Let’s talk about Fasoracetam, the newest member of the family of racetam nootropic drugs.
Although it’s new, it’s been highly tested by tens of thousands of people successfully, with very few side effects, and a lot of very strong benefits.
So what I’m going to do here is talk you through my own experiences, and the research I’ve done, to give you a review of everything you need to know.
I’ll tell you about the history of Fasoracetam, and why it was created. I’ll explain effects and benefits, and any side effects you need to be aware of.
I’ll then go into a bit of detail about how I used it, and the benefits I got from it, as well as how you can increase its potency by stacking it with another popular and well-tolerated nootropic.
The History Of Fasoracetam
Fasoracetam was first synthesized in the 1990s. It was created as a potential treatment for vascular dementia by pharmaceutical company in Japan.
The problem was, that it failed phase 3 clinical trials. The results were disappointing, and the side effects in relation to vascular dementia were off-putting.
So the formula was shelved, and left alone for a decade. Then, in 2013, a company bought the formula rights in order to test it as a potential treatment for ADHD.
The reason it was selected for trials is that ADHD in children have been found to have a mutation of the glutamate receptor. This is what can cause problems with a lack of attention and overexcitement, basically through the central nervous system being hit by more of the main excitatory neurotransmitter than it should.
However, the results of the trials were never published, and it’s never been submitted for full human trials in order to get regulated for use as an ADHD medication, or indeed anything else. So that means we also don’t know what problems they found in the trials.
The Effects & Benefits Of Fasoracetam
However, going on more than a decade of anecdotal use from users online, mainly on sites like Reddit, we do have a pretty good idea about the Fasoracetam effects you can expect, negative side effects, and how good it is as a nootropic smart drug.
I’ve used it myself on and off for a couple of years, and I’m pretty happy with the effects of it, and have worked out how to help minimize any side effects.
Just be aware that the Fasoracetam you’re buying is grey market stuff. It synthesized to the exact formula of the original, but it isn’t made in any regulated way. Having said that, with a good retailer you will always get provable purity reports, so you know exactly what you are consuming.
Generally though, based on my own experiences, and the buzz online, Fasoracetam is gaining traction as one of the modern nootropics of choice because the following positive effects & benefits:
1. Fasoracetam is a full agonist of all three glutamate receptors. The glutamate receptors are linked to memory, anxiety, pain, and learning. Regulation of glutamate levels, can enhance emotional balance, and helps with learning and overall focus.
2. Fasoracetam appears to raise GABA levels. This is our main inhibitory neurotransmitter. So what you’re getting with Fasoracetam is a nootropic that both raises our main excitatory neurotransmitter, and our main inhibitory neurotransmitter. So what you’re doing is working at a higher level while remaining in balance.
3. Fasoracetam can also elevate levels of ACh. This is the main neurotransmitter which helps to enhance memory, learning, and cognition.
Put together guys, you’ve got a nootropic that elevates levels of three of the main neurotransmitters involved with calmness, memory formation and recall, focus, and mood. Glutamate, GABA, and ACh, all elevated and regulated. It’s a potent balancing act.
To spell things out to you a bit further, taking a good dose of Fasoracetam can deliver the following practical benefits to you:
- Can improve memory
- Helps to sharpen your cognitive abilities
- Reduces forgetfulness and offers better memory recall
- Enhances our ability to form speech
- Decreases anxiety
- Promotes wakefulness
- Enhances outlook and mood
That’s quite a potent mix, and I’m telling you, from my own experiences, that you don’t need to smash a huge dose to experience up to 6 hours of those enhanced responses.
Fasoracetam Dosage & Half Life
The half life of Fasoracetam is unknown, but a single dose does appear to last around six hours, so for me, you’re talking about ½ life of three or four hours.
Fasoracetam is the most recent member of the family known as racetams, a loosely related collection of nootropic drugs that were originally designed for other purposes.
So it’s more potent than the original racetams, you simply get more bang for your buck.
There are only ever been human trials for Fasoracetam involving its used for ADHD. Those trials didn’t actually tell us that much because the dosage range was between 50 mg and 800 mg per day, and no consensus was reached on what level work best.
But I’ve seen online plenty of people saying that 20 mg is enough to get the effects. I don’t really understand how anyone could take as much as 800 mg, because I felt the effects of 20 mg, and 30 mg to me was a very strong dose.
I certainly don’t think I would sleep if I was taking more than a Fasoracetam dosage of 30 mg per day, especially if it was later than lunchtime.
My Experiences With Fasoracetam
Now I’ve given you some info about Fasoracetam generally, I want to talk to you about my own experiences using it.
For me, it was well tolerated. I took 10 mg, and then three hours later took another 10 mg. I definitely felt the effects, but it was minimized and smooth and nice throughout. It wasn’t until afterwards I really realized how much it had impacted me. This was similar to how I had felt using modafinil.
Fasoracetam certainly got me sharper cognitively. I could focus far longer, and it was productive focus, not jittery and bouncing around focusing on stuff which was an important. I still had control over what I focused on.
Overall, I was physically and mentally more alert. But also calm, but still determined. So I wanted to get things done, but I wasn’t anxious about it, I felt like it was going to happen.
