Nearly five decades have been passed since piracetam was discovered firstly by scientists at the Belgian pharmaceutical company UCB led by Dr Corneliu E Giurea. The drug was first called nootropic by dr. Giurea, with the meaning: acting on the mind, due to substances which enhance mental performance, increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain, slow down brain aging, and improve dementia, dyslexia and Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome. One tablet contains an active substance: piracetam. Nootropil was launched clinically by UCB in the early 1970s and remains an important product of that company in Europe.
Nootropil is primarily used in Europe, Asia, South America and the USA. The drug is legal to import into the United Kingdom and the United States for personal use with or without prescription. It became popular as a cognitive enhancement drug among students, who often buy it in a great amount as a powder and then consume it with orange or grapefruit juice to avoid bitter taste. A two week regimen of Nootropil was found to increase verbal memory in healthy college students in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study.