Like any other drugs or chemicals, nootropics have potential side effects to its users. The gravity or extent of the side effects vary. But, know that this doesn’t mean nootropics are unsafe.
Before a specific type of Nootropics makes it to the market, it has already undergone extensive research and clinical tests. Otherwise, it won’t be approved for human consumption or market release.
But to help set your mind about experiences a person may have after taking nootropics, here’s a quick list of their potential side effects.Headaches. This is the most common reported side effects of taking Nootropics. And also the easiest to remedy. When you take nootropics, your brain also works harder than usual. This may cause it to burn out and in turn, result in headaches. Try using choline to help ease your headache. If your headache persists or only grows stronger, stop taking nootropics in the meantime. See a physician to help you verify if it is the nootropic that is causing your headaches.
- Headaches. This is the most common reported side effects of taking Nootropics. And also the easiest to remedy. When you take nootropics, your brain also works harder than usual. This may cause it to burn out and in turn, result in headaches. Try using choline to help ease your headache. If your headache persists or only grows stronger, stop taking nootropics in the meantime. See a physician to help you verify if it is the nootropic that is causing your headaches.
- Difficulties when sleeping. There are certain types of nootropics made to increase your alertness. If you take them close to your bedtime, chances are you might find it harder to fall asleep. And when you finally doze off, the quality of your sleep might be poor. You might wake up feeling unrested or tired even if you have had enough rest. To counter this, avoid taking nootropics during later afternoons or evenings. Or you can also check out nootropics that promote sleep and use them as supplements. Consult your physician about the safe combination of nootropics that you can take.
- Stomach issues. Another potential side effect of nootropic is intestinal issues. If nootropics are taken excessively, it won’t be good for your GI tract. You might experience diarrhea, nausea, or pain in the stomach. To avoid this, always stay within the recommended dosage. If this doesn’t work, get off the nootropic for a few days. Let the side effects subside the natural way. If the stomach discomfort still persists, go see a doctor. It’s better to be sure about the cause of any health issues you’re experiencing.
- Nervousness or restlessness. Every nootropic works differently. Look at the ingredients or makeup of a nootropic and find out how they can affect you. Some nootropics help you relax or feel calmer, but if they’re not used properly, you may experience the other end of the spectrum instead. You might feel anxious or nervous. Instead of reaping the benefits of the nootropic, you might have to deal with another challenge. But then again, note that these cases are rare and usually are triggered by improper use.
- Skin irritation. Like any other drugs, some type of nootropics may cause rashes or other skin conditions as a side effect. But, note that these, more often than not, only show when nootropics are taken in excessive amounts. This can also be the result of settling for cheaper, poorly-formulated nootropics. Know your supplier or dealer before placing an order. Better yet, shop at reputable health stores or pharmacies. Also, don’t combine one type of nootropics with another, or nootropics with supplements without consulting an expert first.
Factors that Can Influence Side Effects of Nootropics
To sum it up, here are factors that can impact the side effects a person may observe when taking nootropics.
- Existing health condition
- Time of intake
- Interval between intake
- Duration of intake
- Body’s response
Nootropics are Safe When Used the Right Way
Nootropics are safe if they’re used the proper way. Stay within the recommended dosage and the risk of incurring side effects should be low. If it’s your first time, take a nootropic in small dosage. Pay attention to changes in your body before increasing your dosage.