I’ll also talk to you about the calmness. Fasoracetam definitely helps to calm you down. It has antidepressant qualities, and you’ll certainly notice them. It will lift your mood just a little bit.
At higher doses, I can imagine it feeling slightly detached, a bit numb. But then that’s not unlike antidepressants generally.
I think this is an important point for some people. I don’t know about you, but anxiety can make me feel detached, I think it’s your brain starting to detach itself to try and calm itself down. But with that spike of GABA, that all drifts away. If you want to get out of the anxiety prison, and function, a moderate dose of Fasoracetam could really help you.
Put it all together, and for me, my Fasoracetam experience was pretty damn good. Initially, I was concerned, but it was far more gentle than I had imagined, and I’ve used it on numerous occasions since great benefit cognitively.
I have seen some people writing the Fasoracetam hasn’t been that great for them, saying stuff like “but not smooth like piracetam, bolt-like, like phenylracetam, or subtle like anicetam”.
Now I haven’t experienced any of that, and I definitely found it to be one of the smoothest nootropic substances I have tried. Everyone is different, and experimentation is crucial.
Side Effects Fasoracetam To Watch Out For
One thing I think is positive is that it is similar to Phenibut and Noopept in its effects, but more subtle. What I like is that it doesn’t seem to have the potentially dependent qualities of those drugs, nor the bad withdrawal symptoms.
I took Fasoracetam at 10 mg per dose, twice daily, for three days straight, and I felt brilliant by the end of it. I did it like that for a month, and I didn’t once feel like I was going to get dependent, and I didn’t get Fasoracetam withdrawal symptoms. Perhaps it was still being taken in moderation compared to the dose needed to get that dependency.
One of the problems you could get is that when you stop you might get a deficiency of GABA. Because it’s the main inhibitory neurotransmitter that could lead to a spike in anxiety. So I would always taper down. If not lower doses, then space it out every other day, so you start to come down to earth in a gentle way.
The other thing is acetylcholine deficiency. This burns that neurotransmitter fast. So you will need a choline source to stack with Fasoracetam in order to stop the headaches that will come if you don’t.
How To Stack Fasoracetam To Create A Potent Nootropic Combo
You should always stack Fasoracetam with a choline source like Alpha-GPC.
But, something else you can do to create an incredible is to stack Fasoracetam with coluracetam.
My advice is 10 mg of both of these nootropics, with 250 mg a choline source.
You could also swap the coluracetam for 10 mg of Noopept instead. That will have a similar effect.
What you’re going to get with this simple Fasoracetam stack is significant cognitive enhancement benefits.
On top of that, you’ll feel so calm for quite a few hours. But you’re still be aware, still feeling vigilant and switched on.
Faster, better, more motivated, more fluent, calmer, just feeling better all round as long as you are careful with the dosage.
Fasoracetam Vs Noopept
Fasoracetam and Noopept do have similar abilities, you’ll feel more cognitively sharp, and calmer.
Noopept does cause anxiety in some people though. I haven’t seen that so much with Fasoracetam chat online, but some people do report it.
In essence, they are very similar, and you probably want to experiment with each individually, and see which one suits you best. If you like them both, you can combine them in a stack to enhance the benefits.
Fasoracetam Vs Phenibut
Phenibut is another substance which can be similar to Fasoracetam in its effects and benefits.
However, Phenibut is linked to significant side effects, especially very vicious withdrawal symptoms if you take high doses for a long time.
Personally, I tried Phenibut, but I would not advocate taking it regularly, there’s just too much risk of a really nasty time at the other end.
I would also suggest you do not stack Fasoracetam with Phenibut either.
Phenibut has been linked to inducing a lower seizure threshold in susceptible people. Fasoracetam can also do that to an extent, but mainly, the problem appears to be that Fasoracetam potentiate Phenibut.
So if you stack Phenibut with Fasoracetam, what you’re going to do is lower the chances of you having a seizure. It’s unlikely, but you are increasing the risk. For me, I just wouldn’t bother when you can take them individually, try many of the other nootropic drugs out there more safely.
Conclusion: An Incredibly Focusing And Motivating Nootropic
So the conclusion here, if you can call it review, is that Fasoracetam can have significant cognitive benefits.
It can also help significantly with anxiety symptoms, and simply makes you feel more confident in social situations especially.
If you got problems with depression, or detachment, Fasoracetam can also remove those.
Stick to a dose of 20 mg per day as a maximum, and I think you’ll feel the effects, especially if you build up over several days.
Experimentation is always key with nootropics, and I’d advocate you start with the lowest possible dose you can, and be very vigilant about how you feel. Never stack with anything until you have tried it for a significant length of time.
I see a lot of people moaning online about not trying Fasoracetam that much because it’s prohibitively expensive. I simply do not understand why these people get into their heads that it’s so expensive.
Sure, it’s more expensive than cheap Phenibut and Noopept, but you’re also getting a higher quality smart drug that doesn’t have the potential for such damaging withdrawal symptoms after you use it.
You could even buy Fasoracetam in bulk, by buying powder. That’s even cheaper, but a little more difficult consume. It is water-soluble though, so isn’t too much of a problem. I just love the convenience of the sublingual Fasoracetam liquid, you just drip under your tongue then let it absorb.