Bring on the new year with Phenylpiracetam, Phenylpiracetam has a interesting history, it was initially produced and sold as “Phenotropyl” and was developed in Russia in the early 1990’s. It was originally designed during the space age race where it was to be given to the military and astronauts initially to improve their work aptitude.
Over the years its benefits have seeped into the world of athletics and it was thus banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency as a performance enhancing agent (improved tolerance to cold weather and acted as a stimulant). It is also referred to as Fonturacetam or 4-phenylpiracetam.
What is it’s Mechanism of Action?
It is derived from its parent compound Piracetam but with the additional of a benzene ring (phenyl) which supposedly potentiates its effects much more than piracetam could alone. It contains two enantiomers, R- & S-. The first is used or provides anti convulsant or helps with epileptic fits or other convulsions.
The later is the one we are interested in as it provides phenylpiracetam the ability to improve memory, muscle strength, motor coordination and acts as a anti depressant by working on GABA and dopamine among other receptors.
It’s own studies claim it “increases data transfer between the different hemisphere’s in the brain”, “improves mood” and has a positive effect on metabolism and increases “brain energy”.
Stacking Phenylpiracetam to Avoid Side Effects
Many users have found Phenylpiracetam to work best with choline’s such as choline bitartrate and citicoline to reduce any headaches. It also works best when Phenylpiracetam is stacked with other drugs for long term benefits such as Ashwagandha, and Bacopa Monnieri.
In the long term this drug has a low negative side effects profile though you could feel dependency issues from lack of mental energy when not actively supplementing.
Anecdotal Evidence from someone that used a Outcome Tracker
3 Months there was mood improvement, reduces stress at 100mg daily dosage taken inthe morning. No tolerance was built up generally and effectiveness remained at 80%. Initial side effects were experienced such as sleeping and mild chest pain. Focus was enhanced when stacked with something similar to Modafinil, or pramiracetam for focus at 300mg dosage.
How Does it Stack Up Against other Compounds in Sprague-Dawley rats?
Present data show that (R)-phenylpiracetam increases motivation, i.e., the work load, which animals are willing to perform to obtain more rewarding food. At the same time consumption of freely available normal food does not increase. Generally this indicates that (R)-phenylpiracetam increase motivation.
The effect of (R)-phenylpiracetam is much stronger than that of methylphenidate and amphetamine