Aniracetam is more potent than piracetam and other analogues so there are more side effects. Benefits of aniracetam include improved memory, short term attention / focus enhancement, and stress / anxiety reduction. It is being used for positive side effects on Alzheimer’s and senile dementia patients as well as people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Quick Side Effect Facts:
- Positive effect on memory formation (reference)
- Fast acting / potent racetam (ref)
- Reduces stress and anxiety (ref)
- Strong memory protection in Alzheimer’s / senile dementia patients (ref)
- Mild brain fog, upset stomach, and headache (often due to lack of choline)
Even though aniracetam is one of the most popular nootropics,you should still consider research and experiences about the side effects of the drug. While there are mostly positive effects, there are some negative side effects that might impact your decision to either continue using the drug or use it in the first place. Luckily, most of the side effects can be prevented with the right measures.
Effects of Aniracetam
The most important effect of aniracetam is an increase in memory retention and learning ability. This is what most of the studies focus on and aniracetam is used as a prescription drug to treat elderly individuals who are not able to remember as clearly. However, there are more effects of aniracetam, such as reducing anxiety and improving focus and attention, that vary from person to person.
Many of the aniracetam effects are positive for people who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder. Usually aniracetam helps them to calm down and be more present to the things going on around them. The aniracetam effects for anxiety are not always positive or prevalent, however. Some people struggle with aniracetam side effects and anxiety is one of them. While this is not very common, it does happen at times.
Wondering what are the benefits of aniracetam and how do they compare with the side effects? This is a question of risk and reward that only you can decide for yourself. However, most people find that the aniracetam side effects are not that problematic.
Side Effects of Aniracetam
One of the main concerns is health and headache symptoms. Some people struggle with overcoming side effects because they do not understand the mechanism of the drug. Aniracetam (and most others in the family) are most effective at memory formation because they increase utilization and uptake of acetylcholine into the hipppocampus. When there is not enough acetylcholine (a basic neurotransmitter) from dietary choline, then it is possible to have jaw pain and headaches.
There are headache prevention techniques that stem from taking choline supplements in order to have the raw materials to utilize the drug effectively. Make sure that you test out different types of choline (we recommend CDP choline (citicholine) and alpha GPC because they are the most bioavailable) to see what works best for you.
Finally, there are some issues when extreme “mega-doses” are taken. Aniracetam dangers and toxicity are not often discussed because it requires such a high dose of aniracetam to cause negative health effects. Nonetheless, it is important to note how it could create a negative side effect if you are not careful. Try to incrementally dose yourself with aniracetam so you get the most out of it without overdoing the dosage.