How to Give Your Brain a Chemical Boost, and Whether You Should

May 18, 2017

(Los Angeles Times) – At some point, we could all use a bit of performance enhancement for the noggin — something to help us ace that test, command the room or nail a project under deadline. Yes, there’s a pill for that — in fact, there are several. Drugs shown to modestly boost cognitive performance include stimulants used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), medications prescribed for dementia, and a compound marketed as an alertness enhancer for shift workers and for people with narcolepsy or sleep apnea. And let’s not forget two time-tested stimulants that offer some enhancement without prescription: caffeine and nicotine.

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