The History of Noopept

Little is known about the origins of this apparently super strong racetam derivative. It was discovered by the Lekka laboratories in Russia around 2004, while they were working on a pramiracetam prototype to sell.  After modifying certain aspects they came up with noopept, which is also a nootropic substance just like all racetams, but is not a racetam itself. During their preliminary tests they noticed that it had an effect a thousand times greater than piracetam [1] .

They obtained the patent in 2006 when it was accepted as a supplement. By this time, no major side effects had been found after its frequent use. However, there haven’t been many studies conducted on the matter. There was one performed also in Russia, in Moscow in 2008 which compared the effects of Pramiracetam to those of Noopept. This study found no significant differences in its benefits for certain conditions, but it did find that a lower dose of Noopept was needed for the same effects of Pramiracetam [2].

Since it is not currently sold over the counter in many countries, there isn’t a lot of information available, mostly journals of people who have started trying it and have expressed mixed opinions about it, but most agree that it has had a positive effect on their cognitive skills [3].


Hopefully in the future we will know more about the origins of this substance, but for the moment, the laboratory that generated it is in no mood to let out its secrets. Meanwhile, all we seem to know for sure is that it works for most people, that it should be cycled, resting one month and taking it for two or three months tops in small doses of 10 or 20 mg. You can buy noopept from this neat store here.