What is the Right Piracetam Dosage?

Summary

Recommended piracetam dosage: 1600 mg x 3 times per day (total of 4800 mg)

This is the higher end of the dose range for piracetam. Other suggestions start around 1600 mg per day.

The piracetam dosage that is most useful will depend on the individual. Piracetam studies show a high inter-individual variability, which means the drug’s efficacy depends on the biochemistry of each individual.

IMPORTANT: These are the standard recommendations. Read below for some interesting insights to consider before buying piracetam or consuming it.

Recommended vs. Large Piracetam Dosage

Many people within the nootropics community consider piracetam to be a memory enhancing drug that has weak effects and thus requires much higher doses. The effects of racetams are not usually stimulatory or “felt” in any way and some people mistake the subtlety for lack of efficacy.

Some people then utilize a much higher piracetam dosage to get the cognitive effects of the drug. Sometimes this can lead to side effects, such as headaches, nausea, and gastrointestinal distress. Other times it is more effective at improving memory formation and learning.

Scientific literature also takes a more liberal approach to the dosage of piracetam. Despite most recommendations having 4800 mg as the high end of the range, one study on Alzheimer’s disease used 8 grams of piracetam per day for a year [1].

Another study showed that a dosage comparison of 2400 mg vs. 4800 mg per day showed the higher dose was more effective. However, this is in persons with cognitive decline that have an average age of 73.2 years [2]. The same effects may not be seen for healthy young adults.

Solubility and Bioavailability

When taking piracetam, there is no need to take it with a fat source. Piracetam is water-soluble and doesn’t need to be taken with food or fat of any kind. Piracetam is also relatively bioavailable, which means it is well-absorbed and utilized by the body. It takes longer than other racetams, such as aniracetam, but has a longer half-life as well [3].

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Piracetam Dosage – What’s Wrong With Your Info

There are reasons for many doses and recommendations within the nootropics community. Although many people may fight us on this topic, we are firm believers that the true piracetam dosage is higher than even the highest recommended value.

As we mentioned above (as it is conventional wisdom), the standard dosage of piracetam is 1600 – 4800 mg per day. The problem with this dosage is how far it often is from the doses that scientists have used in academic research.

A quick look at the majority of studies shows doses that go all the way to 9600 mg per day. In fact, many of the piracetam evidence is using 5600 – 9600 mg per day. That range seems above average and we do not recommend anyone start with that, but it is interesting given how people view piracetam commonly.

Much of the information regarding piracetam is that it simply “doesn’t work” or that there is no sensation or feeling associated with the drug at all. This may be true for many people no matter the dosage, but perhaps it is also due to the relatively low dosage that has circulated the blogosphere.

How to Take Higher Doses of Piracetam Safely

Obviously we’re not recommending going out and “mega-dosing” piracetam. Instead, we want readers to take a bigger-picture approach. Alex Shulgin, a famous scientist and biochemist, created a particular method for taking any kind of substance. First, start with a micro-dose to rule out any kind of allergens. A fraction (maybe 1/4 – 1/10) of the dose will help with that process.

Afterwards, take half of a dose. With piracetam that might be 3600 mg, but the point is to see how your body responds to half a normal dose. Then take a full dose and incrementally move yourself up to the 5 – 10 gram range if you are curious in seeing the effects.

Luckily, most of the side effects of piracetam are at higher dose ranges and pretty minimal compared with other more powerful drugs.

References (Click to Expand)

  1. //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8437693
  2. //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/786310
  3. //www.springerlink.com/content/kf8rxq89be0nw8hx/