Phenylpiracetam: Potential Side Effects and Tolerance Concerns
For all of people looking to decrease stress and gain an edge over their competition, the big question is: are racetams like Phenylpiracetam safe? Being a much stronger family member to Piracetam, are there any side effects to be worried about?
So what are the benefits?
The primary benefits of Phenylpiracetam are thought to be related to a person’s mental capabilities. Much like its predecessor, Piracetam, user’s cognitive ability is often vastly improved.
Phenylpiracetam increases the activity of Acetylcholine in the neurons in your brain. This neurotransmitter is thought to play a major part in processing and storing information, allowing you to remember more information and improve your attention span.
The reason for this is Phenylpiracetam works within the Hippocampus to increase the density of Acetylcholine receptors, which is the area of the brain which is used while storing information in your long-term memory.
Phenylpiracetam is also reported to give the user a lot more energy and motivation while going about their usual activities during the day. Many people who take a small dose of Phenylpiracetam in the morning report they have a much better mood and approach to their work, allowing them to be more productive and less stressed and distracted. Some also attribute their lack of mental fatigue after a long day to the same dose.
Many people taking this supplement also assign some physical enhancements to this smart drug. A tolerance to cold temperatures and a higher pain threshold are among the reported physical benefits.
Phenylpiracetam is unique among racetams in the fact it also has some stimulating effects for users. Due to the higher pain threshold and the general increase in the reaction your body has to stress, many athletes such as bodybuilders find their training to be both more effective and more productive than without Phenylpiracetam.
Potential side effects
Phenylpiracetam follows a similar set of side effects that some users will experience with the racetam supplement family. As with any supplement, a different body chemistry can mean that some people react in different ways, but the side effects are usually mild and only happen on rare occasions.
Nevertheless it is important that you understand how Smart drugs and racetams work before you go ahead with your first dose; potential side effects should be considered purely for your own peace of mind.
Some potential side effects are headaches, nausea, restlessness and irritability. Also cramps and gastrointestinal discomfort have been reported by some users.
These side effects are all possible when taking any new medication or supplement, none are particularly associated with Phenylpiracetam itself. If you find you are getting headaches each time you use the supplement, it could be due to the increased demand for Acetylcholine in the Hippocampus and can often be treated by adding a choline supplement alongside the Phenylpiracetam dose.
Like most Smart drugs, there are no known drug interaction with prescription medications or other supplements but if you are on medication, it is probably best to check with a G.P before you go ahead and take your first dose.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised not to take Phenylpiracetam and other racetams on the basis that not enough research has been conducted to objectively rule out potential side effects.
Tolerance and Addiction
Phenylpiracetam is not considered to be a physiologically addictive substance like caffeine or nicotine, through some people have reported to have felt they had a psychological dependence after regular doses.
Generally when this does happen, these individuals have been on a stronger dose than advised for Phenylpiracetam so this might indicate that sticking to sensible doses does not have an addictive effect.
Despite not being addictive in the physiological sense, Phenylpiracetam does have a very high tolerance build up. Phenylpiracetam is over 60 times stronger than Piracetam, and although they are both taken in very different dosages, it does seem to build up a tolerance fairly quickly in comparison.
Phenylpiracetam is not an everyday supplement for this reason, so if you are thinking of trying this supplement, use it when you have an important event or deadline to meet. This will make the smart drug much more effective than taking regular doses.
Phenylpiracetam and Sports
Despite many athletes and sportspeople report taking Phenylpiracetam to improve their physical performance, it is important for you to know that Phenylpiracetam is listed as a banned substance in professional sporting associations.
The Olympic Committee is one of these associations. So if you are a professional sportsperson, you should always steer clear of Phenylpiracetam if you suspect you may be subject to a drug test. Phenylpiracetam is on the banned substances list for many committees, not because it is dangerous or for side effects, but because it is strongly believed to enhance physical performance and stamina.
Phenylpiracetam has been used as a prescription medication in parts of Europe for a number of years and has only recently begun to gather some interest in the UK and US fairly recently.
Its predecessor, Piracetam, has been used since the 1960’s and was the original smart drug supplement. Phenylpiracetam is created by adding a phenyl group to the Piracetam molecule which increases the potency and the efficiency of the compound.
This greater potency does not add to the risk of potential side effects as the two are taken in very different dosages. Phenylpiracetam definitely seems to be the more effective of the two smart drugs and has the added stimulating effect which lends itself to the physical benefits often reported by users.
