Types of Racetam Nootropics – Tips & Stacks for Beginners

One of the common mistakes when stacking nootropic racetams is selecting just one type of racetam. Most of those who commit this mistake think that racetams share similar cognitive enhancing properties and that they only need to select the type. This blunder is often made by those who have little experience with nootropics and did little research on the different types of racetams before stacking and starting with supplementation.

racetams typesWhile it is true that the sensitivity to racetams vary among individuals, it would be immensely helpful also to know racetams have varying effects apart from giving your cognitive functions a boost. This means that you can stack together several racetams to enjoy the benefits that are unique to each of the racetams you choose.


Before going any further, let us take a look at the most common racetams and examine their abilities and weaknesses.

PIRACETAM – Working and short term memory enhancement, increased learning abilities, anxiolytic and anti-depressant effects. Not as potent compared to other racetams.

OXIRACETAM – Better memory retention and recall (than piracetam), auditory perception enhancement (it makes you more perceptive to sounds).

PRAMIRACETAM – Increased concentration and mental focus, enhanced memory formation, better communication skills, anxiolytic and anti-depressant effects, sleep regulator, neuroprotective properties. Fat soluble, it has a short half-life, and it has a sedating effect.

ANIRACETAM – Anxiolytic effects and short term memory formation. Fat soluble and effects wear off quickly.

NEFIRACETAM – Neuroprotective abilities, long lasting effects, fast acting, mild and clean stimulant effects. It is not readily available and it requires a long loading phase, cycling, and consistent supplementation.

PHENYLPIRACETAM – 60 times more potent than piracetam, improves physical performance, better focus, increased learning abilities, it has neuroprotective abilities and gives you lucid dreams.  Your body develops a tolerance for it rather quickly and you might also develop insomnia.

Based on the different effects of the different racetams apart from cognitive enhancement, one can choose 2 or even three types of racetams to get as many benefits as you can from supplementation. After knowing how each racetam basically works and what their effects are the next important step towards creating your own multi-racetam stack is to test your choices of racetam and see how you respond to each of them.


When trying out each of your chosen racetam, keep in mind that the cognitive enhancing effects of racetams and most other nootropics for that matter, is very subtle and gradual. Unlike the instant buzz that you get from stimulants, alcohol, or from smoking, with racetams you may go “I think it is having an effect on me, but I’m not really sure.” Soon however, the effects on you will be noticeable. You will realize how easily you can dig up information and how much easier it is for you to perform mental tasks..

With this in mind, you can start trying out your choice of racetams and if possible, take down information for the following:

1. How Your Body Responds to the Racetam

Although there are some expected effects from each type of racetam, there is a chance that the effects may be different on you. Make a note of the effects it had on you, how long it took for you to notice even the slightest effects, and how long the effects lasted. See how the positives stack up with the negatives as far as the effects go. If you experienced any unpleasant side effects, see how long it took before the side effects to resolve.

2. Dosing

The doses when it comes to supplementation with racetams can get really tricky. There are some online suppliers of nootropics who harp upon how gazillion times more potent a particular nootropic is over another. However, when it comes to racetams, more does not necessarily mean better, but less also doesn’t mean more. Some users need to take only a small dose of a particular racetam, while others need a bit or much more. The key is to find the dose that will hit your sweet spot with your racetam of choice.  You can accomplish this by starting from the lowest effective dose of your chosen racetams (you need to do a bit of Googling for this part) and slowly work your way up until you get to the “hmmm… maybe, but I’m not sure,” stage.  Once you hit that stage, add a wee bit more to the dose and you have reached your sweet spot.

3. Tolerance

Some users develop a tolerance for the racetams over time. You’ll know it once you no longer feel the effects. It is tempting to just jack up the dose and go on your merry way as this will give you back the effects that you once enjoyed. However, this can get counterproductive at a certain point. Some users who have jacked their dosage way up reported experiencing effects that are the exact opposite of what the racetams should give you. Make a note of how long it took for you to develop a tolerance for the racetam. It will be best to lay off the racetam for a while once you develop a tolerance for it. This is also called cycling for those who are new to using supplements. You can also try out other types of nootropics for the meantime, but this may mess up your cycle, especially if your alternate nootropic has a similar mechanism of action to your racetam.


Admittedly, it does take quite a bit of time to test the racetams. However, it was necessary in order to figure out which one works best for you. This part is important even if you are not planning to use several racetams in a stack. It will also be helpful to continue reading up on racetams and even joining forums in order to gain more knowledge about the racetams you intend to use, as well as get some helpful tips from the experience of other users.

Stacking the racetams is even trickier and fussier than testing each of them. Once you have gotten past the testing stage however, you would have figured out which racetam works for you. By the time you are ready to create your multi-racetam stack, you are already benefitting from the effects of your chosen racetams. At this point you are most likely sharper, more perceptive, and feel motivated to accomplish any task at hand.

The steps to stacking your choice of racetams are similar to the steps you took when you tested each one individually. Based on some studies and the report of some users, some racetams are synergistic when used together and potentiates each other. What this means is that for some users, the effects of stacked racetams are even better. The caveat is that some users also report that the wrong combination can also be counterproductive.

