At the recommendation of a friend, I’ve started taking
piracetam about two weeks ago,
supplemented with citicoline. Both are perfectly legal, over-the-counter
substances, just to be clear. I’m fairly lightweight and went for the slightly
higher dose of 3.6 grams per day.
I wasn’t really expecting much but the first effects I’ve noticed were that it
seemed to, at least some of the time, improve visual acuity, thus making all
sorts of visuals highly interesting, and it seems to have some effect on
motivation that I’m yet to investigate fully.
So far I’ve been combining it with small 50mg doses of modafinil, my former
non-OTC motivator of choice, about every other day. Though I’m starting to
notice that this particular combination likes to put me on edge, makes me
dry-mouthed, and I often feel distinctly drugged. Despite some synergy, the
kind of focus I get is not appropriate for tasks that require patience. It
might be good to make me keep going, but it’s at the cost of frequent mistakes,
and I feel a need to review the results of my doing when I’m more ‘sober’.
I’ve observed myself switch activities often, stopping mid-way and continuing
elsewhere, forgetting what I was doing.
In short, I think back to when I tried
taking 150mg of armodafinil at once, only without the confidence boost. I’ll
stop taking -afinils now, and see where that leaves me.
As a somewhat funny sidenote, I’ve finally learnt how to make hard-boiled eggs,
in my ‘advanced age’. I tend to have persistent headaches with piracetam, and
people claim adding some choline to your diet might help with that.