Oxiracetam is a potent and popular nootropic that has been shown to enhance a broad range of cognitive processes such as memory, learning capacity, attention, and even verbal fluency
It also acts as a mild stimulant that may increase mental energy, alertness, and motivation.
- Improve Memory
- Enhance both memory formation and retention and positive effect on the speed of recall.
- Learning enhancement
- Improve overall concentration and focus, making it easier to learn for extended periods without waning interest or attentiveness.
- Enhance verbal fluency
- Neuroprotective properties that could potentially block the brain damage associated with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
- Alleviate blood-brain barrier dysfunction and protect against ischemic stroke.
- Promote wakefulness
- Act as a mild psychostimulant
- May stimulate the production of cellular energy
Oxiracetam affects both the cholinergic and glutamatergic systems and directly modulates the release of their respective neurotransmitters, acetylcholine and glutamate.
Both of these neurotransmitters are crucial to memory, learning, and overall cognitive function. This action is similar to that of other racetams, including piracetam, but oxiracetam’s effect is more potent and long-lasting.
Oxiracetam has also been shown to enhance neuronal communication in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that regulates emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system, by affecting lipid metabolism and stimulating the release of D-aspartic acid.
Both of these actions have the effect of improving neural signaling, which is closely associated with enhanced memory, cognition, and motivation.
Oxiracetam is known to act as a mild central nervous system stimulant.
This effect may be attributable in part to the fact that it is an ampakine.
Ampakines are compounds that interact with the glutamatergic AMPA receptors. Ampakines are classed as stimulants but appear to lack many of the classic adverse side effects, such as sleeplessness and feelings of nervousness, that are strongly associated with other stimulants such as amphetamine, caffeine, and methylphenidate (Ritalin).