I’ve been experimenting with Aniracetam. Aniracetam is a nootropic supplement that is supposed to relieve anxiety, increase memory and focus, and enhance creativity and holistic (or big picture) thinking. I have been taking it on and off, which is not exactly the best way to tell efficacy, but even still, I notice my mind is a lot clearer when I take it, and I am definitely not as anxious. I did some light reading on it and found out why this is.
Apparently aniracetam increases dopamine in the prefrontal cortex, where so much stuff happens it’s ridiculous – learning, judgment, impulse control, focus… AND it employs the nicotinic receptors to do its bidding. I think I probably have a lot of nicotinic receptors so that can’t hurt, right? I have no idea. Anyway, an increase of dopamine is just good for everybody. You feel better, you focus better, you even sleep better.
When I take Adderall, for instance, which is amphetamine, I can literally go right to sleep afterwards. I thought it was a paradoxical effect and asked my doctor about it. He said that a person can have sleep disturbances or problems when the dopamine in their brain is out of whack (out of whack being a highly medical term that you need special schooling to be able to use). When the dopamine is regulated, sleep improves. I thought I just had a high tolerance or something.
This morning I took three 325 mg capsules of aniracetam and chased it with one spoon of ice cream. (It’s fat soluble, meaning it won’t even work unless it’s combined with a food containing fat, and I don’t usually eat breakfast.) Already the cobwebs feel like they are clearing from my head. And I am finishing this blog post, which has been sitting In Drafts for over a week. So I’m thinking it has an effect. I seem to have a really good day when I take it, I get a lot more done and I think it does spur creativity a bit. But there is no speediness or anxiety – in fact, aniracetam is indicated to reduce anxiety, and I notice that on the days I take it, I’m not leaning on the Klonopin as I may normally have to do. So that’s my vote for it’s anti-anxiety properties.
Your mileage may vary but I am able to take aniracetam on top of all my regular medications, which include Adderall and Strattera. There are no contraindications that I am aware of here, and overall, I am pleased with the results.