The so-called "Father of the Smart Drugs
". Produced originally by UCB Pharmaceuticals. The term nootropic
was coined after this drug
was invented. Piracetam causes an increase in memory
in healthy people. It also protects neurons under conditions of hypoxia
(oxygen starvation). It is almost completely non-toxic.
One of the "best" (my personal favorite) effects of Piracetam is that it enhances communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, causing bursts of creativity.
There are many other nootropics available, including Pramiracetam, Aniracetam, Oxiracetam, Deprenyl, centrophenoxine (Lucidril), Hydergine, and Dilantin.