Overall, Phenylpiracetam seems to have an edge over the competition which we see from its popularity among smart drug users. As there are no known serious side effects and Phenylpiracetam is not considered to be dangerous, there are many benefits that could lend themselves to improving your cognitive and physical abilities. If you would like more information on racetams or other smart drugs in general, please feel free to look through our site.
My Experience With Phenylpiracetam
I had never even heard of Nootropics before, but came across Phenylpiracetam whilst I was searching for a trustworthy Noopept source. Although I knew very little about it at the time, I was convinced to purchase it because of the positive way it was advertised on eBay, with Phenylpiracetam claimed to be ‘much stronger than Noopept’.
Being quite the impulse buyer, I was of course taken in by this and, after doing a quick Google search, I came across a few sites that gave more information which convinced me to purchase some. The three websites are listed below:
The Phenylpiracetam and the Noopept both arrived on the same day. However, I decided to start taking the Noopept first because I had been advised to do so. I was to take it for a few months to get an idea as to how I would react to it, as it is the strongest available Racetam, before considering switching to Phenylpiracetam. Unfortunately, things did not go quite as planned.
With this advice in mind, I decided to take 100mg of Phenylpiracetam the morning it had arrived. I did this roughly 40min before doing HIT. I noticed the following effects:
- I felt a sense of clearness, especially around my head, where things were generally much more noticeable.
- I was more alert, a lot calmer and more at ease.
- My mood was more elevated than usual, though I would not go as far as saying I was in a euphoric state.
- I felt more focused than usual, more so than when I had used similar products in the past.
- I had been feeling a mild headache for the past few weeks, most likely due to hormones, and felt this again after taking Phenylpiracetam.
The day I first tried Phenylpiracetam was also the day I went for my full driver’s license. In order to pass the test, I was required to study a 116-page book.
To prepare for the test, I skimmed through the entire book making notes and managed to get through the whole book in little over an hour. Before taking the test, I took a second dose, this time of 50mg. During the test I was able to fully concentrate, not being distracted by anything, and was therefore able to pass with flying colors.
By the evening, I was intending to do a workout and was thinking of using some Noopept. I didn’t have any scales, however, to measure out the correct dosage. In spite of this, I tried some anyway, taking it under the tongue, something I’d learned from a user called Iov on an atomini thread. It hit me straight away and perked me right up. Straight away I was feeling the effects I had felt on the Phrenylpiracetam, only this time they were at least ten times stronger.
My experience on Noopept was very similar to the following account, in which the writer goes into detail about his own experience, where he finds himself questioning practically everything:
‘It struck me that I had never considered how ants see the world and that I would never know what it would truly feel like to be an ant. When I saw a middle-aged woman taking her baby for a walk in a stroller, I began wondering what she had looked like when she was younger, as a teenager or even as a little girl.
I started questioning what her life could be like; how much money was she making? What has happened to this woman throughout her life to make her the woman she is today? If things had been different, would she still be the same woman or would a different series of events fashion a different woman?
Noopept had made me zoom in on exactly what was happening at that very moment and had made me question everything about it. Usually I sit on that bench by myself completely cut off from the world by solely concentrating on my own issues, problems and thoughts.
I would think about mundane things such as different meals of the day, what had happened at work and my relationships with different people. My mind would be completely sealed off from everything else in the world.
I felt no different than on any other day when I sit down on the bench; the only thing different was that I was thinking of entirely different things. I was still myself, but with a fresh perspective of things. I was questioning things I usually overlooked. I usually contemplate these things, but hardly ever because more pressing issues in my life tend to block them out.
When on Noopept, moments such as this, where I see the world a new and start questioning the most random of things, are more common. Sometimes they last mere seconds; sometimes they can even last for a few hours. I always make a note of whenever this happens.’
The experience on Noopept was something I had never had before. I felt the urge to question everything, even things I had never even considered before, and I was thinking about things in a different way. My mind was working in a new and strange way.
As for the workout, it was noticeably a lot more productive than usual. I should explain that before working out, I usually take JACK3D and this, combined with the Noopept and Phrenylpiracetam, made my body feel almost invincible throughout the entire workout. I was able to get the full benefit from exercise and was constantly motivated.
That night, when it was time to go to bed, my mind still didn’t feel quite settled down, so I took 1mg of melatonin to help me sleep well.
Phenylpiracetam vs Other Racetams
Piracetam is a popular nootropic that has been studied and researched thoroughly. It increases cognitive ability and is thought to help combat a lack of oxygen in the cerebral cortex. Phenylpiracetam is a more recent discovery, with an added phenyl group which increased the potency of this nootropic.
