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Wired Magazine: Just Say Yes to Doing the Right Drugs

By Expat98, May 19, 2008 | Updated: May 20, 2008 | |
  1. Expat98
    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.)


    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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