Adderall is a prescription medication often employed in helping control disorders such as ADHD. In these cases, Adderall is depended on to calm hyperactivity while helping those taking it to focus.

Unfortunately, Adderall isn’t perfect. For one, it is habit-forming and it isn’t rare to hear stories about the medication being abused as a study aid, for example.

If you want all the benefits of Adderall in a different form, though, you aren’t out of luck. Thanks to the expanding market of nootropics, there are plenty of choices other than Adderall to help you stay focused. Here, we will take a look at some nootropics you will like in the place of Adderall.

1. Modafinil

The first nootropic that we will look at here is modafinil. The best way to describe modafinil is as a wakefulness promoting agent. In other words, it helps you get up and go much like a cup of coffee would. Unlike drinking a large amount of coffee, though, modafinil doesn’t give you a crash as it starts to wear off.

With this wakefulness, comes an extra amount of focus. This is another great thing about modafinil when compared to waking up with cups of coffee – it won’t make you jittery while you’re trying to focus either.

As far as dosing, modafinil typically comes in 100 mg doses. When you find the dose that works for you, don’t take more than that. You won’t get any extra effects from the extra amount.


Racetam is one of the most popular families of nootropics. With that in mind, phenylpiracetam is often considered the most powerful among them. It helps to give you a strong sense of focus when you take it.

When it comes to the dosage of phenylpiracetam, remember that less is more. As it is so potent, taking too much can give you unwanted side effects such as jitters and anxiety. So, start at a very low dose and work your way up. As soon as you feel the focus that phenylpiracetam brings stay at that dose.

It should also be noted that phenylpiracetam lasts for a few hours. In other words, if you take it particularly late in the day, you might have some trouble falling asleep.

3. Aniracetam

If phenylpiracetam is a little too strong for you but you are still interested in checking out the racetam family, give aniracetam a try. In fact, aniracetam is one of the first members of the racetam family.

This nootropic is made to boost cognition. However, it isn’t that limited in its scope. Additionally, it helps to balance your mood in ways such as reducing anxiety and boosting your mood.

The dosage of aniracetam goes as high as 3000 mg a day but, again, you should start small and gradually work your way up to a dose that works for you. Some users break these doses up into multiple, smaller doses throughout the day.

4. Uridine

While you might not have heard of uridine in your first glance at nootropics, it is definitely one that deserves your attention.

Uridine is a more long-term way to improve your focus rather than a method of instant gratification. Over time, it helps with neurogenesis. This means that it helps to repair brain cells. This makes it a particularly good option if you have lost focus due to injuries or drug abuse.

Most will recommend that uridine be taken in doses of 100 mg to 200 mg twice a day. This is a lot of uridine, though. In fact, you can get the same effect from putting 10 mg under your tongue.

5. L-Tyrosine

Finally, we will take a look at l-tyrosine. This is actually an amino acid that is metabolized in the body into l-dopa which is metabolized into dopamine. This is helpful because it helps anyone who has a dopamine deficiency which can lower mood and throw off motivation and focus.

Dosing, again, starts small and moves up until you find the appropriate amount. Be careful because if you were to take too much l-tyrosine, you might have some unpleasant side effects such as nausea.

If you are interested in a more bioavailable form of l-tyrosine, you can take a look at N-acetyl-tyrosine which is often referred to as NALT.

To sum up there are plenty of choices in the nootopics’ sphere, however, one has to be very careful and take them responsibly and in a safe manner.