Most of us have heard of phenylpiracetam because it got a lot of media attention when a Winter Olympian was disqualified and had her medal revoked because she tested positive for the nootropic phenylpiracetam.
Phenylpiracetam has a positive effect on the user’s performance, improving cognitive capabilities as well as physical stamina. This is the reason that phenylpiracetam was banned for use in professional competitive sports.
Does Phenylpiracetam provide a stimulant effect?
Although phenylpiracetam does increase an individual’s alertness and their ability to concentrate, it does not act like classic CNS stimulants like amphetamines, xanthines or eurogenics – in fact it doesn’t influence neurotransmitters in the same way.
Phenylpiracetam is known to affect both dopamine levels and noradrenaline levels, however the effects are nowhere near as strong as other stimulants.
CNS stimulants have some unavoidable side effects which include increased anxiety, an inability to sit still and relax and also a certain degree of irritability.
With the nootropic phenylpiracetam, although these side effects can still happen to certain individuals, the chances of experiencing these effects are much lower.
Phenylpiracetam does increase the user’s cognitive performance as well as an increasing alertness, but it carries a much lower risk than more traditional types of CNS stimulants. Much like oxiracetam, phenylpiracetam is one of the most stimulating of nootropics, so if you are finding yourself losing your focus then phenylpiracetam is certainly the one to go for.
Phenylpiracetam vs. Piracetam
We mentioned earlier the increased potency of phenylpiracetam compared to piracetam, the nootropic from which it is derived, however this bares little relevance to a comparison as they require very different dosages. Although the two nootropics have a very similar chemical structure to one another, taking a higher dose of piracetam will not give you the same results as a standard dose of phenylpiracetam.
Both phenylpiracetam and piracetam have a similar half-life to each other and almost a 100% bioavailability when taken orally.
However, what makes phenylpiracetam a lot better is the effectiveness when compared to piracetam. The added phenyl group gives a much bigger array of pharmacological effects, but also increases both concentration and reaction times much more effectively than piracetam.Read Our Piracetam Review Here
Phenylpiracetam vs. Noopept
In this instance, neither supplement is statistically more effective than the other. It comes down to you as an individual and how your body chemistry works. Both of these nootropics have different positives for different people, so the best way to find out is to try each one yourself.
Although you might hear that noopept is 1000 times more potent than piracetam and so much stronger than phenylpiracetam in potency too, the dosage is so varied that the potencies cannot be compared in this way.
As with most nootropics, your body will build up a tolerance to both phenylpiracetam and noopept to a certain degree.
Although there are few studies that actually compare these two nootropics, the general consensus is that phenylpiracetam has a much larger tolerance build-up than the comparison, noopept. Having said that, the lack of conclusive proof of this means it is difficult to make a steadfast conclusion on the tolerance build up.
Phenylpiracetam vs. Pramiracetam
This is probably the comparison to end all comparisons. Both of these nootropics are relatively inexpensive and both are becoming increasingly popular in the nootropic market.
As with many of these comparisons, the results are quite subjective as your individual biochemistry will play an important factor and everyone experiences things differently.
Phenylpiracetam is reported to be highly effective and powerful in many cases, but unfortunately in some cases it is reported as being ineffective, leaving the user muggy headed and feeling lethargic. Again this is a hard one to decipher because of this discrepancy in different reports. However, it is true that on a rare occasion few users report an opposite effect.
As mentioned previously, phenylpiracetam is reported to have a much higher tolerance build up when compared to other nootropics, but again this is disputed by other users. There is always a possibility that the nootropic is being purchased from a disreputable supplier which would account for the conflicting opinions on the matter. There have been reports of tolerance building up in a matter of days, which is why we believe there is a good chance the phenylpiracetam these individuals are receiving is not made to a high standard.
Pramiracetam does appear to have much more consistent results, however it has been around a lot longer so has already built up a strong backing from the nootropic community. Phenylpiracetam is now becoming increasingly popular with this community too and as a result, more manufacturers are creating the compound with the intention of becoming reputable suppliers. If our assumptions are correct, this could see an increase in positive reviews through better quality phenylpiracetam.
Again, the only way to know for sure is to find out for yourself. If you try both, you might find yourself steering to one more than the other, or you could use both to help combat the tolerance build up. Make sure you try to get reputable suppliers of quality nootropics as this might help get a better feel for each.
Remember both phenylpiracetam and pramiracetam are advanced nootropics, so make sure you have a thorough knowledge of acetylcholine and also choline before you start ordering your stock. If you are unsure about these supplements or about racetams and ampakines in general, please feel free to contact us.