A Quick Guide to Noopept | Nootropics Review
Noopept, commonly mistaken as a member of the Racetam family, was first developed in Russia in 1996. The relatively unknown little cousin to modafinil or Adderall, Noopept is generally seen as a low-cost and high-potency pharmaceutical nootropic.
We asked our team of nootropic experts to research Noopept ingredients, legality, side-effects, reviews, price, dosage and alternatives.
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The chemical structure of Noopept, also known as N-Phenylacetyl-L-Prolylglycine ethyl ester.
Full name N-Phenylacetyl-L-Prolylglycine ethyl ester, Noopept works by increasing the amount of acetylcholine that can reach the brain.
It also helps grow neurotrophins - proteins in our brain that builds and repair neurons.
Unfortunately, whilst some studies surrounding Noopept have been positive, it is still probably the least studied pharmaceutical nootropic to date, meaning we are still unsure about the full effects of taking Noopept.
Noopept sits in a legal grey area in the UK. The only place in the world where it is prescribed is Russia.
It is unclear whether or not Noopept was included in the 2016 Psychoactive Substances Act, but what is known is that in 2014 the MHRA seized a big shipment of Noopept - suggesting that it is a banned substance.
You'll probably be okay importing it for personal use, but if you buy more than a 3-months' supply, you'll be running the risk of it being seized.
Noopept side effects
Noopept is estimated to be 1000 times more potent than other piracetams. This is why you generally need to take a much smaller dose of it. However, this increased potency also increases the risk of getting the dose wrong and experiencing severe side effects.
Reported side effects include anxiety (usually when your choline levels are too low), increase or decreased appetite, brain fog (many users report feeling 'spaced out'), depression, anxiety, fatigue, restlessness, insomnia, and irritability.
A diagram showing the estimated effects of Noopept. Notice a high increase in performance followed by a significant crash.
Lots of users report that whilst there may be good short-term results, the side-effects in the long-term mean that taking Noopept can make you less productive.
A biohacking Youtuber by the name of Limitless Mindset tried 30mg (three doses) of Noopept every day for three weeks. He was disappointed. Unfortunately, the video has been since taken down.
He thought that it had a small longer-term benefit, but thought that the short-term effects were of little value. He even tried one dose using 100mg (highly not recommended) - but he said that it was like a big cup of coffee for about an hour.
You can buy Noopept in two forms: powder and capsules.
As a powder, you are usually looking at around £15 for 10 grams (about 15p a dose). It is slightly more expensive to buy it in a capsule - usually around £10 for 30 30mg capsules (33p per capsule).
Noopept is renowned for being significantly more potent than its nootropic brothers and sisters. It is important to take that into account if trying Noopept. Often, it is reported that less is more when it comes to the correct dosage of Noopept.
If you are ok with the legal status and potential for side effects, it is usually recommended to try Noopept in 10mg doses, twice a day. It is usually seen as relatively safe to increase to three 10mg doses if this is not sufficient.
Users who microdose typically consume 5-10mg of Noopept over the day, and some report that this has a significantly better effect than taking a larger dose.
Considering how powerful Noopept can be, the risk for side effects is heightened. Side effects for pharmaceutical nootropics can mean you are less productive in the long run.
For that reason, we recommend using a natural brain food supplement instead. The one we recommend is BrainZyme. You can find out why here.
In summary, Noopept works by creating the proteins your brain needs for growing and repairing its neurones. It also works by increasing the uptake of acetylcholine in your brain.
Noopept sits in a legal grey area in the UK, but you should be fine importing it in small quantities for personal use. UK doctors never prescribe it.
As Noopept is generally much stronger than alternative substances, there is an increased risk of side effects. Common side effects include anxiety, a change in appetite, brain fog and depression (to name just a few).
Because Noopept is generally stronger, it is usually recommended to take a much smaller dose than you would with other nootropics. The reviews for Noopept are mixed overall, but no more so than Adderall, modafinil or Ritalin.
Because of the risk of side-effects, and the legal grey-area Noopept puts you in, we recommend using a natural brain food supplement instead, such as BrainZyme.
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