Drugs are not just used by college students to party anymore. Various prescription drugs and unscheduled substances are being taken as study drugs to help students concentrate for extended periods of time in hopes of boosting their grades. What drugs are being used for studying? Here are nine different study drugs.
Adderall is easily the most famous of study drugs. Normally, Adderall is used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but the drug has been abused in party and study sessions alike. A survey of Ivy League students found that one-in-five admitted to using ADD and ADHD prescription drugs to enhance performance (and one-third don't consider it cheating), reports Huffington Post.
Ritalin is similar to its amphetamine cousin Adderall and is also used to treat ADD and ADHD. The study drug can also be used to help increase attention spans and help students focus on their schoolwork for extended hours. According to a study from the University of Texas, 50 percent of students who have prescriptions to ADD and ADHD medication have been asked for pills from unprescribed students.
Concerta is another drug among the family used to manage ADD and ADHD. Like Ritalin and Adderall, it can bring about increased attention and focus, allowing students to work for grueling hours and absorb information.
The stimulant Focalin has similar effects at Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta, leading students to use it as a study drug.
Vyvanse is yet another stimulant that can be used to treat ADHD, making it an effective study drug.
Modafinil is a newer player in the study drug scene. Modafinil is used to treat narcolepsy, a condition which causes patients to be tired throughout the day, ending with the narcoleptic falling asleep during daylight hours. Unlike drugs that treat ADD and ADHD, Modafinil is not a stimulant and instead increases blood flow to the brain. Modafinil makes the user alert for as long as 12 hours, proving a perfect study drug for a cram session. Currently, the drug is available prescription-only in the United States, but can be ordered online if you know where to look.
Adrafinil is part of the same Nootropic drug family as Modafinil. Nootropics all increase blood flow to the brain, increasing neurotransmitter activity with varying results. When metabolized, Adrafinil becomes Modafinil in the body, having similar attention-inducing effects. Currently, Adrafinil is banned in France, but remains unregulated the United States. VICE reported on a web store in Portland which sells Nootropics like Adrafinil as health supplements.
Phenylpiracetam is another Nootropic which reportedly increases cognitive functions such as memory and alertness. Across the net, you can find students who claim the effects help them focus and improve their memory. However, the study drug can also cause nasty headaches, which are supposedly easily remedied by taking a choline supplement. Phenylpiracetam, like Adrafinil, is unregulated in the United States and is available online. The drug is so effective that the NFL has banned it (along with other Nootropics).
If caffeine helps keep you focused, but a coffee isn't cutting it, a caffeine pill can give you a more extreme boost of energy. A study from John Hopkins University discovered caffeine pills can boost long-term memory and pattern separation.
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