12 Best Over the Counter Adderall Alternatives for Studying

adderall alternatives

Adderall is one of the most used, and most trusted prescription for ADHD symptoms. But, many people don’t like taking them, with good reason. The side effects are scary, especially the long-term impact on brain health and addiction.

That’s why so many people seek out Adderall substitutes. They are often seeking a direct replacement for Adderall that can be taken when they want and how they want. Unfortunately, nothing works like Adderall. And OTC Adderall is illegal (so don’t do it). The best substitutes don’t have the power, reliability, or sanctioning that Adderall has. If they did, they would be prescriptions, too.

adderall side effects

But, that doesn’t mean they don’t work. Some of these are time tested, others are research tested. All of them have a history of helping people think better, clearer, and focus better. These 12 that we present have a history of helping people with ADHD symptoms. They are natural alternatives to Adderall that work with your body, not against it.

Alternatives to Adderall come in 3 varieties: Prescription, Nootropics, Herbals. We aren’t going to cover the prescription ones, your doctor will. We’re going to let you know about the natural alternatives to Adderall.

Here’s the warning for all of these: If you are taking Adderall, you must talk to your doctor before stopping your medication, starting any of these substitutes, or beginning any lifestyle change. Serious side effects can happen if you don’t talk to your doctor.

Always start with the lowest dose possible and work your way up. Never exceed the maximum dose; most of these can cause serious side effects, even fatal ones, if you do not follow the warnings and dosing instructions.


adder rx

This is a mid-range nootropic that many people have used to stimulate their learning and concentration. AdderRx works best in the long-term. It’s best if you take it all through a semester to get the biggest band at finals time. And, although it’s recommended for long-term use, the vast majority of people experience no withdrawal symptoms.

AdderRx does have side effects, but they are considered mild and most people never experience them when they follow proper dosing. Many people find they can sleep better with AdderRx because they are able to constructively use their energies during the day.


AddTabz is a short- and long-term aid for concentration, focus, and improved memory. It uses Ampheta CDP, a proprietary blend of ingredients created by Gentech Labs and Pharmaceutical’s. The website promises that AddTabz give the stimulation like the stimulant amphetamine, but without the addicting side effects or long-term dangers. They are clear to say that is does not contain amphetamines.

AddTabz works well, very well. It’s rather strong and is too strong for people trying out these types of stimulants for the first time. There are many listed side effects for people unaccustomed to how powerful this nootropic is.

Adrafinil/Modafinil *


Adrafinil and Modafinil are two sides of prescription and natural supplement. Adrafinil, the supplement, is considered safer than the prescription Modafinil. Both stimulate and enhance energy, increase the proper hormones and neuropathways for being alert, and slightly increasing memory.

Many people turn to Adrafinil over Modafinil because they want to avoid the side effects of the prescription. Modafinil has stronger side effects, due to being a stronger drug. Adrafinil is more natural and works subtler in the body.

Modafinil has fallen lower on the favor list than Adderall and it’s derivatives. Caution needs to be used when applying Adrafinil if you take any other prescription.

It’s often recommended that you take a B Vitamin supplement to augment these two. Adrafinil is often combined with other nootropics and medications to help enhance memory.

Alpha Brain *

alpha brain

Alpha Brain is a lower cost nootropic, although not the lowest cost. Alpha Brain provides memory enhancement and the nutritional supplements to help retain what you learn. As a combination, you get the buffering power of multiple stimulants, and supporting vitamins.

Alpha Brain is used in the long term because it contains many components that work best when they are built up in your system. Because it is more natural, there are less side effects.

The problem with Alpha Brain is that it hasn’t quite been scientifically proven to work. It has been on the market for many years, and most of the individual components are proven to give more energy and/or concentration. Still, hundreds of reviews online and in forums attest to Alpha Brain giving more energy and focus to people. If it’s an introduction to nootripics you are looking for, start with Alpha Brain.


This is a moderately powerful stimulant that does not have many side effects. The biggest focus with Aniracetam is that it improves your mood. You are more able to deal with many of the changes and stresses of studying without breaking down or crying. While Aniracetam does give you clarity and focus, it mostly works as mood regulator. If you suffer mood swings or irrational thoughts, Aniracetam is the nootropic that works.

