Alternatives to Adderall and Ritalin – Modafinil, Adrafinil, Piracetam, Noopept

One of the most used and trusted prescription medications for ADHD symptoms is Adderall but regardless of its popularity, a lot of people understandably hate it because of the very dangerous side effects.  So what happens to the people that want something more effective for different reasons, other than alleviating ADHD symptoms? They look towards other types of drugs that will benefit their ability to study, but without all the dangerous side effects that come to play when using Adderall. Often they try to find a substitute drug that will be safer to use and they can still take it, however Adderall is difficult to replace especially because it is very potent. It is illegal to buy Adderall OTC (over the counter), so these people have to settle for substitute drugs that have less powerful effects.Do you feel like you could use a boost for your learning abilities?I ask this because, regardless of the fact that these substitutes are less powerful, they are still rather effective at boosting the learning capabilities of human beings. They are also much safer than Adderall, and most of them aren’t addictive at all. These alternatives to Adderall and Ritalin come in three distinct forms: Prescriptions, Nootropics and Herbal Substitutes. We will leave out the prescription ones for this particular article and focus solely on Nootropics and Herbal solutions. The solutions that you will read about below, have a proven ability to increase your brain potential, allowing the user to think clearly and focus with ease.Disclaimer: If you’re actively engaged with an Adderall prescription at the moment, please talk to your doctor and research these alternatives to Adderall and Ritalin further. It is irresponsible to self-medicate and change your medication routine based on your own opinion. I’m not telling you not to make your own decisions in life, but rather to first consult with a person with strong medical experience. Even though the suggestions below are safer options than Adderall, make sure to research, practice common sense and protect yourself from accidental damage to your organism.


AdderRx * AdderRx is a mid-strength nootropic that stimulates learning and concentration capabilities. It’s recommended for long-term usage and a lot of people suggest using it throughout the whole semester to get the best benefit during your finals. From what I’ve seen a lot of people that have used it have felt no form of withdrawal symptoms when they stopped using it. This drug has side effects, but they are so mild that you won’t feel anything uncomfortable if you practice proper dosing measures. Funnily enough, a lot of people report that they’ve had better sleep after they’ve begun taking it, which is probably connected to the constructive and focused usage of their day-time energy.We always recommend that you research every decision against multiple sources. AddTabBoth short and long-term, AddTabz is a drug that improves memory, focus and concentration, plus it’s  great studying aid. Created by Gentech Labs and Pharmaceuticals, it contains a blend of ingredients called Ampheta CDP which, through their website, they promise gives the simulation of amphetamines. According to them, this simulation doesn’t bring the negative effects of amphetamine, like addiction and tachycardia, since it doesn’t have amphetamines as an ingredient.AddTabz works really  well! It’s even too strong for some people who are having this type of experience for the first time. There are quite a lot of side-effects that people who aren’t used to using nootropics may find daunting. Make an informed decision


Aniracetam A strong to moderate stimulant that almost doesn’t have any side effects. Its main effect is improving your mood and that’s what Aniracetam is all about. Studying under its effects is a pleasant, mellow experience. The necessity to concentrate doesn’t cause stress but the mental challenge is still there. Basically this drug works as a mood regulator that improves attention and concentration capabilities. It helps with moods swings and erratic thoughts.

Adrafinil and Modafinil

Adrafinil/Modafinil Modafinil and its cousin, Adrafinil, are related chemicals but they come from different sources. Where Adrafinil is natural and subtle, Modafinil is quite strong and hence you need a prescription for it. They are both effective at increasing physical and mental energy, they both stimulate the hormones responsible for being alert and they help you stay focused, awake and aware. They also have a boosting effect to memory! A lot of people are now turning to Adrafinil, because of the prescription barrier needed to acquire Modafinil and we support this, since they are using a milder form of the drug.Even though the use of Modafinil compared to Adderall and its supplemental products is quite low, you should do your research and inform yourself on these chemicals, especially if you take other prescription medication. The use of vitamin B as a supplement is encouraged, because it can  have a synergistic effect with these drugs.

