After the discovery of the first nootropic racetam back in the 60’s, scientist scurried to find more analogues and variations of the racetam class as they were proving to be so interesting. This research led to the discovery of many more racetams, with the first being Oxiracetam. This was the product of years of trial and error to find a more potent version of these compounds. It was quickly found that Oxiracetam was not only a more potent alternative but also had a much faster onset of action within the body, reaching peak plasma levels in as little as 60 minutes after administration.
It is generally advised that Oxiracetam be taken with a good source of choline such as Citicoline or Alpha GPC, as the body’s requirement for choline is raised while Oxiracetam is working. Oxiracetam is extremely popular with elderly people and students alike, due to its psychostimulant properties and effects as a promoter of Long Term Potentiation (LTP).
How does Oxiracetam work?
Much of the mechanism surrounding the effectiveness of Oxiracetam is centred on its ability increase cerebral acetylcholine levels. This boost has many beneficial actions on the brain which are important in improving the speed and quality of general cognition. Acetylcholine is responsible for sustaining our focus and attention on task, as well as having a key role in neuronal plasticity and the improvement of our sleep patterns.Oxiracetam is further able to promote the feeling of wakefulness and excitation via the cerebral release of Glutamate. This neurotransmitter is responsible for stimulation in the brain but is also very influential on the our learning and memory pathways.