B Vitamins *

b vitamins

Your brain uses nearly half of all the B vitamins we consume. The brain and the learning experience has a voracious appetite for B6, B12, and folic acid. The supporting vitamins of niacin (Vitamin B3), thiamine (Vitamin B1), pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) help the rest of the body keep up with your brain. Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is required for energy production and you’ll fall asleep studying without it.

Without B Vitmains, your brain feels foggy, slow, and you will have a hard time forming proper memories. Today, people who eat a high amount of processed foods do not get enough B Vitamins. For the college student: pizza does not contain many, if any, B Vitamins.

A generally low level B Vitamin supplement is good to keep your levels in the normal range. All B Vitamins are water soluble, and excess is easily flushed from our systems. There is no point in taking high doses of B Vitamins without a doctor’s supervision because we will simply flush out the extra.

noopept adderall alternatives

Noopept works best for people who are experience great stress or traumatic times. It works by increasing alpha-waves in the brain, memory and recall. The biggest impact is being able to shut out distractions and excess noise.

In other areas of the world, Noopept is being used by the medical community to help people through traumatic experiences. In the short term, people are able to focus better and resolve the worst of their situations without succumbing to useless emotions.

Noopept is one of the strongest nootropics on this list, along with the one with the most potential side effects. Use with care.

omega 3 adderall alternatives

During fetal and early brain development, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids are required in high concentrations to form all the new neuropathways we develop as we grow. A child’s brain will double in size every couple of months for the first few years of life.

Once we reach adulthood, our brain stops growing, but we keep adding new memories and connections. The omega fatty acids create those connections and protect the nerves from damage. As we age, we need to keep our levels of the omegas, especially Omega-3, high to retain brain health.

Leading research into Alzheimer’s disease uses the saturated fats and Omega fatty acids of coconut oil to help reduce brain deterioration. Omega-3 supplements are easy to get. Be sure to get the one that works for you. Several brands contain fish and shellfish components, so if you are allergic or sensitive, you need to watch out.

pycnogenol adderall alternatives

This is French Maritime Pine Bark Extract. It has a variety of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids that help increase the blood flow to various areas of the body.

Most of the research and use of this herbal is in French. However, it has been highlighted on various US programs, such as Dr Oz. While not a sign of any type of quality, people are flocking to this herb because of the promotions (we discovered the company paid for the promotion by Dr Oz).

Here’s the tough part. While having over 50 years of research and use, it is highly regulated and often not used as an over-the-counter remedy. It was not even popularly known in the US except for the past few years.

Not enough it known right now to say whether this is a good supplement, only that is a popular supplement.

piracetam adderall alternatives

Piracetam is similar to the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) *, but without depressing the natural GABA receptors. So, your body is able to still produce and use GABA naturally and without depression. In the medical community, it modulates the neurotransmitters cholinergic acid and glutamatergic acid, has neuroprotective and anticonvulsant properties, and improves neuroplasticity. It can also help reduce social anxiety.

It is a mid-level nootropic that has a moderate cost. It also has a low incidence of side effects.

Transcendental Meditation

transcendental meditation and adderall

This specific type of meditation stimulates nearly all parts of the brain and promotes brain healing. Students at UCLA were taught this meditation and encouraged to practice every day without changing any other activity or habit. Grades rose for most of the student body by just over 1 full letter grade.

As a side note to the study, arrests and disciplinary infractions were reduced by nearly 60%. The study was not able to determine if a correlation existed between the meditation and reduction in problems.

There are hundreds of centers and courses to teach transcendental meditation. Most universities now offer a workshop or class for this meditation. Several books and online sites offer help as well. It’s best to study under a teacher to reach the full benefits.

Zinc *

zinc adderall alternatives

This is one mineral where scientists can’t quite figure out how it works. The brain contains nearly half of all the zinc in our bodies. We know that a zinc deficiency leads to decreased learning ability, ADHD, apathy, lethargy and mental retardation. A lack of zinc also increases the permeability of the blood brain barrier, allowing more toxins to reach the brain.

