Oxiracetam is primarily known as a popular nootropic drug and is used for enhancing learning in students or preventing cognitive decline. According to various studies, it may also help in dementia disease. It has also been found that even when taken in high doses, Oxiracetam remains a safe drug to be consumed & a excellent overall nootropic supplement.
This drug is one of the racetams and differs from piracetam due to a single hydroxyl group. It is a synthetic molecule and is not found in nature or food sources. The research on Oxiracetam is still on-going, and there is some human evidence which shows that this nootropic does reduce the rate of cognitive decline; which is a natural loss due to aging. Its help in cognitive decline can be compared to that of Alpha-GC, but Oxiracetam has proven to be more potent than piracetam. If we talk about animal evidence, Oxiracetam has shown the robust reliability of preventing amnesia induced by anti-glutaminergic compounds in injections. The results in the tested mice show increasing memory formation in healthy mice.
How it works:
Oxiracetam is a positive AMPA modulator and works quite similarly to other racetam members such as piracetam when talking about mechanism and potency. But unlike them, this nootropic drug may have additional benefits such as increasing glutamate, acetylcholine and D-aspartic acid release from activated neurons; this two-folded process enhances glutamate release and positively modulates the receptors it signals through. All of this ultimately leads to increased metabolic activity in neuronal cells and enhances memory formation.
Tips For Taking Oxiracetam:
If your health care professional deems Oxiracetam fit for you, they will prescribe you suitable dosage which lies between the ranges of 1,200-2,400 mg in a day, divided into 2-3 dosing periods. There is no detailed assessment of its benefits of taking with a meal, but it is recommended that you make it approximately an hour before your learning activity for better performance.
There are comparatively fewer counts of Oxiracetam’s side effects. The ones that do exist however are quite mild and can be taken care of comfortably.
Common side effects of this nootropic drug have been listed as follows:
Insomnia or excessive sleepiness
Short term side effects of this drug include:
Recurring vivid dreams
Trouble eating foods
As mentioned above, Oxiracetam works quite similarly to other racetam members; it is logical to assume they have similar drug interactions. If you take anti-convulsant drugs like Tegretol, Oxiracetam may react with its primary ingredient Carbamazepine and may affect the nootropics efficiency.
The same is valid for taking this drug with Valproic, anticholinergic and cholinergic medications.Oxiracetam is also known for lowering your tolerance to alcohol and can cause a decrease in blood platelet aggregation; hence blood-thinning medications should also be avoided.
It is highly recommended that you provide your doctor with your medical history so that they can make an informed decision about the correct dosage.