The Rise in “Smart Drugs”

With 1 in 12 adults having tried “smart drugs”, are we risking our health for boosted concentration and brain power?

If you’ve ever seen the film Limitless, you’ll understand the attraction of pills that supposedly make you smarter. Imagine being able to increase concentration, feel more alert, and have the ability to focus on tasks no matter how stressed you are. It sounds almost too good to be true.

Yet there are medications being used for exactly that. “Smart drugs”, as they are commonly known, are being more widely used and talked about. Researchers claim that one in 12 adults have tried them.

Modafinil is one such drug. With claims including boosted concentration, improved focus, and even a suppressed appetite, it’s obvious to see how hard working professionals could be attracted to it.

But there is a huge downside to these drugs. They are not meant for boosting brain power; Modafinil is actually a medicine licensed for patients with narcolepsy, the sleeping disorder that causes patients to fall asleep at inappropriate times.

Experts say users are putting their health at risk by using these “smart drugs”, with long-term effects as yet unknown. Known side effects include raised blood pressure, headaches, heart palpitations, gastrointestinal issues, and potential worsening of existing mental health problems.

Purchasing a drug online without a doctor’s prescription is always risky. Professional advice is not to use anything a doctor has not prescribed and that you have no knowledge of.

If you’re looking for a bit more brain power, look no further than your own fridge. Foods like oily fish, broccoli, blueberries and walnuts are all well known for boosting brain activity.

You can also try ‘Boost’. Scientifically formulated to reduce tiredness and fatigue, Boost is a daily supplement you can take on the go to support your mental performance and give you the energy you need to perform.