Pramiracetam is a synthetic Racetam derivative for the purpose of cognitive enhancement, with preliminary evidence to support its usage in aiding long-term memory formation. Although the mechanisms are not well known at this time, it might enhance Acetylcholine synthesis (vital to cognitive function).
Pramiracetam is a Racetam molecule that was initially synthesized from Piracetam due to its modifications having more anti-amnesiac potential in rats. Relative to the other Racetams, Pramiracetam is not that well researched but does appear to have some human evidence.
When looking at the animal evidence, otherwise healthy young and old rats seem to experience benefits to long-term memory formation with supplementation of Pramiracetam. It appears to be effective when taken acutely (1-2 hours) before cognitive testing, and studies looking at working memory do not note much effects. Human studies support this, but they are limited in statistical power and currently there are no human studies in otherwise healthy youth for the purpose of cognitive enhancement.
The mechanisms of Pramiracetam are not fully understood, but it appears to alter EEG activity in all tested rats (young and old) and may be able to enhance high-affinity choline uptake. It's similar to Piracetam and other Racetams in the sense that its mechanisms seem dependent on the adrenal glands and some peripheral effects, but beyond that the mechanisms have not been further elucidated.
Pramiracetam (N-[2-[Di(propan-2-yl) amino] ethyl]-2-(2-Oxopyrrolidin-1-yl) acetamide or CI-879) is one of the newer nootropics in the Racetam-family.
Pramiracetam was developed by Parke-Davis in the late 1970’s from Piracetam by substituting the amide group with a Dipropan-2-Ylaminoethyl group. Parke-Davis was once America’s largest and oldest drug maker. It has since been acquired by Pfizer as part of their acquisition of Warner-Lambert in 2000.
Parke-Davis has an interesting history and were pioneers in many areas including drugs that affect cognition. Even conducting some research with peyote in the early 1900’s.
Pramiracetam as a nootropic is legal, and sold in many parts of the world as the prescription drug Pramistar, Neupramir, or Remen. In the United States, Pramiracetam is sold as an OTC research compound’, and readily available to the Nootropics community.
Pramiracetam shares a unique quality with Coluracetam in the racetam-class of nootropics. Its primary method of action is boosting high affinity choline uptake (HACU) in the hippocampus. It helps increase acetylcholine synthesis and function which helps overall cognition, improved memory and recall, learning, and focus.
Pramiracetam has been shown in the lab to not directly influence GABA, dopamine, norepinephrine, or serotonin in the brain. So don’t look to Pramiracetam to correct mood and anxiety issues.
Pramiracetam does increase nitric oxide activity in your brain. Helping to increase cerebral circulation which improves the efficiency of brain cells needed for motor function, learning and visual function.
Pramiracetam boosts brain health and function in several ways. But two in particular stand out.
1. Several animal and human studies show that Pramiracetam has a significant impact on memory.
In this animal study researchers administered Pramiracetam to rats in a one-trial test. This is significant because it proves that Pramiracetam works right out of the gate. It doesn’t take multiple doses, or a couple of weeks to build up in your system. It works on the first day you use it.
The scientists found that rats had a significant improvement in retention by using Pramiracetam. And the effect lasted for 24 hours.
High affinity Choline uptake (HACU) is the uptake of Choline in synapses needed for Acetylcholine (ACh) synthesis. This is a critical link in the chain of events needed for your brain to make ACh. Studies with Pramiracetam and other Racetam Nootropics like Coluracetam show that boosting HACU increases memory. And even restores memory function in parts of the brain that have been damaged.
As we get older, our brain chemistry and metabolism changes. And it seems these changes are affecting younger and younger people.
↓ Nitric Oxide levels decline
All of these changes are contributing factors to age-related cognitive decline. Early signs of these effects can be seen in poor decision-making, difficulty learning, and even recalling simple things like an important appointment.
But even if you’re not concerned with the signs of aging, Pramiracetam can help.
Pramiracetam helps boost acetylcholine (ACh) synthesis and use in your brain, and increases cerebral circulation.
As a Nootropic, Pramiracetam easily crosses the blood-brain barrier. And since it is fat-soluble, it must be taken with a healthy fat to ensure absorption.
