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Phenylpiracetam is more than a smart drug

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The substance phenylpiracetam is the active component of a drug which is commercially better known as Carphedon or Phenotropil. It is best known for being a nootropic, what people tend to call a “smart drug” – a substance which is meant to enhance your cognitive abilities on various levels.


However, what you may not know is that it has several other extremely useful applications, aside from the most espoused ones of improving your memory and your brain functions in general.

In fact, this is a fairly common case with certain kinds of medication. It often happens that the medicines meant to treat some particular kind of problem end up affecting other, more or less closely, related health problems long the way. For example, a recently approved weight loss drug ended up having a noticeable positive effect on diabetes – which is a health condition directly linked to excessive weight or outright obesity. You can learn more about this “added effect” in this informative review.

Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the many various benefits of phenylpiracetam.

Combating anxiety and depression symptoms

When it was still in the animal testing phase of its development, phenylpiracetam was given to mice and rats to observe how their mental condition would be affected.

It was shown that it reduces the level of anxiety in mice and increases their exploratory behavior. In more simple terms, it helped the mice feel less nervous when they found themselves in an unfamiliar environment, and instead of cowering in a corner, they had enough self-confidence to go exploring around.

Also, in mice and rats with drug-induced psychosis, phenylpiracetam has successfully reduced the symptoms of both anxiety and depression.

Most importantly, it achieved positive effects in the phase of human trials as well. For ninety-nine patients who had suffered brain damage, either from stroke or as a post-surgery phase, their related anxiety and depression was markedly lowered after one month of this treatment.

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However, note that it takes a little time for the effects to kick in. this was shown in a 2014 study of thirty-five patients who had anxiety and depressive disorders in conjunction with heart disease. Their anxiety was reduced after twelve weeks of treatment, but there were not any noticeable effects after four to eight weeks.

Boosting your energy levels

During the animal testing phase of phenylpiracetam, it was shown to increase the movement level and physical activity duration in mice. Also, when an open-field test was conducted with rats, they traveled long distances and at greater speeds.

To confirm these findings in the human context, a study was conducted in 2014 with 1170 patients. These people had all suffered either from chronic fatigue syndrome or from ischemia (which is chronically low blood flow in the brain). After one month of taking the medicine, they reported that their fatigue was significantly reduced.


Reducing your overall weight gain

Although it is primarily a nootropic substance, phenylpiracetam might also be sorted into the ranks of drugs which support the process of weight loss in adults. When tested on obese rats, it has reduced the increased level of their fat mass, achieved a significant lowering of the rate of body weight gain, as well as lowering the rats’ blood sugar. These effects directly translate to benefits for human users of the drug, as well.

Boosting your immune system

While it was being tested before its release, it has been noticed that phenylpiracetam had a positive effect on mice that had overactive immune systems. This caught the eye of researchers back in 2011, and you can read more at this link at NCBI.

Also, when given to rats whose immune systems were suppressed, as opposed to overactive, the medicine was shown to restore the rats’ levels of the IL-1, IL-4, and IL-6 cytokines. Cytokines are basically small proteins that are responsible for the signaling system in between individual cells.