Focus Enhancement Regimen

Below is a nootropic regimen designed to increase one’s focus and help sustain attention for longer periods of time. I understand that people are generally trying to improve their attention for two purposes. Those of us still enrolled in college are looking for something they can take to help them study and cram for exams. Those of us whom have graduated and are currently employed are looking for a way to stay alert and focused all day at work. Because these are two very different purposes, I will talk about meeting each purpose separately.

Nootropics to Help You Study

If you just want to take nootropics a couple times a week to help yourself study for exams a regimen is not what you need. Instead, I would take a more powerful nootropic that I wouldn’t recommend taking every single day for prolonged periods. Right now, Adderall is becoming increasingly popular among college students for exactly this purpose. Between 2006 and 2007, 6.4% of college students admitted to using Adderall for non-medical purposes such as studying. [1] Even though there are no exact statistics available, all evidence shows this number has been on the rise. In fact, we are currently in the midst of an Adderall shortage. [2]

What does this mean? Taking Adderall to help study works. Plain and simple. More people are discovering how helpful it can be, and supply can’t handle the extraordinary demand. However, there are some serious drawback to Adderall. It is illegal to possess without a prescription.  In the United States it is classified as a Schedule II drug. [3] Depending on the state you reside in possession could carry some very serious consequences. Adderall also has a very high potential for abuse and addiction. I recommend that unless you have a prescription, steer clear from Adderall.

Luckily, Adderall is not the only nootropic out there that can help you study. Listed below are two mild stimulants that will certainly help.

Both of these nootropics keep dopamine from being broken down in your brain. This is one of the exact mechanisms of action Adderall works by. Modafinil is essentially a more potent version of Adrafinil, however it is a controlled substance in the United States. Both can be ordered online. Read the complete article on each nootropic to decide which one is more suitable for you.

Because of the increasing demand for Adderall, certain nootropic stacks are being created specifically to imitate the effects of Adderall. Two that have been reviewed on this site are listed below.

  • Profiderall

Even though these nootropic stacks work by a different mechanism of action when compared to Adderall they certainly produce very similar effects. Read each review to decide which one may be more suitable for your needs.

For these four different nootropics follow the dosage instructions listed on each individual container.

Nootropics to Get You Through the Work Day

Now we can get to an actual nootropic regimen. This is a collection of nootropics that are safer to take on a more regular basis. Subscribing to this regimen will help you start your day with energy and keep your attention on your work throughout the day. Not only will you feel more productive, you will be more productive. This regimen includes the following:

How Will This Regimen Improve My Ability to Focus?

This regimen targets the same neurotransmitters that Adderall targets.  Theanine and Tyrosine work together to increase levels of dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and epinephrine while Rhodiola Rosea prevents the breakdown of serotonin and dopamine. Of course, the extent to which these nootropics effect these neurotransmitters is to a much lesser degree than Adderall. This makes it much safer. You also can’t be arrested for using it.  Caffeine also provides a jolt of energy to start off every morning by reducing the effects of the neurotransmitter adenosine.

The end result is that you have more energy, feel more motivated, and are in an all around better mood. These three things will make sustaining attention throughout the work day easier then you could have imagined.

Effects of Optional Nootropics

The reason I made Sulbutiamine optional is because even though it will help, I have found it is not as necessary as the other four nootropics. And as we know, less nootropics are cheaper and more manageable.

  • Sulbutiamine  -  This nootropic increases the density of D1 dopamine receptors. [15] Even though know studies have been performed, it would make sense that Sulbutiamine would work in synergy with nootropics that increase levels of dopamine. More receptors means more dopamine can be received by your neurons. The more dopamine received by your neurons the more profound the effect.

I would only recommend adding this to your regimen if you don’t think you are getting the desired results from the original four. There really is no reason to add it unless you feel like you really need to.

What Other Effects Will These Nootropics Have?

Even though this regimen is specifically designed to improve focus, the nootropics in involved will provide other benefits. The most notable is an improvement in mood. Because of this you will find that this regimen uses some of the same nootropics that the anti-depression regimen uses. In order to view all the effects, read the specific articles which pertain to each nootropic. Some of the more notable ones are highlighted below. References and studies to verify these effects can be found within each nootropic’s specific articles.

Recommended Starting Doses

Because you will be taking such a wide variety of nootropics and some of them have synergetic effects you will notice these recommended starting dosages are much lower than the dosages listed in each individual article.

  • Caffeine – Start with 100mg in the morning. This translates to 1 cup of coffee. If you experience no side effects, gradually increase dosage to a maximum of 200mg taken once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
  • Theanine - Start with 100 mg in the morning. If you experience no side effects, gradually increase dosage to a maximum of 200mg taken once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
  • Tyrosine - Start with 500mg taken in the morning. If you experience no side effects, gradually increase dosage to a maximum of 1,500mg taken in the morning.
  • Rhodiola Rosea - Start with 100mg taken in the morning. If you experience no side effects, gradually increase dosage to a maximum of 200mg taken once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
  • Sulbutiamine - Start with 200mg taken in the morning. If you experience no side effects, gradually increase dosage to a maximum of 600mg taken however you wish throughout the day.
Cited Studies

1. “Nonmedical Use of Adderall® among Full-Time College Students.” The NSDUH Report. 7 Apr. 2009. Web. 21 Mar. 2011.
2. The Great Adderall Shortage of 2011 Rages On
3. Adderall
4. Caffeine as a psychomotor stimulant
5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9566605
6. The effects of L-theanine, caffeine and their combination on cognition and mood
7.Theanine and Caffeine Synergy Team Improves Concentration
8.  http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/57/4/760
10. The Dope on Dopamine’s Central Role in the Brain’s Motivation and Reward Networks
11. A Molecule of Motivation, Dopamine Excels at Its Task
12. Hedonic valence, dopamine and motivation
13. Depression Reflects A Genetic Trait: Serotonin Study
14. An Overview of SSRIs for the Treatment of Depression
15.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10996447

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