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Nootropics, often called "smart drugs," claim to improve things like focus, mood, and strengthening someone's memory. They come in the form of over-the-counter supplements or prescription medications, and even caffeine is considered a nootropic.
Dr. Sportelli explains there are medications that can help people cognitively if they have a deficit. For instance, people who deal with ADHD or Alzheimer's, but he stresses these meds will not help those not suffering from those deficits.
Also, could taking a nootropic ever be dangerous for someone not dealing with a deficit?
The psychiatrist says yes, noting meds are rarely benign and warns that taking a nootropic could negatively interact with medications someone is already taking or even with over-the-counter products and he warns against doing this.
Instead of wasting your money on nootropics, Dr. Sportelli suggests getting proper sleep, eating healthy, and reducing stress, which all been shown to positively impact someone's cognitive functioning.
*As always, speak with your doctor or healthcare provider before taking any new medication or supplement.