Several studies have shown that zinc supplementation helps increase cognitive abilities for people with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and brain injury.

Zinc is more important for men to supplement. Every time a man achieves sexual pleasure, they lose nearly 3 mg of zinc. For sexually active men, a supplement will help keep your energy up and your release strong.


One of the best things you can do for yourself if to seek out good nutrition first. Cut out the chemicals, preservatives, and toxins from processed foods. Eliminate foods with added sugars or wheat. And make sure you get enough water.

We think it’s best to start off supplementing with regular vitamins. Most people find that with good foods and good vitamin/mineral supplements, they don’t need artificial stimulants. Once you have proper nutrition, and you find that you are lagging on energy, focus, or concentration, the other nootropics we listed will be the most beneficial for you.

Once your body has the nutrition it need, then stimulating the brain to help you study will be much easier and require less supplementation. This saves you both time and potential side effects.

Any of these supplements will help you, as long as you follow the instructions and consult your physician before starting them. All of these have the potential to cause side effects if not taken as directed.

We hope this list is your go-to list on how to choose supplements to help you study. It will take you all the way from basic, nearly no risk supplements to active, high-level stimulation. Choose wisely and study hard!

If you liked our article, please share it and use the comment section below to tell us about your experiences or ask any questions. Thanks!


Christina Major

Christina Major is a holistic nutritionist, traditional naturopath, and herbalist. She has a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition and an advanced degree in Traditional Naturopathy. Further certifications in herbalism and metabolic typing. She owns and operates Crystal Holistic Health Consulting based in PA, the USA since 2010.
    • Hello, Tyra pitt!

      Thank you for your question. You can purchase Pycnogenol at Amazon website (you can click the link in the related section of our article and will be redirected to Amazon) or from any other reseller of Pycnogenol company at this link http://www.pycnogenol.com/shop/. Hope it helps.

    • Hello, Helpful owl!

      Thank you for sharing with us this supplement. But I’d like to know your proofs that it’s way more effective than those we’ve already reviewed here.

  • im doing matric and i cant concentrate while im reading or even when i read next day i cant even remeber what i’ve read so what must i use

    • Hi Joyce!

      I’m glad you found us, and I hope we can help.

      We recommend you talk to your doctor to see exactly why you’re having difficulty reading and remembering. There are many issues that can cause that. We want to make sure that you are healthy first.

      The recommendations we have here will help for concentration and remembering. Certain vitamin deficiencies may cause memory problems and difficulty to concentrate. We have a post discussing the vitamins and minerals that are essential for focus and memory here.

      Sometimes changing your diet is enough to see a major boost in your brain functions. We have some food suggestions here.

      Hope this helps.

  • Its really helpful by reading this blog i get all knowledge Adderal that how much should we take and what the positive and negative we get by that .

    • Thank you for your thoughts here. You’re welcome! I’d rather prefer to see your real name here in the comment and not the company name.

  • If one is looking for the alternative most like Adderall in effectiveness (given that there are still side effects), which one of these would you say is closest in terms of physically noticing that surge of focus energy one gets from Adderall? I ask as a researcher, ADD sufferer, and person with dementia in the family. Brain research is my wheelhouse!

    • Hi Amy!

      It’s a tough question when you asked which one is the best.

      Everyone reacts differently to the different alternatives and medications.

      What works for one person may not work at all for another.

      We have found that to be the case for many of the alternatives we were looking at.

      Without knowing you or your individual health issues, the best we can recommend is to talk to a health professional about trying some of these alternatives and see which one does work best for you.

      If you do come across one that works the best, please let us know so we can let everyone else know as well.

  • My son is 9 years old and has ADD he cant focus does not pay attention and con not concentrate at school .All the medicines that has been prescribed to him have caused him to have bad reactions,the last nail breaker was this past Friday with Vyvanse hour after he took it,his whole right side went numb.We spent hours at the hospital..He had what they called a adverse reaction..I want to try an over the counter more natural approach..is there anything that would help?

