I don't think a review posted by "some dude" online is a good source of information. It's more useful to ask professionals, have a direct look at the current state of research on the topic or look up the results of clinical trials that were run with that substance.
As far as I know, Piracetam is more and more often prescribed to people it was not intended for (it's an antidementia drug). Work stress, the need for higher productivity, people want to be better at anything (meditation too!) etc. The reasons are manifold.
However, bigger empiricial studies like the one from the Cochrane collaboration
* (11959 participants) showed that piracetam didn't increase functioning levels for dementia patients and people with cognitive impairment beyond placebo (sugar) pills (More Infos on the cochrane collaboration here
)It's advertised as a wonderdrug by people who want to make a big profit but the science, especially from trustworthy sources, doesn't hold up for it beyond the placebo effect.
A Placebo effect is still something though. It also explains why it's supposed to do everything (more confidence, more productivity, more concentratin, become a better version of yourself, yay!)
It can still make you feel better and more confident etc. because the power of belief does work after all.
Though please consider the side effects that piracetam is proven to have after many clinical trials and that pharmaceutical companies are forced to print on sideffect labels if sold as a medicine in most countries:
Piracetam can cause and facilitate:
increased drive, Nervosity, restlessness, irritability, aggressiveness, shaking, depression, anxiety disorders, sleeplessness, tiredness, sleepiness, nausea, stomach ache, diarrhea, increase of weight...
also, but more uncommon: lowered bloodpressure (dangerous), increase in bloodpressure (dangerous), increased lust (libido), dizziness
very rare sideeffect (less than 1%): hallucinations, allergic reactions like anaphylactic shock (this can be deadly), confusion, skin irritation, itchiness, movementdisorders and balance disorders...
What's more, nobody really knows about the longterm effects of antidementia as far as I know. Clinical trials are not done to investigate effects 20 years later (that is very rare.) People get dementia in old age so observing long term effects wasn't really done there when clinical trials were run. If you're 20 or 30 and take antidementia, nobody really knows about the effects it could have on the brain decades later. It could increase the chance of developing braintumors or other brain diseases - nobody knows. As it meddles with blood pressure, one also can't rule out that it can increase the risk for heart diseases. There's certainly a risk of developing an emotional and/or psychology dependency the longer one takes them.
Mindstar wrote:Could it be to good to be true?
I hope you consider this question answered.
*Piracetam for dementia or cognitive impairment (Review) by Flicker L, Grimley Evans J