There are many drugs sold that functions are brain enhancers or cognitive enhancers. One of the most popularly used as those that belong under the racetam class. However, which really works best between all the members?
Who are the members of the Racetam Family?
There are four known members of the racetam family. Although the members share a common trait, each member still has its own function and role to play.
Piracetam.Piracetam is the cheapest of the family and also the least potent. However, that this does not mean that it does not work just less than the other members. This is highly recommended for first time users since it is mild. It is also the first nootropics to be synthesized and commercialized by Dr. Corneliu Giurgea in the early 1960s. It works best in boosting attention as well as a brain antioxidant. It can be taken with or without meals.
Aniracetam. Aniracetam is fat-soluble, meaning it should be taken with meals. It is utmost 5 times more potent than piracetam and is also more expensive. It is mainly used to lessen anxiety, enhance the mood, and promote motivation. It was developed during the 1970s.
Oxiracetam. Oxiracetam can either be as a capsule or an oxiracetam powder. It is highly soluble in water and was developed in the late 1970s. It is the best among the rest when it comes to logic enhancement and memory clarity. It is even reported to be clinically used for patients with dementia. It is more expensive than piracetam and aniracetam.
PramiracetamPramiracetam, like aniracetam, is fat-soluble and should be taken during or after meals preferably those with EFA (essential fatty acid). It was first used in the late 1970s. It is highly used a concentration booster and improves focus and attention. It is also the most expensive of the bunch and stronger than piracetam to up to 15 times.
Below is the general overview of each drug:
Piracetam– Taken usually 1 to 2 times a day with up to 2400 mg and can last up to 5 hours in efficacy.
Aniracetam– It can be taken from 1 to 3 times a day, usually after meals, with a 750 mg dose. The effects can last up to 2 hours.
Oxiracetam– It is taken 1 to 2 times per day on 750 mg dose and can last up to 8 hours. It is not advised to take this during or near bed time since it is highly stimulating.
Pramiracetam– Usually, 300 to 500 mg is taken 1 to 2 times a day during or after meals. It can last to up to 6 hours, and is usually recommended to be taken twice a day.