    • Hi Amy!

      This is a pretty serious problem, and we’re glad you were working with your doctor to make sure your son has the best ability in school and has the best health he can possibly have.

      Many of the alternatives we have recommended are completely natural and help people who have ADHD problems.

      We do not recommend combining these alternatives with any prescription medications.

      It may also be a good idea to talk to an herbalist or a naturopath to determine if there is a natural approach that will not interact with anything your son may be going through.

      Because of his past reactions to the medication, we do not recommend you try out various alternatives until you talk to a health professional.

  • Thanks for the article… I’ll look into some of these further!

    One question though…some of your entries have an asterisk after the heading, but I can’t find where the asterisk leads to. What does the asterisk signify?

    • Hello, Sandra Shill!

      You’re welcome! Thank you for paying my attention to this. We use an asterisk to mark the links to the products and/or services where we may get a commission for buying or using them by our readers (affiliate links). At the end of those pages, you can find a much detailed explanation to this. On the other hand, I noticed that some of the sentences inside the articles highlighted and have a small blue star at the end. I have no idea what are these and will submit a request to our technical support to investigate this further. Thank you!

      • You’re welcome, and thanks for your response! Actually, I think I was referring to what must be your “affiliate” asterisks (the red ones, like “Zinc*”), but I didn’t see anything that indicated that that’s what those asterisks meant. Not being able to find where an asterisk leads to is one of those little things that drives me batty, so thanks for clearing up the mystery! 🙂

  • Hello:I’ve just found out I have a problem with real low vit. D, which has affected my fatigue level severely! I’m looking for the natural for energy! Can you help?

    • Hey Vanessa!

      Having low vitamin D levels does affect your energy levels and your mood.

      One of the best ways you can increase your vitamin D is to get out into the sun.

      However, much of the year it is too cold to be out in the sun and get enough sunlight. Supplementation with D3 can really help.

      Other foods that contain vitamin D include mushrooms, fish, and other meats.

  • “Several brains contain fish and shellfish components, so if you are allergic or sensitive, you need to watch out.”

    I have good reason to suspect someone I know has such a brain, what should I do?

    • Hello, Ricky Marshall!

      Just like I answered before, this was a mistake. We’ve already fixed it. Instead of “brains” there need to be the word “brands”. Thank you for notifying us!

  • Hiiiii!
    Do you personally use any of the products you listed in this article? Or have you used any? If so which ? Did it give you that bang of energy ? That almost imperative need to do something take action you know like get moving??

    • Hey Daryl!

      We rely on a combination of our own personal experiences and the experiences of friends and advisers.

      Some of the things on our website we have used ourselves, while others we rely on others to describe their effects.

      In many of the articles, we actually write about our own personal experiences.

  • From the section on fatty acids:
    “Several brains contain fish and shellfish components”.
    Considering the subject, an easy mistake to make.
    (Product reduces these errors)

    • Hi, Bill Doyle!

      I’m really sorry for that mistake inside the article. Of course, there need to be word “brands” instead of “brains”. We’ve already fixed it.
      Thank you for letting us know! Have a great day!

  • Dima,
    First, thanks for making this guide. I’m surprised Piratall isn’t on your list, though. Of all the Adderall alternatives I’ve tried, Piratall is the only one that has actually worked and that I could seriously use instead of Adderall. I’ve tried taking it instead of my 30 mg of Adderall XR in the morning and it keeps me awake and focused all day, when normally I’d be falling asleep and not getting anything done if I didn’t take my Adderall. Even better, with the Piratall, I don’t get the drymouth and bad breath I get from taking Adderall and I didn’t feel so much like an emotionless robot. Also, it doesn’t have any of the annoying sexual side-effects Adderall has. >_<
    I might be losing my insurance pretty soon, and if I do, my plan is to start taking Piratall in the morning instead. I'll keep taking Adderall for now because my insurance makes it really cheap, but the second they drop me, I'm going to order more Piratall and then maybe get in touch with Pirate Botanicals (http://PirateBotanicals.com) to see if they offer discounts for bulk purchases. If it's a little too expensive, I'll take just one pill of the Piratall in the morning if I have to, instead of two. One Piratall is easily enough to get me through the day anyway. If I had to estimate, I'd say one Piratall is like 2/3 of the effect of 30 mg of Adderall XR, and a dose of Piratall is supposed to be 2 pills anyway, so that would double how long I could make my order last.

