Summary: Phenylpiracetam is a potent and fast-acting smart drug of the racetam family. It enhances cognitive abilities as well as boosts physical strength. The Olympics Anti-Doping committee bans it for being too stimulating for athletes.


What is Phenylpiracetam?

Phenylpiracetam (also known as Phenotropil) is one of the most effective, efficient and potent nootropics which is used by many and are available on the market for many years. With the safe and effective use, many regards Phenylpiracetam a “lifesaver” and “faithful companion” in times of need. Although it is a new nootropic from the racetam family, it has gained the popularity due to its practical use. Furthermore, Phenylpiracetam is a modified form of the original nootropic piracetam, but it has been more useful and powerful as compared to the other members of the class. Phenylpiracetam is 30 to 60 times more powerful and effective, potent and efficient in its action.

It’s known for its neuroprotective properties which are the dominant feature of all racetam nootropics. It also elevates and enhances physical performance, which is the primary reason behind its increased consumption among athletes. Due to these facts, Phenylpiracetam is becoming a favorite of the nootropic family, and its sales have also increased over the past few years due to the positive responses it receives.

Benefits & Effects

Improves Brain Function

In studies of subjects with cognition impairment, phenylpiracetam improves cognitive function and memory notably after a month of treatment (R).

Reduces Anxiety and Depression

Phenylpiracetam reduces and increases exploratory behavior in an unfamiliar environment in rodent studies (R). Furthermore, it lowers anxiety and depression in 99 patients with brain damage (due to stroke) after a month of treatment (R).

Phenylpiracetam Boosts Energy

A study patient with chronic fatigue syndrome finds that a one-month treatment of phenylpiracetam reduces fatigue notably (R). As well as notably increasing movement and physical activity (R).

Enhances Physical Performance

Here is a very interesting study in which Phenylpiracetam was found to increase the speed and distance traveled (by rats) during an open-race test (R). Anecdotal reports claim It was used by Russian soldiers and astronauts to achieve high physical strength and mental abilities.

Mechanism of Action

How Does Phenylpiracetam Work?

Phenylpiracetam is a piracetam which comes with a phenyl group attached to it. It has similar functions and potency as that of piracetam, which is its parent molecule. However, the addition of the phenyl group has increased its effectiveness in many ways which have led to the increased usage and exposure of Phenylpiracetam in the market. Furthermore, it easily crosses the blood-brain barrier. Thus it has CNS effects. Most users compare its impact to that of Adderall and modafinil. It is more potent than other racetams and has a high bioavailability, making it a great first line agent to take in case if you are having an exhaustive day ahead. Its half-life is about 3-5 hours.

No mechanism is in the documentation for the action it produces and the way it processes them and makes them work. However, it has energy and performance boosting properties, and it has a close resemblance to phenyl-ethylamine, which has stimulatory effects. Phenylpiracetam has a close affinity with neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine transporters.


How To Take Phenylpiracetam?

The usual dose are between 100-200 mg per dose, up to two or three times a day. However, I prefer taking a 200mg dose once only. The effects are much more present and pleasing.

Tolerance to Phenylpiracetam builds up very quickly. Therefore, minimize your use to when you need it rather than making it a part of a daily stack.

Side Effects

The major issues and side effects that appear with Phenylpiracetam are the same that occur with other racetams. The major one is a headache which is due to the choline reserves depletion. Using a choline source like Alpha GPC to quickly resolve the issue. GI issue is on the less common side.


Phenylpiracetam has attained the attention and popularity among the nootropic users for its powerful, dynamic impacts and effects. It is a potent activator of the CNS activities. Its ability to increase the energy and physical performance have made it a favorite for many in the field of study and sports as well. As time passes, these highly active ingredients are only going to gain more attention.

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