Oxiracetam: Memory Boosting Nootropic

Oxiracetam Nootropic

Oxiracetam is one of the compounds found in the Racetam family, and is one of the most well-established Nootropic compounds available. Oxiracetam has shown the ability to benefit learning ability, retention of memory, sociability, and also offers neuroprotective and neuroregenerative benefits to those suffering from dementia 1. Oxiracetam is a synthetic Nootropic that is not found naturally in nature or food and is water soluble. A typical Oxiracetam dosage ranges from 300-750mg, although there are many accounts of those taking doses greater than 1g without unpleasant side effects.

Benefits of Oxiracetam

Oxiracetam is thought to act on the acetylcholine and cholinergic pathways of the brain. This provides a stimulating effect that isn’t typically mood-affective like other racetams like Aniracetam. Oxiracetam is currently considered a non-food, unapproved drug by the FDA and therefore exists in a bit of a regulatory grey area. Oxiracetam has been widely investigated for its application in the reduction of dementia-related symptoms, as well as its ability to offer neuroprotective action. Results vary, but Oxiracetam is generally regarded as being able to offer much benefit to those suffering with dementia, and typically over the age of 65. Clinical data regarding Oxiracetam usage in humans is lacking to make any broad-sweeping claims as to the benefit of this compound, but several animal studies have shown highly–beneficial neuroregenerative action and neuroprotective action seen with the administration of Oxiracetam 2.

Oxiracetam is regarded as offering the ability to greatly enhance the logical, decision–making capacity of the mind

Anecdotal evidence, much of which is taken from online accounts of individual user experiences, illustrates a very exciting range of potential benefits offered by Oxiracetam.  Oxiracetam is regarded as offering the ability to greatly enhance the logical, decision–making capacity of the mind and many users describe a more ‘level-headed’ approach in decision making. Oxiracetam is regarded as being a memory-enhancing compound, especially with regards to long-term memory formation and the absorption of new information. Oxiracteam is also known to increase attention span, improve the speed at which one is able to process information, and generally improve the overall learning ability of the user. For these reasons, Oxiracetam is often preferred by many academic users in place of more extreme alternatives such as Adderal, Vyvanse, and Ritalin.

Oxiracetam vs Aniracetam

Oxiracetam and Aniracetam are both known to exhibit stronger overall effects than Piracetam, and are generally regarded as both being among the most popular of all Racetam Nootropics. Oxiracetam is known to be more stimulating than Aniracetam, and also less-affective towards mood and emotions. Oxiracetam is generally taken by people who have issues responding to Piracetam, or simply want more pronounced effects. The experience of Oxiracetam is often summarized as a generalized stimulation of mental energy, and is interpreted by many as having a slightly anxious ‘edge’ in some cases. Aniracetam is a fat-soluble compound and must be taken with fats, or with a meal, to be properly absorbed by the body. Oxiracetam is water soluble and can easily be administered between meals and is easily mixable in a glass of water.

Oxiracetam vs Piracetam

Oxiracetam is very similar to Piracetam, and is generally thought simply to be a stronger version. Many anecdotal accounts of Oxiracetam tend to illustrate its effects as being more suited to the analysis and learning of new technical information. Piracetam on the other hand, is regarded as being more psychoactive and able to increase sensory perception, increase sociability, and may affect the way you hear sounds. Ultimately, both Oxiracetam and Piracetam both offer benefit to overall cognitive functions. These compounds have both been used to investigate the healing of damaged brain tissues from injury, stroke, or degeneration. Generally, Oxiracetam seems preferred for application such as studying and learning new information while Piracetam seems to be preferred for the use in social settings and more recreationally.

Oxiracetam Dosage

As with nearly all Nootropic compounds the recommended dosages vary largely and are largely individual dependent, as well as dependent on individual goals. The typical dosage of Oxiracetam is recommended by most compound retailers as somewhere in the 750mg to 1000mg twice a day range. In cases such as these, it’s often best to look to reported dosages used in clinical settings, which offer non-subjective usage and averages across multiple people. The most commonly-seen clinical dose given seems to be 800mg, seen used in several studies investigating the effects and benefits of Oxiracetam in human trials.345

Oxiracetam Side Effects

Oxiracetam is a non-toxic, non-food compound, and is therefore technically not considered a supplement in the eyes of the FDA. However, Oxiracetam is generally regarded as being a very safe compound, and can be taken in fairly high and fairly wide-ranging dosages. Generally speaking, side effects are only reported by users that take somewhat ‘heroic’ doses of more than 3-4 grams per day. In these types of circumstances, Oxiracetam can be known to cause headaches, insomnia, dizziness, anxiety, and nausea. These side effects are rare, and are generally reported as being mild when experienced.


As with most synthetic Nootropic compounds, there exists only a thin amount of clinical data. Most of what we know about compounds like Oxiracetam has come from anecdotal accounts and of 1 type records. When experimenting with compounds expected to alter brain function, it’s important to tread carefully. Oxiracetam is regarded by many to produce a mentally stimulating effect devoid of any emotional affect. This is regarded by many to be ideal for studying and endeavoring in mentally-intensive activity such as computer programming or mathematics. Familiarizing yourself with Oxiracetam may help you better understand what types of compounds may provide you benefit in particular circumstances where you need a little bit more than just natural effects. While the side effects, dosage, and overall safety of Oxiracetam isn’t well-defined—it’s likely safe to regard it as a much safer alternative than Adderrall, Vyvanse, or other pharmaceutical stimulants.

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