    • Hey, Sean!

      Thanks for the compliment. We tried to be as thorough as possible, but this supplement was not on our list to research. We will add it to future lists, though. As I see Piratall contains Huperzine A, Caffeine, and Guarana Root powder. From my quick research, I found this information about Huperzine A and Guarana Root.

      Huperzine A is a substance purified from a plant called Chinese club. Huperzine A is used for improving cognitive function, Alzheimer’s disease, memory and learning enhancement, age-related memory impairment, and global clinical status. Huperzine A is thought to be beneficial for the muscular disorder myasthenia gravis because it causes an increase in the levels of acetylcholine which is the chemical that motor neurons of the nervous system release in order to activate muscles.

      Guarana is a plant named for the Guarani tribe in the Amazon. Guarana is used for weight loss, to enhance athletic performance, as a stimulant, and to reduce mental and physical fatigue. The main ingredient is caffeine.

      My question is why to combine the same working ingredients (caffeine in this case) twice in one product…?

      Anyway, it’s a great help to us and our readers that you included the website and your own personal experience.

      Thank you!

  • I turn 55 this year and having memory issues and brain fog, i thought I seriously can’t be getting dementia already. So I saw my MD who recommended a Neurologist who said I had ADD. I gave her the Star Trek Mr. Spook one eyebrow raise. I thought you have got to be kidding, I was an A/B student all the way through High School and when I turn 51 I went to seminary and got my M.Th in under 2 years. She asked me about hyper-focus, yea if I am in the “zone” the world could be on fire and I’d never notice. Anyway I started to take Omega-3 from fish oil and hookey pete after a few days I felt on top of the world. I had to be careful, I felt a little sassy/cocky like I could take on someone half my age and whoopem. Dang if that fish oil didn’t change things. I wanted nothing to do with prescription “scary” drugs.

    • Hello, Larry!

      I’m happy that Omega-3 has helped you! It’s way better than taking some prescription drugs for sure. As for my general note, Omega-3 fats build brain cell membranes, reduce brain inflammation, and promote new brain cell formation. Your brain is mostly fat, 60% of which is the omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). A recent study showed that taking DHA supplements at 1.16 grams per day improves reaction times of working memory by 20% for men, meaning that they were able to complete working memory tasks 20% fast. For women, it has been shown the greatest improvements in episodic memory.

      Thank you!

  • Great blog post, Dima. It’s worth noting that Adrafinil metabolizes in the liver into Modafinil and is much safer for those worried about purchasing it online.

    Currently, Modafinil is controlled, but Adrafinil is not, so it’s the best option by far both legally and price wise.

    • Hey Yashar,

      Thanks for the compliment.

      You are right. Before starting the either of these supplements, we recommend talking to your doctor.

      Because they are metabolized in the liver, it could risk dangerous interactions with other medications.

  • Thank you so much for all the info! My 13 yr old son has been diagnosed w/ADD. As unsettling as that is, I am completely against prescription drugs. I’ts re-assuring to know of all these natural alternatives. I am looking forward to starting him on one of these, Piracetam sounds like the best to me(for him). We try to lead a healthy lifestyle, but obviously he is also deficient in zinc&B vitamins. He is a growing boy&needs alot more nutrients that his diet is not providing.

    • Hey Alisia,

      Thanks for posting this comment, because many people could take the same path you’re looking at.

      Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting your son on any type of alternative.

      While we agree with you that prescription medication should not be the first step, jumping into alternatives without a doctor’s aid could be just as dangerous.

      As you said, he’s a growing boy and some of these alternatives might be too much for his body. Please follow a recommendation and do not give your son any alternative without talking to a doctor first.

