5 Nootropics That Work Fast! [My Favorite Stacks]

Written on December 3, 2022 by | Reviewed by William Gallagher, MNeuroSci

In this article, I'll be discussing 5 different nootropics that I've had the most success with in regards to increasing focus, clarity, and overall cognitive ability.

This list is by no means exhaustive; there are literally thousands of nootropics out there but these 5 have been the most beneficial for me personally.

If you're looking for more information in terms of how quickly nootropics work, then this is the right article for you.

So without further ado, let's just get straight into it, shall we?

How Long Does it Usually Take For Nootropics to Work?

It really depends on the nootropic. Some nootropics can take a couple of days to really get all the benefits from them, whilst others can have noticeable effects from just one dose right away.

Most nootropics will have their effects felt within an hour or so of taking them, but the peak effects won't usually be reached until a few days later.

This is why it's important not to give up on nootropics too soon, and to give them at least a few days to work.

The problem is that people quit too soon because they fail to experience results right away.

If you're one of them, then the next part of this article is definitely for you.

Let's take a closer look at these 5 nootropics, and then I'll give you a detailed explanation of why I like each one so much.

Anyway on with the show…

5). Modafinil

Firstly I'll list all the reasons why you should consider Modafinil if you're looking to get some serious cognitive enhancement.

It's very useful in situations where you need to stay awake for prolonged periods of time.

Modafinil keeps you awake and alert without causing any jitters or anxiety, which is an amazing combination.

Whenever I take Modafinil on an empty stomach, I feel it after 15-20 minutes. Usually, the dosage is 100mg, but there are other people out there who can take as much as 300mg.

One single dose of Modafinil, 100mg, lasts anywhere between 5-8 hours for me.

4). Armodafinil

Armodafinil is another great nootropic, which basically works by increasing your brain's dopamine levels.

Dopamine is one of the most important neurotransmitters in the brain, and one of its main functions is helping you stay awake and focused.

By increasing dopamine levels, you're able to increase your feelings of focus and motivation, which means that you'll be able to stay awake for longer. Armodafinil is basically Modafinil's big brother. They both have similar chemical structures.

The only difference between the two is that Armodafinil has a longer half-life than Modafinil.

This means that it will last for a longer period of time in your system, and therefore you don't need to take it as frequently.

Whenever I take Armodafinil it usually kicks in after 30 minutes and lasts up to 12 hours. A standard dose of Armodafinil is considered to be anywhere from 75mg to 150 mg.

3). Adrafinil

Adrafinil is a mild stimulant, and it's one of the most popular nootropics out there because of its quicker effects.

It gets into your system only 20-45 minutes after taking it, and its effects last for about 8-12 hours.

Personally I don't like using Adrafinil alone because of its stimulant nature. But if you're looking for a quick boost in terms of energy and mental clarity, then this could be a good option for you.

I would recommend stacking 200 mg of Adrafinil with 200 mg of caffeine.

2). Phenylpiracetam

Phenylpiracetam is another great nootropic that I like using whenever I need to get a quick boost in terms of focus and energy. It has a slightly lower half-life than Modafinil, meaning that it will last for 3-6 hours in your system.

The main reason why I like using Phenylpiracetam is because of its effects on mental acuity.

If you're looking to overcome some mental limits and push yourself to the max, then Phenylpiracetam is definitely something you should consider taking.

For me, Phenylpiracetam usually kicks in after 20 minutes and I take 100 mg on an empty stomach in the morning with my coffee.

1). Caffeine + L-theanine stack

In my opinion, Caffeine is the most underrated nootropic in the world, and I would even say that it's better than Adrafinil to some extend.

There are many studies suggesting that caffeine improves your cognitive performance, and it's also an excellent fat burner.

I like stacking caffeine with L-theanine to create a synergistic effect on my mental performance.

The trick is to get enough caffeine without crashing. If you're taking 300 mg of caffeine by itself, it might cause your energy levels to go up and down, which isn't what you want when you're trying to stay focused.

L-theanine has been proven to moderate the negative side effects of caffeine, such as anxiety and restlessness. So I would generally recommend the combination of 200 mg of caffeine with 100 mg of L-theanine.

When you stack these two compounds they work right away.