Last updated: March 15, 2017
Long time nootropics users may think fasoracetam is a joke (there seems to be a new one released every month), but this is a new synthetic compound that is part of the racetam family. Synthesized in the 1960s, piracetam was the first of the family and continues to be one of the more famous nootropic drugs on the market.
The benefits of fasoracetam are largely anecdotal, but there is some preliminary research to back up the claims. As of writing, fasoracetam is being tested in Phase II/III clinical trials for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) .
Other touted benefits are related to memory protection  as is usual within the racetam family. There are also anxiety and mood related benefits that may be attributed to impacts on GABA production in the brain . Even though the evidence is scarce and not conclusive, there is much information to suggest that it can be an effective nootropic for general mental performance.
Also Known As
LAM 105, NFC-1, NS 105
Editors’ Thoughts on Fasoracetam
It never ceases to amaze me when new racetam analogs are released. There are even some that are discovered, but never make it to the general nootropics marketplace. Whatever the case, it seems the nootropics community is in love with racetams enough (as a family) that people are willing to try new analogs.
Mansal Denton, Nootropedia Editor
Benefits of Fasoracetam
The benefits of fasoracetam are mostly in anecdote, but there are some studies to suggest a correlation. Given that there are millions of children and adolescents using amphetamine-based ADHD medication, studies testing fasoracetam effects is a good sign. Even better, fasoracetam has made it to phase II and III of clinical trials , which could suggest a high effectiveness for this purpose. As of June 2016, the drug was still in these trials.
According to anecdotal evidence on fasoracetam benefits, the concentration and stimulation benefits are moderate. One person likened the stimulation effects to noopept and another said it was more of an energy boost than stimulation .
Aside from these focus and concentration related benefits, there is evidence for neuroprotective effects as well. One rat study showed that fasoracetam could prevent memory disruptions . This is common amongst the racetam line of drugs and makes sense that fasoracetam would display many of these same properties.
Another interesting benefit of fasoracetam is as an antidepressant and anxiolytic. A study of rats with learned helplessness showed that the drug had potent antidepressant effects without some of the side effects (such as MAOI interactions) . This study concluded that GABA (B) up-regulation was able to increase test results in the animals.
How Does Fasoracetam Work?
There is no conclusive evidence as to how fasoracetam works to improve cognition, but theories suggest it interacts with the cholinergic system and receptors of GABA and glutamate.
The GABA (B) up-regulation discussed in the benefits is another mechanism of action for the antidepressant and anxiety related benefits, but more information is needed to fully understand how fasoracetam works regarding memory formation and stimulation.
Side Effects of Fasoracetam
There are currently no known side effects of fasoracetam in the scientific literature, but that does not mean it is free from risks. Not only do any synthetic drugs come with risks, but anecdotal evidence in smart drug communities can tell us a few things about the drug.
For one, some anecdotal reports suggest reduction in orgasms. A specific individual has cited this effect, but seems rare and perhaps confounded with other variables.
There is no standardized dose of fasoracetam for humans yet. The anecdotal evidence suggests smaller doses range around 10 – 15 mg with larger doses in the 30 – 50 mg per serving three times per day.
The latter heavy dose was used by someone who tried using GABA up-regulation to resolve phenibut withdrawal symptoms, however.
How and Where to Buy Fasoracetam
Fasoracetam online is not difficult to find, but in your local health food or grocery store it will be impossible. This is a relatively new drug only discovered and brought to market in the past few years. It is still being tested in clinical studies as well.
If you want to buy fasoracetam, it is a good idea to stick to a Nootropedia recommended vendor. Specifically, Nootropics Depot sells fasoracetam of high quality with HPLC purity testing. You will find the information regarding the assay and heavy metals directly on the product page listed here.
Selected Community Experiences
“I have been dosing for 3 days now. I started noticing my legs were becoming relaxed as if I took a benzo combined with that sense of horniness phenibut gave me when I first began taking it… Now i’m feeling the orginal effects coming back stronger after each dose of Fasoracetam. I can honestly say I don’t feel many other effects aside from the Phenibut now. I’m dosing Phenibut low so its amazing that the effects are coming back with such low doses. I’m wondering if Fasoracetam will completely abolish all Phenibut Withdrawal.” – introspecta
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