Cognitive Enhancers

Cognitive Enhancers



Side Effects of Cognitive Enhancers

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Taking any type of drug always carries risk.

    Cognitive Enhancers affect everyone differently based on: 

    • The person’s size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Taking any type of drug always carries risk.

    Cognitive Enhancers affect everyone differently based on: 

    • The person’s size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken

  • Common side effects include:

    Increased alertness and focus

    Reduced fatigue

    Anxiety

    Headache

    Pins and needles

    Chest pains

    Dizziness

    Sleeplessnes

    Nausea

    Nervousness

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    Common side effects include:

    Increased alertness and focus

    Reduced fatigue

    Anxiety

    Headache

    Pins and needles

    Chest pains

    Dizziness

    Sleeplessnes

    Nausea

    Nervousness

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    Long-term effects:

    Research into cognitive enhancers is still limited which means there is a lot of uncertainty about the side effects the drugs may cause if used on an ongoing basis. It is recommended that these drugs are used only with a prescription from a doctor to avoid any potential harms.

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    Long-term effects:

    Research into cognitive enhancers is still limited which means there is a lot of uncertainty about the side effects the drugs may cause if used on an ongoing basis. It is recommended that these drugs are used only with a prescription from a doctor to avoid any potential harms.

Using psycho-stimulant medications used as cognitive enhancers

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    Types of psycho-stimulant medications used as cognitive enhancers

    Methylphenidate, Lisdexamphetamine, Dexamfetamine

    Brand names: Ritalin®, Ritalin la®, Concerta®, Ritalin 10®, Dexamphetamine tablets®, Vyvanse®

  • Ritalin was introduced during the 1950s to treat chronic fatigue, depression, and psychosis associated with depression. It was used extensively in the 1990s to treat ADHD and is now the most common psychotropic medication prescribed to children to treat restlessness, impulsive behaviour and inattentiveness.

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    New research has explored the potential side effects of using Ritalin® by people without ADHD—such as students using it as a study enhancer. This research showed changes in brain chemistry associated with risk-taking behaviour, sleep disruption and other undesirable effects such as weight loss.

Side Effects of Methylphenidate +

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Taking any type of drug always carries risk.

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Taking any type of drug always carries risk.
  • Methylphenidate affects everyone differently, but the most common side effects may include:

    Euphoria and heightened sense of well-being

    High body temperature

    Cardiovascular system failure

    Hostility or paranoia

    Irregular or increased heartbeat and palpitations

    Increased blood pressure and respiration

    Increased activity, talkativeness and alertness

    Reduced fatigue, drowsiness and appetite

    Dry mouth, dilated pupils, nausea and headaches

    Increased sex drive

    Feelings of cleverness, great competence, and power

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    Methylphenidate affects everyone differently, but the most common side effects may include:

    Euphoria and heightened sense of well-being

    High body temperature

    Cardiovascular system failure

    Hostility or paranoia

    Irregular or increased heartbeat and palpitations

    Increased blood pressure and respiration

    Increased activity, talkativeness and alertness

    Reduced fatigue, drowsiness and appetite

    Dry mouth, dilated pupils, nausea and headaches

    Increased sex drive

    Feelings of cleverness, great competence, and power

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    Long-term effects:

    Regular use may eventually cause:

    Rapid or irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and potential inflammation of heart valves

    Skin disorders, vitamin deficiency, flushed or pale skin

    Stomach ulcers and malnutrition

    Mental health and behavioral problems

    Dizziness and difficulty breathing

    Loss of coordination and physical collapse

    Unusual tiredness or weakness

    Repetitive physical actions

    Convulsions, coma, and death

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    Long-term effects:

    Regular use may eventually cause:

    Rapid or irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and potential inflammation of heart valves

    Skin disorders, vitamin deficiency, flushed or pale skin

    Stomach ulcers and malnutrition

    Mental health and behavioral problems

    Dizziness and difficulty breathing

    Loss of coordination and physical collapse

    Unusual tiredness or weakness

    Repetitive physical actions

    Convulsions, coma, and death

The effects of taking Cognitive Enhancers with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.