  • Hello! This is a very informative article and I appreciate it so much! If you truly have 80 HD the struggle is real for so many of us and information like this can make a world of difference! I no longer want to take the Adderall and my doctor is OK with this. I am seeking other alternatives that are more natural such as things you listed above. My main concern is the lack of motivation, energy, and a very short attention span when I’m not on the Adderall. Can you please steer me towards something that you listed above that will be more beneficial for the few issues that I listed. I’m on 15 mg of Adderall a day twice a day, but most times I don’t take the second dose. Thank you so much for your help and information! You are a lifesaver!

    • Hey Shellie!

      Thank you for the great compliment.

      Many of the alternatives we recommend here will help with energy and your attention span.

      We recommend reading up on each of the supplements to make sure it matches your particular needs.

      Talk with your doctor, as you have been, so you both can work together to make sure the alternative is working for you properly.

      Other techniques, such as meditation and yoga, may help you as well.

  • Hi, I have a nine year old son who gets good grades as in B’s in overal now.

    Before he used to get in the 90’s, his teachers in the past and present class keeps telling me he looses focus and is very self distracted…

    I have been giving him gotu kola( a herb), omega3 fish oil seven seas and ginko(nature ways)…..

    His teachers thinks he has signs of adhd, which i suspect too.

    I’m having a visit with his doctor nextweek, but i want to know which one of your products is best suited for his condition and can i try him on one befor i pay for an assesment that might cost me a fortune….

    • Hey Elizabeth!

      This is a really difficult question to answer.

      We recommend you continue with the doctor visit next week and see what they recommend.

      If you do not feel your child should be put on a prescription medication, which is your right as the guardian of the patient to deny the treatment. We recommend visiting a certified herbalist or naturopathic doctor to talk about the specific conditions your child has. They will be able to prescribe a unique and personalized herb and supplement program that will meet all of the needs of your child without having to waste money on things that may not work.

    • Since your child’s problem is not severe, I’d be very hesitant about messing with his brain chemistry, whether through herbs or medications. Have you tried researching behavioral approaches – strategies he can learn to keep himself more focused? Or perhaps he’s just bored…are you sure his classes are mentally stimulating and challenging enough? Paradoxically, children can often do worse when the content is too easy for them, because they get bored and lose focus.

      Have you investigated whether there also might be something else going on in his life that has him mentally distracted? (An extreme example would be something like sexual abuse… I’m not suggesting that it’s likely that anything that serious or dramatic is going on, but other kinds of stress, whether it be coping with death or divorce, or even just some kind of social issue, like bullying, can also cause behavior such as you described, so it’s important to rule out those kinds of things, too.)

      I was an elementary teacher for several years back in the late 80s and early 90s, and it was very rare that a student needed to be dosed with anything to “fix” less-than-optimal behavior. It’s certainly important that kids receive proper nutrition and sufficient sleep (I’m assuming your child gets both of those), and that they live in a safe and nurturing environment, but, after that, I’d look into, and rule out, as many non-supplement/medication causes and solutions as I could before turning to messing with brain chemistry, even in seemingly “harmless” ways (herbal solutions are not necessarily safer than manufactured ones), because it’s hard to know what the long-term effects will be on a developing brain.

      • Hey, Sandra!

        We agree with you. Hopefully, this mother took their child to a doctor and was able to seek out alternative practitioners to discover different approaches for helping her son. All of the scenarios you mentioned are absolutely possibilities. A good alternative practitioner will be able to recommend the behavioral changes that you said and will also focus on proper nutrition and sleep before going into an herb or supplement routine.

        We recommend to most people to visit a regular doctor often, even though we believe most medicine is overused and abused. While most problems can resolve with proper diet, exercise, and herbal supplementation, there are some things like injuries or disruptions in brain chemistry that are better served with allopathic medicine. Having a combination of approaches that use the advanced diagnosis techniques of allopathic medicine to find the problem and the gentle and long-term holistic medicines to fix the problem will give the best opportunities for people.

        Thank you!

  • Hi Dima

    Which one is the best for my son who is 18 for studying and exams? He is not on any others medication but feels it is hard to concentrate and focus. Thank you

    • Hey, Megan!

