Phenylpiracetam is one of the most potent nootropics that are available on the market today. It is a relatively new nootropic from the racetam family and is a modified version of the original nootropic piracetam, except it is estimated to be 30 to 60 times more powerful, have better neuroprotective properties, and is reported to enhance physical performance. For all these reasons, phenylpiracetam is rapidly gaining prevalence among nootropic users.

Structurally, phenylpiracetam is essentially piracetam with a phenyl group attached to it. That makes it quite similar to piracetam, it’s parent molecule, but the addition of the phenyl group improves it in the following two ways:

  1. More Potent – Increased potency and stronger effects by allowing the molecule to pass the brain-blood barrier (BBB) easier.
  2. Energizing – More stimulating effects due to a closer resemblance to a phenethylamine substance, such as Adderall.

In comparison to other racetams, phenylpiracetam is quite potent and has a high bioavailability even when ingested orally. Its half-life is around 3-5 hours in humans.

Benefits and Effects

Phenylpiracetam increases memory and overall cognition better than piracetam, protects the brain, and has been reported to enhance physical performance. Phenylpiracetam is a great addition to any nootropic stack due to its strong effects and potent nature. Specifically, I would recommend it for athletes and students alike because of its stimulating and motivating nature. Not to mention, it provides you with an increased tolerance to stress which is a valuable bonus alongside the general increased cognition.

Phenylpiracetam has been even been given to Russian soldiers and astronauts for it’s ability to enhance the performance of both the mind and body.

In studies, phenylpiracetam has shown the following effects.

  • Improve memory, attention-switching, and problem-solving skills in patients with asthenia.
  • Increase locomotor and antidepressant activity and improve memory in rats.
  • Shown to prevent and reduce the effects of Amnesia.
  • Ability to suppress the anxiety and fear response in rats with induced immune stress.
  • Reported to reduce the effects of sleep deprivation for the duration of its effects by many users.
  • Reduces the effects of cold on our body by increasing ones tolerance to it.

For Studying and Learning

The benefits of phenylpiracetam are especially useful for studying and learning. It’s stimulating nature is great for an otherwise sleep deprived cram session, pretest focus aid, or just a general cognitive study enhancer. It’s effects on memory allow for complete retention enhancement. Motivation and mood enhancement allow for general better study as well. And finally, it’s ability to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety should allow for better studying under pressure.

For Athletes

Phenylpiracetam is also great for working out and enhancing athletic performance. It reduces the negative effects from stress on your body, which is invaluable for an athlete, increasing stamina, recovery, and endurance. This increased tolerance to stress also includes increasing your body’s tolerance to cold.

Phenylpiracetam also provides an energy similar to that of an amphetamine. That is, clean and focused energy because of the added phenyl group. Clean, focused, motivated energy without caffeine jitters is ideal in a compound to help optimize your performance during workouts or competitions. There also is not much of a crash, even when compared to caffeine.

Professional athletes should note that phenylpiracetam is on the World Anti-Doping’s banned substance list and should decide on phenylpiracetam supplementation accordingly.

How it Works

While the benefits of supplementing phenylpiracetam have been demonstrated inside and outside the lab, it’s exact mechanism of action isn’t fully understood.

It’s energy boosting properties may be due to the fact that the phenylpiracetam molecule closely resembles those of phenylethylamine, an organic compound which is known for it’s stimulatory effects. The benzene ring of the phenyl group likely also increases the affinity for neurotransmitter (norepinephrine and dopamine) transporters.


A typical dose of phenylpiracetam ranges from 100-200 mg per dose, taken up to three times a day. Because it is so potent, we recommend starting at the lower of end of the recommended range and then increasing if necessary.

Tolerance to phenylpiracetam is reported to develop relatively quickly, so it is advised not to take it as a daily supplement but instead as tool to augment your abilities when you need it the most or to cycle it.


Here is an example of how to include phenylpiracetam into your nootropic stack regimen.


As Needed for Studying/Workouts/Tests

This stack is especially suitable for students or athletes. A healthy balanced daily routine while saving the powerful effects of phenylpiracetam for when you need it most, enhancing just about every aspect of your mind and body. Expect extreme motivation, focus, energy, reduced need for sleep, increased stamina, and better mood. A great example that will allow you experience what nootropics are really capable of.

Side Effects

Like other nootropics in the racetam class, there are few reported side effects from supplementing phenylpiracetam when taken at the recommended dosages. If you do experience headaches, it may be a sign that you should add or increase your choline supplementation, which is usually recommended when taking racetams.

Where to Buy

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Closing Thoughts

Phenylpiracetam is quickly gaining popularity with nootropic users for it’s powerful effects. Consider trying it out as an interesting alternative to the more common racetams. As always, it’s recommended to start out by taking a low dosage, without other nootropics, to gauge your sensitivity to it.