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|Excretion||Urine ~40% bile and perspiration ~60%|
|Mol. mass||218.3 g/mol|
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Phenylpiracetam (Phenotropil, Carphedon) is a derivative of the nootropic drug piracetam. Used as a nootropic drug that can be up to 30-60 times more potent than piracetam. It was developed in Russia, and a small number of low-scale clinical studies have shown possible links between prescription of phenylpiracetam and improvement in a number of encephalopathic conditions, including lesions of cerebral blood pathways, and certain types of glioma.
While not widely available in the West, in Russia it is available as a prescription medicine under the name Phenotropil. Packets of ten 100 mg pills are available for roughly 500 rubles (2013 price), or about $17 USD. It is typically prescribed as a general stimulant or to increase tolerance to cold and stress.
It is also claimed to increase physical stamina and provide improved tolerance to cold. As a result, it appears on the lists of banned substances issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency. This list is applicable in all Olympic sports.
Athletes disqualified for phenotropil usage
Russian biathlon Olympic silver medalist Olga Pyleva in the 2006 Winter Olympics was disqualified from attending further events following a positive drug test. She was subsequently banned from competition for two years. It may be noteworthy that Pyleva claims that phenylpiracetam was an unlisted ingredient of a Russian medication she was prescribed by her personal doctor (not a team doctor).
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- CNN, "Runners fail pre-Olympics doping tests", Retrieved on 2008-08-09.