      This is a hard question to answer. We recommend visiting an herbalist or a naturopath to help your son choose an alternative medicine and supplementation routine that will best fit his physiology and needs. That way, you don’t have to waste time or money on supplements that may or may not help or could hurt him.

    • Hey, Deepmeds!

      This is a loaded question. Scientifically, Adderall and Ritalin have more studies behind them to show their effectiveness and consistency within various ages of the population. Alternatives, such as Modafinil, do not have the scientific studies and are more difficult to monitor the results. As for effectiveness, most people that are using the alternatives find that they had fewer side effects and equal or better concentration and focus results. It is because of the lack of scientific study on the alternatives that doctors are not prescribing them. We promote their use here as other options to prescription medication when people work with a doctor or naturopath to make sure that it will fill their needs. Many people come to this website because they experience adverse side effects of using prescription medications.

      Thank you!

  • I’m enjoying to learn about alternative medications because I’ve been taking meds since I was 13 I am now 32. Nothing seems to work. Id love to try your alternative medicines. Thanks.

    • Hey, Jesicalen!

      I’m glad some of the stuff that we’re providing here is helping you. Many of the alternatives and supplements that we recommend work for many people. They are less harmful than prescription medications. We recommend working with a naturopath or holistic doctor to make sure that the alternatives you are choosing will work for your body and will not interfere with medication. We want to make sure that what does work for you will work well and work fast.

      Thank you!

  • Hi, Dima read up all looks like helpful information.
    One thing not covered was are any of these products swab as an illegal substance for use in sporting events.

    • Hey, Len!

      We’re glad we could help you. One of the reasons we don’t cover a lot of sports regulations is because there are so many regulations across the various sports and the different countries. What works in some sporting arenas and is perfectly acceptable are banned in others. In many of our articles, we do recommend that people check with local regulations to make sure the supplement they are taking will not interfere with medications.

      Hope it helps.

    • Hey, Calvin!

      Thanks for sharing. We find these supplements to be excellent, too, and they include many of the alternatives that we have mentioned on the site. Since everybody’s health is different, many supplements will work better for some people and not at all for others. We’ll check out your experience to this, so thanks for sharing.

  • Hi Dima,

    Thank you for the article it is very useful, I just want to ask about the alternatives you posted, can I use all of them together or try every medicine alone to see what works best on me? I lack focus, energy, and remembering things. I used to do a drug called concerta it was helpful for the first 4 hours then i don’t feel it anymore so I need your advice please. Age 26, thank you!

    • Hey Majid!

      Thank you for the compliment. We do not recommend trying all of the supplements together. Mixed, some of these may provide unhealthy and toxic levels of some nutrients. We do recommend trying one at a time, so you know which one will be the most beneficial to you and provide the best solution. All of the ones we had mentioned provide relief and benefits too many different people in different ways. We recommend reading the descriptions of the various alternatives and seeing which one best matches your particular issues and beginning there. Aside from this article, we also have recommendations for these supplements. A search in our website will yield dozens of different beneficial supplements.

  • Thanks for putting these great suggestions up. For anyone still looking for adderall alternatives or a way to lessen the side effects of adderall, I’d recommend Melatonin, which dampens the effects of catecholamines and is particularly effective at night and Vitamin C, which promotes the clearance of Adderall from the nervous and blood systems.

    • Hey John!

      That’s a good question. As far as we are aware, there are no large box stores that carry these products. Some local health food stores and supplement shops may contain these. Generally, many of the manufacturers will only sell online because of the high cost associated with getting into large box stores. If you do order online, make sure you know where they supplements are shipping from. Some areas have delays in crossing customs, and some supplements are not allowed to cross borders.

      • Why would large box stored not carry the product if it actually works? I am skeptical if this work. I’ve been burned by miracle medicines before. Is there something you can tell me that could put my skepticism to rest?

        • Hi, Kevin!

          Yes. You can refer to my prevous answer to you. All your health problems may be solved by natural medicine. But, you need to have a great desire to become healthy with some life changes. First of all be happy! After that refer to my previous answer and make changes in your eating principles.

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          Have a great healthy day!

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