New Study Warns that Focus Boosting Medications Put Users at Risk

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A recent study has revealed that focus on boosting drugs that are taken without a prescription offer only temporary benefits while putting the user’s cognitive health at risk. Focus boosting medications according to the new study can be harmful to the cognitive health of a young healthy adult who takes them without prescription. Back in 2016, a study revealed that the unprescribed use of focus enhancing medications in the United States had increased by 67% in six years and these drugs were used by young adults.

Focus Boosting Drugs Have Adverse Effect On Users

Health experts have said that people who often use focus boosting drugs are those who find it hard to study in school and who can’t concentrate at work. A short article which featured in The Lancet of 2018, noted that Adderall and other stimulants have become the perfect chemical accomplice in a world where so much emphasis is placed on productivity.

Adderall is a drug that contains amphetamine and is prescribed by health professionals for individuals with narcolepsy or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This condition makes the patient sleep uncontrollably even during the day. Their attention span is short and they are often unable to complete tasks at work and school.

The manufacturers of Adderall made the drug to help people with these conditions stay alert and focused for a longer period. Unfortunately, young healthy adults who have heard of the effectiveness of the drug have started using it to enhance their performance at school and at work. What this means is that they can study and work for longer hours without becoming distracted.

While this may seem like a major benefit of Adderall, the new study says that in the long run, the medication will have an adverse effect on the individual’s health. Unprescribed use of psychostimulants like Adderall can negatively affect the quality of your sleep, your level of concentration, and working memory.

Lead author, Lauren Whitehurst warns that healthy individuals who use psychostimulants to boost their cognitive processes may incur unintended costs that result from a lack of sleep.

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