Nootropics or "smart drugs"

  • InsatiableBlo...

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    Feb 17, 2011 10:12 PM GMT

    I've been digging through some academic journals and just plain googling the effects of nootropics, also known as "smart drugs" lately.

    Im especially interested in Piracetam, which according to some sources enhances memory and mental clarity.

    Anybody have experience with them? Did they work for you or were they like taking sugar pills?

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    Feb 18, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    Tried it. I can't remember if I got any therapeutic benefit from it.

  • InsatiableBlo...

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    Feb 18, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    Do you remember what brand and the dosage?
  • Bunjamon

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    Feb 18, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidTried it. I can't remember if I got any therapeutic benefit from it.



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  • Bunjamon

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    Feb 18, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    InsatiableBloom saidDo you remember what brand and the dosage?


    The drug which you're taking about was banned by the FDA and is not available, and it's manufacturer has apparently stopped making it. Google it.
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    Feb 18, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidTried it. I can't remember if I got any therapeutic benefit from it.



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    Feb 18, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    I tried it as well as phenibut (sp?) and choline and didn't experience any great results. Taking piracetam felt like taking a caffeine pill and my body adjusted quite rapidly to the dosages meaning I had to take more to feel any effect. Phenibut pretty much turned me into a zombie the first few times I tried it and I did experience some brain fog once I stopped taking piracetam.
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    Feb 18, 2011 4:30 AM GMT
    I've spoken to my neuroscience teacher about drugs that claim to make you think better or concentrate harder. He said it really depends on whether the chemicals cross the blood brain barrier and don't get digested fully in your stomach. Many people will just dump the ingredients in and not realize it's just digested and has no effect other than placebo. I would call each manufacturer of a product you want to take just to see how much they know about their product. Of course trying the product is fun too. I absolutely love taking BRAIN TONIQ. I can personally attest that I think I feel more alert when I take it.

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    Feb 18, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    a natural 'brain polisher' that really does help you focus. good for days requiring concentration and energy....

    http://nutraceutics.com/Product/ProEndorphin.aspx
  • InsatiableBlo...

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    Feb 18, 2011 3:09 PM GMT
    @RightAsRain

    Pretty cool product, just read some good reviews on it. Reminds me of 5 hour energy with all the B Vitamins
  • InsatiableBlo...

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    Feb 18, 2011 3:12 PM GMT
    Bunjamon said
    InsatiableBloom saidDo you remember what brand and the dosage?


    The drug which you're taking about was banned by the FDA and is not available, and it's manufacturer has apparently stopped making it. Google it.


    I wonder how it is legal for them to sell it on Amazon

    http://www.amazon.com/CTD-Labs-Piracetam-240-Caps/dp/B002YPS4PC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1298041845&sr=8-1
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    Feb 18, 2011 3:23 PM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidI've spoken to my neuroscience teacher about drugs that claim to make you think better or concentrate harder. He said it really depends on whether the chemicals cross the blood brain barrier and don't get digested fully in your stomach. Many people will just dump the ingredients in and not realize it's just digested and has no effect other than placebo. I would call each manufacturer of a product you want to take just to see how much they know about their product. Of course trying the product is fun too. I absolutely love taking BRAIN TONIQ. I can personally attest that I think I feel more alert when I take it.

    Brain-Toniq-Can.jpg


    true but thats why you're suppose to read labels. every drug works optimally at a certain pH. Some drugs are made with enteric coats so that it doesn't get released in your tummy (: some are water soluble which makes it harder to absorb in the gi tract without the use of protein channels.

    as for energy drinks, its been proven that taking <200mg a day cause alertness within the hr.
  • Celticmusl

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    Feb 18, 2011 3:57 PM GMT
    I've tried a few, including piracetam and phenibut. Both made me feel dizzy and sick without helping memory.

    The best products I've used so far for memory enhancement is acetyl L carnitine and Phosphatidylserine. These are my two favorites. Don't expect anything for a couple of weeks but stick with it. There are other natural products that work well too, like vinpocetine and huperzine-a. There's a few other amino acids, like taurine and tyrosine that can help with memory.

    Of course, caffeine works well too.
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    Jan 29, 2013 5:07 AM GMT
    I'm reviving this thread from nearly two years ago to see if anyone else has experience with nootropics, or smart drugs. It's something I've been trying and I'll post a more comprehensive review in a day or two, but would be curious to see others reactions.