Picamilon For Anxiety

Picamilon For Anxiety

Anxiety can be mildly annoying or downright debilitating. When it’s severe, professional help is often needed. But for mild anxiety, there are plenty of non-prescription substances people use to find relief. In this science-backed article, we’re going to take a look at one such substance: picamilon. It’s been around for a long time and has a long history of safe use. But before we get to this interesting substance, let’s first take a quick look at what anxiety is.

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is something that everyone is familiar with. We all experience moments of worry and stress. Anxiety can be defined as any unpleasant feelings about anticipated events.

A little anxiety from time to time is perfectly normal. But when daily anxiety prevents us from living life the way we want to, that’s when it becomes a problem.

When anxiety impacts our functioning, it’s classified as a diagnosable disorder. Anxiety disorders affect 18.1% of the adult population every year. And of those people with anxiety disorders, 22.8% of them are classified as having severe anxiety.


Anxiety disorders are serious and should be treated by a medical professional. There are a number of different prescription drugs available to treat anxiety disorders. However, for people who struggle with mild anxiety, there are a number of over-the-counter (OTC) remedies.

One non-prescription nootropic that people are using to fight anxiety is called picamilon. It’s an interesting substance with a long history and a great safety record. Using picamilon for anxiety and its other benefits has been fairly common among people who use nootropics.

What Is Picamilon?

Picamilon (aka N-nicotinoyl-GABA, picamilone, pikamilon, & pycamilon) is modified version of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). It was first developed in Russia in the late 1960’s.

GABA is a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that allow our nervous systems to send messages from one neuron to another. GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in humans. It is known to play an important role in anxiety, stress, relaxation, sleep, and many other functions. Drugs that modulate GABA receptors generally have calming, anti-anxiety, and anti-convulsant effects.

GABA is sold as a dietary supplement. While some users report that it supports feelings of relaxation, there is little scientific evidence to back up that claim. That’s because GABA, when taken by itself, does not readily cross the blood-brain barrier.

Russian Picamilon Discovery

In the 1960’s and 70’s, Russian scientists experimented with GABA molecules. They modified GABA in a number of different ways, trying to increase its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB). And they were successful, creating a number of different drugs that were able to cross the BBB. One of these drugs (as you may have guessed) was picamilon. It’s just one of dozens that the Russians created. Russian scientists created picamilon by chemically attaching niacin (vitamin B3) and GABA. They found that, unlike GABA by itself, picamilon was able to cross the blood-brain barrier. Once in the brain, picamilon is hydrolyzed into GABA and niacin. The niacin acts as a vasodilator, increasing blood flow in the brain. And the GABA binds to GABA receptors, reducing anxiety and having a general calming effect.

Picamilon was sold as a dietary supplement in the United States. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled in 2015 that picamilon does not fit into any of the categories outlined in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. This puts it in a legal grey-area, where it is perfectly legal to purchase and possess, but it is not legal to sell as a dietary supplement. Because of this, many nootropic vendors stopped carrying picamilon. In Russia, where picamilon has undergone the most research, it is only available with a prescription. It is used to treat a number of conditions, including anxiety, depression, headaches, and insomnia.

Benefits of Picamilon


Picamilon has demonstrated several benefits. Scientific research supports many of these benefits. Others have only been reported anecdotally and require further research.

Using picamilon for anxiety is the most common reason why people use this interesting supplement. By increasing GABA in the brain, picamilon is able to decrease anxiety and create a sense of relaxed focus.

Users report nootropic benefits from Picamilon as well. Some users have reported an improvement in memory, learning, and focus. Preliminary data encourages further research in this area. One study done on rats, for example, showed that picamilon helped them to learn to navigate a maze 80% faster.

Another benefit of picamilon is that it acts as a vasodilator. Vasodilators are substances that widen blood vessels and improve circulation. Due at least partially to this effect, picamilon may be helpful for the treatment of migraine headaches. It may also be useful as a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), diabetic neuropathy, and Parkinson’s Disease.

Here is a list of some picamilon benefits users have reported:

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Improved mood
  • Increased memory
  • Improved learning
  • Overall cognitive enhancement
  • May help migraine headaches
  • Creates a feeling of relaxed focus
  • Improved sleep

Picamilon Side Effects

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At the recommended dosage, research shows picamilon is very safe with few side effects.

Side effects are rare but may include sedation, tiredness, headache, hypotension (low blood pressure), dizziness, and nausea. If you experience any of these side effects, they should go away on their own shortly after you stop taking picamilon.

Use with caution if you are taking any medications that cause drowsiness. Taking picamilon with certain drugs for anxiety and insomnia may lead to over-sedation.

And as always, we recommend you consult a licensed healthcare provider before starting or stopping any new drug, supplement, herb, diet, or exercise routine. Just be aware that most American physicians have never heard of picamilon. You may need to educate your doctor about the benefits and risks of this interesting substance.

Picamilon Dosage

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The dosages that people are reporting positive effects from picamilon range from 50 milligrams (mg) to 300 mg. People usually take it 1-3 times a day.

Most users don’t notice any effects at the low end of that range. The dosages that we’ve seen used the most is either 200 or 300 mg, taken 2-3 times a day.

You can take Picamilon with or without food. However, it probably works better and faster when taken on an empty stomach.

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