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 the 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. 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.
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 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.