The Racetams are a class of drugs that are all chemically similar. They all have a pyrrolidone nucleus. All of their names end in -am. Several, but not all, end in -tam or -etam. The first Racetam ever created was Piracetam. It was created in 1964 by Corneliu Giurgea. He was the first person to use the term “nootropic.” Some nootropics in this category, like Piracetam, have been extensively studied for decades. Others are much newer, and have not undergone any scientific testing on humans. For the Racetams that have been studied, they are generally well-tolerated and with few sideeffects. Taking a choline supplement (listed below) may increase the effectiveness of most Racetams while reducing the possibility of side-effects. Some of these nootropics, like Noopept and sunifiram for example, are not technically Racetams. But we are going to include them here because they were created from Racetams, and share many of the same benefits, side-effects, etc.