When you begin stacking your racetams, you will need once again to make a note of the following:

a.       The effect of the stack. It will be a good idea not to have any solid expectation as far as the effects are concerned because our body can react in unexpected ways to different supplements, which in this case being racetams.

b.       Your optimal dose. Since some racetams are thought to be synergistic and potentiates each other, you best start once again from your least effective dose for each of the racetam that you have included in your stack.

c.       Tolerance. You still need to be on the lookout if you appear to be developing a tolerance for your multi-racetam stack. You’ll need to cycle each time you reach this stage, laying off your racetam stack for a specified span of time, enough for your system to once again become sensitive to racetam supplementation.


MULTI-RACETAM STACKEven if users react differently to a given multi-racetam stack, there are some racetam stacks that generally go together well for a specific purpose. The following are some of the racetam combination to meet a desired effect that is unique to the stack. It should be noted that the racetam stacks given suggested here are already expected to give you cognitive enhancing effects on memory, learning abilities, logical reasoning, and communication skills. What will be discussed with the stacks are the added benefits that can be gained from the particular combination.


Most of those who use this combination do so in order to increase their ability to focus. This stack will be helpful if you need a boost in concentration when preparing for an exam and or for a job interview and there are a lot of distractions. Piracetam and oxiracetam combo in theory will help you block out outside stimuli and at the same time give you razor sharp focus. Individuals suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also benefit from this combo.


This combination has potent cognitive enhancing effects and at the same time, it can also help stabilize your mood. If you are prone to having anxiety attacks or bouts of depression, this three racetam combo can be a real pepper upper. It can also increase your motivation, allowing you to accomplish and complete any tasks because of disinterest.


If you are physically active or the fitness buff type, combining these two racetams will help improve your physical performance. Phenylpiracetam is known to help endurance athletes to perform better, which is the same reason why it is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for major international sports competitions. The slight stimulant effect of Nefiracetam on the other hand, will give you additional motivation and pump while training. This combo is ideally taken together along with other pre-workout supplements. It should be noted however that Nefiracetam can potentiate the effects of caffeine, which is a common component in pre-workout supplements.


These two racetams are well-known for their neuroprotective abilities. This stack therefore, can be a preventive measure to a host of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cognitive decline due to ageing. In theory, it can also help recovering smokers, drug addicts, and alcoholics, especially when taken with other nootropics that promote neural stem growth like NSI-189. Users must note also that Nefiracetam has a stimulant effect, while Pramiracetam has a sedating effect. You can use more of either in order to benefit more from either the stimulant or sedating effects, or you can tweak your dosage in order to negate these two effects.


Your brain also needs boosting not only on analytical and logical skills, but also in terms of creativity and abstract thinking. The combination of these three racetams will help you with your focus and at the same time enhance your creativity, especially with the addition of aniracetam. Pramiracetam complements this added creativity by stabilizing your mood and make you feel relaxed to allow more of your creative juices to flow more freely. Phenylpiracetam helps this combo because of its ability to induce lucid dreaming. During episodes of lucid dreams, users of Phenylpiracetam report of being able come up with abstract and creative ways to handle tasks and various problems.


If you are curious to know what happens if you take all types of racetams at the same time, then you are not alone or will be the first one to consider it. There have been users who are curious and bold enough to try a combination of at least four different racetams at the same time. The users who have done it was able to accomplish it by adding the different racetams one at a time, gradually decreasing the dose for each as they were added. The effects of a racetam superstack however, are not very definitive as they vary greatly among the users who have done it. What can be said about the racetam superstack is that its effect is not much different from a stack that has only two or three racetams.  Keeping the number of racetams at two or three therefore, will be less fussy and it is likely to also be easier on the budget.


As if figuring the best racetams for you and determining the right combination were not complex enough, you can still maximize the potential of your multi-racetam stack by combining it with other types of nootropics. That is of course, you are still willing to make the extra effort to test and experiment more cognitive enhancing agents to see how it fits into your multi-racetam stack. This process can get a little tedious and there is no well-defined and correct way to go about it. You can go the same path with the additional nootropics in the same way that you experimented with your racetams or you can perhaps try another way to build around your multi-racetam stack.

The following cognitive enhancing agents are just some of the most common components to a nootropic stack.

Choline (choline bitartrate, choline citrate, Alpha GPC, citicholine)

Omega oils        


Huperzine A

Acetyl l-carnitine



Vitamin D

Vitamin A

Vitamin K

Vitamin B complex



It will be quite a tall task and definitely time consuming if you were to try out each one of these potential components to your multi-racetam stack. A good way of selecting your additional components to your stack would be to do your own research on each of them to see how their reported effects, abilities, and benefits will fit into the particular nootropic effect that you are gunning for.

This is not to say of course, that the multi-racetam stack that you have diligently built up will be less effective without the additional components mentioned above. If you are able to achieve the nootropic effects that you want from the racetams alone, then you are fine even with just the racetam stack that you have. However, if you think that your stack can use a bit more tweaking and enhancement, then you can perhaps try adding other types of nootropics to it.

To sum up, you can use two or more racetams as your cognitive enhancing agents as long as you are able to determine the types that best works for you. You also need to determine if the racetams that you have chosen to use together can combine to give you your desired effects, plus the benefits that are unique to each type.

Always keep in mind the variables that make your multi-racetam stack effective for you like your response to the combination, the doses, and the tolerance that your system might build up with long term supplementation. While you are encouraged to read about other user experiences, never lose sight of the fact that the best experience that you can learn from is your own. Don’t forget that it is always best to consult your physician before you start supplementing on any of the substances mentioned here.

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