Pramiracetam increases the amount and efficiency of acetylcholine by influencing the high affinity Choline uptake (HACU) system in your brain. This increase in ACh can have a profound effect on overall cognition and memory.
With Pramiracetam, you’ll find it easier to focus and learning ability will improve. This increase in ACh in your hippocampus helps with logic and understanding complex mathematical and technical subjects if that’s your thing.
Increased neuroplasticity from more acetylcholine and improved cerebral circulation affects long-term potentiation. So you may find it easier to recall long-forgotten memories.
Many neurohackers report that taking Pramiracetam quickly gets your brain firing on cylinders. There is an intense increase in focus and possibly even a boost in confidence.
But once you get accustomed to this laser-like focus, the novelty wears off and you become used to being able to focus at will. Pramiracetam is reported to be great for intense, long study sessions. Or when you face logical, attention-based tasks where you need sharp focus. Like when you’re doing a presentation before the Board, or a group of VC’s.
This Nootropic makes burning through tedious, arduous tasks that require a level of sustained focus easier, and that would otherwise seem difficult.
Others report improved recall ability, fluidity of thought, and ease of verbal communication and numerical calculations.
Researchers working with old Fisher-344 rats found that the aged rats had a consistently different EEG profile from young rats. They found slow brain waves were present in both the frontal cerebral cortex and hippocampus. Theta brain wave activity was missing altogether but was dominant in the brains of young rats.
Theta brain waves are associated with creativity, integrative experiences and relief from trauma. Theta waves are commonly experienced by meditators. An “ah-ha moment” is a burst of Theta waves in your brain.
This research team found that Pramiracetam normalized brain wave activity in the old rats. And even more interesting was that its older sibling Piracetam did not produce this effect on brain waves. and that tolerance to Piracetam was a problem.
While it hasn’t been proven in the lab, this study shows that Pramiracetam would be of benefit to the older generation looking to improve cognitive function.
Researchers in Italy investigated Pramiracetam effects on memory, and memory training by a therapist. Types of memory measured were objective memory and metamemory performance.
Metamemory is both the inner-knowledge of one’s own memories combined with the processes for formulating new memories with no inner-knowledge.
35 healthy volunteers were chosen with an average age of 64.8 years. 10 subjects received memory training only, 8 received Pramiracetam, 10 received both memory training and Pramiracetam, and the control group received nothing.
Results of the study showed that those receiving both memory training and Pramiracetam experienced a significant improvement in memory. Followed by the Pramiracetam group. The memory training-only group and control group scored the lowest.
The research team concluded that Pramiracetam significantly improves memory. And the addition of memory training to Pramiracetam has an even more profound effect of both types of memory measured.
This double-blind placebo-controlled study worked with young males who suffered cognition problems due to brain injuries. The men had problems with memory and recall.
One group received 400 mg of Pramiracetam daily for 18 months. And the other group a placebo. Memory was measured during the trial and for 1-month after Pramiracetam was discontinued.
The researchers found that Pramiracetam produced a significant improvement in cognition, memory and recall.
Pramiracetam is non-toxic. So is considered well-tolerated and safe.
As with many of the Racetams, Pramiracetam can cause headaches because it boosts the use of acetylcholine in your brain. Choline supplements like Alpha GPC or Citicoline (CDP-Choline) can help you avoid this side effect.
Many neurohackers also find that stacking Pramiracetam with a choline supplement boosts the effect with improved memory and cognition. And this is supported in several research studies.
Some users report that Pramiracetam blunts their emotions. Decisions when it comes life and work issues are logic-based rather than emotional. This can be good or bad depending on the situation of course. You could call it “emotional objectivity”.
Pramiracetam is sold in tablet, capsule and powder form. Tablets and capsules are usually 250 or 300 mg each.
In Europe, Pramiracetam is a prescription drug under brand names Pramistar, Neupramir, or Remen.
Currently, the evidence using Pramiracetam in humans uses either 400mg thrice daily or 600mg twice daily; both of these dosing regiments totals 1,200mg of Pramiracetam daily.
It is unsure if Pramiracetam should be taken with meals, and it is not clear if 1,200mg is the optimal dosage or not. This dose however, does appear effective.
You can safely boost daily intake of Pramiracetam to 1500 mg if needed. But most find that lower doses are more effective.