Piracetam is in the racetams group, with chemical name 2-oxo-1-pyrrolidine acetamide. It is a derivative of the neurotransmitter GABA and shares the same 2-oxo-pyrrolidone base structure with pyroglutamic acid. Piracetam is a cyclic derivative of GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid).
Other racetams include Oxiracetam and Aniracetam.
Piracetam is a nootropic, a class of drugs that may enhance memory and boost cognitive function. Derived from the amino acid gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), piracetam was first developed in the 1960s and is touted for the prevention and treatment of age-related cognitive decline, seizures, and learning disabilities.