Nootropics Vs Prescription Drugs
Obviously prescription drugs don’t adhere to this criteria, where dependency, depression and/or anxiety, low fatigue and impaired cognition may prevail through long-term use.
Tianeptine Vs MAOIs (for depression)
Tianeptine as talked about here is probably most efficient in raising mood without prescription drug side-effects, however Phenylpiracetam in Russia is also used to treat depression.
Phenylpiracetam is a short acting stimulant, it does have some effects on mood insofar as it increases drive, but its most beneficial effect seems to be promoting physical characteristics such as strength and endurance.
With regards to tianeptine though, abusive habits can arise so word of caution when taking this opioid tianeptine, but nothing like the dependency, fatigue and deep troughs that arise from antidepressants.
There are no dietary restrictions to adhere to also with Tianeptine, unlike antidepressants or MAOIs (Monoamine oxidase inhibitors prescribed for the treatment of depression), which may cause a dangerous spike in blood pressure unless you stick to foods high in tyramine.
Winner – Tianeptine
Aniracetam Vs Benzodiazepines (for anxiety)
Benzodiazepines like alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam and clonazepam are used as sedating agents, whether for inducing sleep or warding off panic attacks, however their downfall is that they lead to physical and psychological dependence.
Aniracetam, considerably more potent than piracetam is a fat soluble molecule used for memory, cognitive function, concentration, anxiety, depression, treating Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline.
There are no known addictive qualities concerning aniracetam, except the occasional headache or bout of insomnia that have been voiced on online reviews.
Still, without any physical and psychological dependent side-effects, aniracetam wins over benzodiazepine.
Winner – Aniracetam
Modafinil Vs Adderall (Amphetamine Salts) (for drive & wakefulness)
Amphetamine salts or amphetamine is basically the holygrail when it comes to stimulants, maybe methamphetamine is more powerful but more toxic, however amphetamine is neurotoxic too.
It goes without saying that you shouldn’t take illegal drugs, that street amphetamine will likely be impure, plus playing with amphetamine is playing with fire.
There is no neurotoxicity when it comes to modafinil but at the same time it will be much milder albeit it causes a steady release of dopamine and noradrenaline.
If you have never experimented with an illegal street amphetamine then modafinil may cause considerable wakefulness; however if you’re versed in amphetamine intake, then the nootropic effects may be mild.
Those with severe ADD and ADHD may voice little positive feedback from modafinil alone but when taken with reduced levels of Adderall (which are amphetamine salts) – they report positive results plus you will reduce toxicity levels and dependency issues.
Modafinil is in fact a prescription drug in the US and is marketed as a “wakefulness” smart drug and is used to treat narcolepsy in patients, however it seems effective in boosting memory and focus with alternative nootropics.
It has been described on some forums as enhancing sight while blanketing out sound – keeping you more visually focused.
For safe, non-toxic, with no risk of addiction but a milder wakefulness stimulant, modafinil is the best alternative to amphetamine salts.
Winner – (just) Modafinil