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Wired Magazine: Just Say Yes to Doing the Right Drugs

By Expat98, May 19, 2008 | Updated: May 20, 2008 | |
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    From an article in last month's Wired magazine. You can find more info on the drugs listed below by using the search engine. (Check the Nootropics forum especially.)

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    Give Your Intellect a Boost — Just Say Yes to Doing the Right Drugs!

    By Mathew Honan
    04.21.08 | 6:00 PM

    Brains + drugs = fried eggs, right? Not always. Some pills can boost your cognitive output. But we at Wired aren't doctors. Anyone who takes a bushel of drugs based on our say-so must be high.




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    Adderall - Thought to optimize levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, enhancing concentration and turning mundane tasks into wondrous ones. Often prescribed to ADHD patients (wink, wink). Addiction, headaches, insomnia, Tourette's-like symptoms, heart attack


    Aniracetam - Seems to boost release of glutamate, speeding neurotransmission and improving memory. Not a ton of evidence, though. Anxiety, agitation, insomnia, dizziness, epigastric heaviness (feeling full)


    Aricept - An Alzheimer's drug that may also enhance memory in healthy adults. Thought to reduce the breakdown of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that helps relay messages around the brain. Nausea, diarrhea, fainting


    Methamphetamine - Triggers the release of dopamine. Can increase concentration and creative output. Prolonged use can also make you stupid and crazy. Parkinson's-like symptoms, addiction, stroke, psychosis, prison, death


    Modafinil - A narcolepsy medication that improves focus, pattern recognition, and short-term memory. The exact mechanism of action is unclear. Good for card counters. Chest pain, nausea, headache, life-threatening rash


    Nicotine - Chemically similar to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Spurs faster interaction between nerve cells in the brain, aiding memory formation and attention. Addiction, cancer, social isolation (depending on delivery mechanism)


    Rolipram - Originally used as an antidepressant. May elevate levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate to boost memory. Improves cognition (in rats). Headache, nausea, intense vomiting


    Vasopressin - Produced naturally in the hypothalamus1 gland and used in the formation of new memories. Shown to help users learn more effectively (especially men). Prescribed as a drug for diabetes insipidus. Angina, nausea, wheezing, belching, coma

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