The Best Racetams On The Market

Written on January 25, 2023 by | Reviewed by William Gallagher, MNeuroSci

Many people know that racetams are a class of drugs designed to boost cognitive performance and mental energy. I've compiled a list of the top five best racetams on the market today!

  1. Piracetam
  2. Aniracetam
  3. Oxiracetam
  4. Phenylpiracetam
  5. Pramiracetam


Advertised primarily as a nootropic, piracetam is considered to be the first of the racetams and is closely related to aniracetam. Piracetam has actually been in use since the 1960s, and is often referred to as "the original racetam".

Piracetam is known for its powerful memory-enhancing effects and its ability to boost cognition. Studies have shown that it can improve both verbal and visual memory. It has also been found that piracetam can reduce anxiety by inhibiting GABA receptors.

There are a number of other psychological benefits associated with piracetam including an improvement in mood. Piracetam has been shown to boost attention span and reduce mental fatigue by increasing the availability of neurotransmitters.

Although piracetam is known for the potent cognitive effects it offers, this drug does have some serious side effects. It can cause headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Some people have reported experiencing anxiety and depression while using this drug.


Aniracetam is considered a slightly weaker version of Piracetam because it is not as potent as Piracetam when it comes to improving memory formation. It is still well known for its mood-boosting effects which include reducing anxiety and promoting a positive outlook.

Aniracetam is also known to improve focus and concentration by increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain. It has been shown to be effective in treating memory loss caused by various factors including aging, brain injury, alcoholism, and hypoxia.

Aniracetam can work as a "brake" on the cholinergic system in your body which is responsible for regulating energy levels and mood. Some people have reported that they feel more energized when taking aniracetam orally.

A study at Oxford University found that aniracetam could increase ATP in mice brains. ATP is a molecule that transports energy throughout the body and is essential for controlling mood and memory.


Oxiracetam (also known as Pemoline) is an old racetam that was created in the 1950s. It's also considered to be one of the weaker racetams. It's been shown to enhance learning and cognitive performance, but it is not thought to have any effect on memory associated with fear or anxiety.


Phenylpiracetam (also known as phenotropil) has been formulated in combination with Piracetam since 1984. It is said to be twenty times stronger than Piracetam.

This drug is more potent than any other racetam and has been said to improve concentration, memory, and decrease reaction time.


In recent years pramiracetam has become increasingly popular. It has shown strong signs of improving visual learning which may include reading ability, math skills, and other visual problem-solving. Pramiracetam is also known for its mood-boosting effects as well as its ability to help users stay focused.

Pramiracetam has a half-life of 10 hours when taken orally and five hours when injected intravenously. This is relatively long since most racetams have a half-life between two and four hours.

Although these are the top five racetams on the market today, they're not the only ones out there. Keep in mind that there are other racetams that can improve cognitive function, like Aniracetam, Oxiracetam, Etiracetam, and Noopept.

Why Racetam Nootropics Are Effective On Cognition

People use them as part of their nootropic stacks to improve memory and increase focus - especially for studying or doing work in school or at the office.

While it's true that racetams help people learn faster, I was surprised to learn that they may actually be stimulating your brain stem! That's right, not your cortex, but your brain stem (which is responsible for regulating arousal, attention, alertness and consciousness).

According to researchers in France, people who took Piracetam have reported an increased level of consciousness, and they experienced more intense sensations. They noted that the participants were able to tell when they had slept and how much sleep they had. This research suggests the possibility of a link between racetams and altered cognitive function.

A recent study from Japan investigated the effects of Piracetam on cortical excitability in young rats. They found that taking Piracetam led to increased cortical excitability and activity. This indicates that Piracetam can increase your brain's ability to learn, but it may also lead to hyperactivity which could contribute to symptoms of ADHD like impulsiveness and hyperactivity.

In Summary

Racetams are known to increase your brain's ability to learn quickly and even enhance memory. They may even help you stay focused while you're studying and performing other tasks.

While a racetam may be able to help you feel more alert (thus helping with concentration), it actually can also cause hyperactivity - which could lead to symptoms of ADHD.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding racetam nootropics. While some seem to think that they can do miracles, others feel like they're only a waste of money and time. A lot of research still needs to be done about these drugs to determine their effectiveness.

The Good: If you haven't heard anything about racetams yet, you at least have an idea about what they are now. You know that both piracetam and aniracetam have been around for quite some time now and have helped people with different issues such as Alzheimer's.

The Bad: You now know that they can also have a lot of negative side effects, especially when taken with other substances.

The Ugly: You are now aware of the controversy surrounding racetams and their effectiveness. How do you feel about them now? Do you think that they are a waste of time or do you still think that they may be helpful? What will you do with your racetam now?

No matter which side of the fence you're on, whether positive or negative, I'm certain that at least one thing has become clear to you today… racetams aren't all the same! They come in different forms and can be stacked with each other and other nootropics. They can also have both positive and negative side effects.

Hopefully I've helped you realize how important it is to do your research before taking any supplements. It can help you make an informed decision about what's right for you.