Pramiracetam is a powerful nootropic drug and is an extremely potent Piracetam derivative. Out of all the commonly used ‘racetams Pramiracetam is by far the most potent.



  • Improves the effectiveness of brain training games such as the ones offered by Lumosity.
  • Improves memory [6][7][10]
  • Improves fluid intelligence [1][2][3][5][10]
  • Improves general cognitive functions [3]
  • Helps treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease[8][10]

What Is Pramiracetam?

Pramiracetam is yet another nootropic in the ever growing “racetam family”. If you have never heard of a “racetam” nootropic then you should read up on Piracetam first. It is the very first in the family and understanding how it works will better help you understand pramiracetam. Pramiracetam was based on piracetam but its creator claims it to be 8-30 times stronger than its predecessor. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that more people feel noticeable effects when taking pramiracetam.

It’s extremely low recommended dosage compared to the other ‘racetams attests to it’s potency. Unlike the other popular ‘racetams many people use it on an as needed basis rather than daily.

Medical Uses of Pramiracetam

Pramiracetam is a fairly new member of the ‘racetam family, and as such it is not yet well researched and is rarely used in a clinical setting. It is currently the subject of research to see how well it stacks up against other ‘racetams as a medicine. Ongoing studies are investigating its potential in treating Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Using Pramiracetam

Pramiracetam is one of the most powerful commonly used ‘racetams. It is said to be up to thirty times more powerful than Piracetam. Like the other ‘racetams, many people take Pramiracetam daily in order to improve their daily mental abilities. Some people only take Pramiracetam to improve their motivation to study or get alot of work done, however.

How to Take Pramiracetam

Pramiracetam capsules are difficult to find online, so taking it in bulk powder form will likely be the only option available. If you want to try Pramiracetam but prefer the convenience of capsules, consider investing in a capping machine. With this, you can easily pack bulk powder Pramiracetam into capsules that will make dosing throughout the day much easier.

Pramiracetam is fat soluble like Aniracetam, so mixing it with water or other beverages is not an effective way to take it. Placing some powder in your mouth and washing it down with a few sips of water is an easy way to take it, assuming the taste doesn’t bother you.

Dosing Pramiracetam

Doses administered during studies ranged from 75mg per day to 1,600mg per day. Keep in mind that it is far more potent than the other ‘racetams, so a dose of over 500mg is not recommended unless you find it is not effective at lower doses. As with all nootropics, it is best to start with a lower dose and work your way up if no side effects occur. Keep in mind larger doses won’t nescessarily improve the effects.

The half-life for pramiracetam ranges from 4.5-6.5 hours. This means you should take one dose in the morning and one dose 5.5 hours later.

How Does Pramiracetam Work?

Research has indicated that Pramiracetam increases Choline uptake in the brain. [1]This means that your brain uses up choline and turns it into acetylcholine (ACh) at a much faster rate. ACh is a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in many neurological functions.

ACh plays an important role in your brain’s ability to form and strengthen new connections between neurons, also known as synaptic plasticity. [2] Synaptic plasticity is closely tied with your short term memory, or working memory. The easier time your brain has creating and strengthening new connections between neurons, the easier you can create and store memories.

What’s even more interesting, is that scientists know for a fact that your working memory is closely tied with your fluid intelligence. [3][4] One recent study even revealed that a child’s working memory at 5 years of age is a better predictor of their academic success than their IQ. [5]

Safety and Side Effects of Pramiracetam

Less is known about Pramiracetam than some older ‘racetams, however like the other ‘racetams it appears to be extremely safe. In research Pramiracetam was used daily for up to 9 weeks without any adverse side effects.

A study conducted on 112 normal volunteers and 336 patients suffering from dementia revealed no adverse drug related changes. [9] All people in the study were given doses of either a single dose of 1,600mg or multiple doses ranging from 75 – 1500mg per day. These doses were administered for up to nine weeks. Side effects occured in 25% of patients taking pramiracetam and 17% of patients taking a placebo.

Common side effects may include headaches, nausea, and agitation. The headaches could be a result of choline deficieny and taking a choline supplement along with pramiracetam usually eliminates that side effect. Like the other ‘racetams, Pramiracetam shows no potential for addiction and has no withdrawal symptoms.


Pramiracetam FAQ

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about Pramiracetam. If you have a question that’s not on this list, send it to us at and we will answer it for you.

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Can I take Pramiracetam with other ‘racetams such as Piracetam?

Should I take Choline supplements with Pramiracetam?

How long does a single dose of Pramiracetam last?

Is it possible to overdose on Pramiracetam?

Is it safe to drink alcohol while on Pramiracetam?

Does Pramiracetam make a good study drug?

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What are some good alternatives to Pramiracetam?

Cited Studies

1. Some neurochemical properties of pramiracetam (CI-879), a new cognition-enhancing agent.

2. Focusing Effect of Acetylcholine on Neuroplasticity in the Human Motor Cortex. 

3. Improving fluid intelligence with training on working memory.

4. Working memory, fluid intelligence, and science learning. 

5. Intestigating the predictive roles of working memory and IQ in academic attainment. 

6. The effect of pramiracetam (CI-876) on the acquisition of radial arm maze task 

7. Memory training and drug therapy act differently on memory metamemory functioning: evidence from a pilot study. 

8. Nootropic drugs in Alzheimer’s disease; symptomatic treatment with pramiracetam

9. Safety of Pramiracetam.

10. Full-Text Excerpt of Smart Drugs & Nutrients – Section 4 – Pramiracetam.

11. Wellington Parc; Alzheimer’s FAQ 

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