Aplha Brain

Alpha Brain Alpha Brain is an approachable natural nootropic because it provides memory improvement, together with a nutritional supplement that helps your brain retain information and quickly form new connections. Can it be an one of the alternatives to Adderall or Ritalin? Alpha Brain’s ingredients contain a few different kinds of stimulants and various helpful vitamins. Best used long-term, there is a minimal amount of side-effects, since most of the  ingredients are natural and have a scale-able effect, where they grow in effect with time. Alpha Brain has been on the market for many years, so science has proven most of its components to be effective at providing more energy and concentration power for its users. Those users often promote this mix with testimonials and reviews. It is a good supplement to start with, especially if you’re a newcomer to the world of nootropics and want to get started with something easy. 


Noopept Noopept is one of the most highly recommended drugs for people that experience great amounts of stress, in both volume and intensity. It helps by stimulating alpha-waves in your brain, which causes an increase in memory and recall. Shutting out external noises and distractions is a breeze on Noopept. In some parts of the world, this substance is used to treat people that went through traumatic experiences, because it is effective at eliminating unnecessary emotions and it helps users boost their focus and mood. Noopept is no joke though, it is one of the strongest nootropics known to humanity, but it also carries the heaviest side-effects as well. Caution is advised but definitely we will put it in the list of alternatives to Adderall and Ritalin.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 Fatty Acids *Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that the body must ingest. Our bodies are incapable of producing these acids, but they are required for good health. During childhood these are extremely important for the proper development of children and it is often recommended that mothers consume foods containing these nutritional elements during pregnancy, as it will benefit their child.At one point in life, adulthood, our brain stops growing in size, but new neural pathways are being created constantly. These essential fatty acids help with the creation and maintenance of those connections, therefore improving memory, learning capabilities, concentration and most importantly, brain health. Some recent research from Université de Sherbrooke, Canada, suggests that people with Alzheimer’s disease have a lower level of Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids in their brains, and supplementing this deficit helped the patients improve their cognitive capabilities. This is a very easy supplement to get to, but be careful as some brands might use products that contain sea products or oils from plants that some people are allergic to.


Piracetam *Very similar to the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitter, but using it doesn’t cause conflict for the natural GABA receptors. This means that your body will continue to produce optimal amounts of GABA naturally. It is used in by the medical associations to modulate the activity of certain neurotransmitters, cholinergic acid and glutamatergic acid, while at the same time it has protective and supporting properties. Piracetam can be helpful at lowering the amount of social anxiety, and it is very beneficial towards increasing the natural ability of the brain called neuroplasticity. A medium strength nootropic that is relatively cheap and comes without the risk of dangerous side-effects or addiction.  


Conclusion Instead of turning to nootropics as a way to boost your natural ability to concentrate, focus and feel happy, a better solution is to first pay attention to the food you eat and make sure that you’re getting everything your brain needs. It can be much more better alternatives to Adderall and Ritalin. A little exercise doesn’t hurt either. Eliminate unnecessary chemicals, toxins and preservatives that are contained in processed foods. Keep sugar, salt and wheat on the lower range and make sure you drink a lot of water. It is best to supplement your body with regular vitamins and minerals, which combined with good food, will boost your natural brain performance without the need for synthetic stimulants. If you’re still struggling after you’ve taken care of nutrition, sleep and exercise, only then do we suggest going after these nootropic solutions. Regardless of your motivation, nootropics will help boost your productivity and focus. Even the best fed, rested and exercised human body will feel a benefit from nootropics. You do need to ask yourself, how important is health to me? What you might discover is that once you take care of your body and brain, they start to care back, and help you with the motivation and willingness to push your limits and achieve your goals. I’m saying this to you, because instead of risking money, it’s better to invest your money in more natural products that will supplement your nutrition, improve your health and help you study with a more efficient brain! 

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