at the suggested dosages

      The lack of true side effects is why this nootropic was approved for medical use.

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