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If you're talking pharmaceutical nootropics ('racetams etc.)....
My experience and what feels like the experience of most people: Dabble in a bunch of random chemicals for a few months and decide it's not really worth the cost and hassle.
I find it useful when I need to be alert and focus on intensive work over extended hours.
Can't say I suffer from side effects other than insomnia, have learnt the day I take one, I try take it around 5am so I can get to sleep by 11pm/12am. I do not take them unless I need it.
Not sure if it is just the placebo effect, but feel like I am Eddie Mora from the film Limitless when on it.
Sounds like your kidneys were affected. I try not take every day as I really battle to get good sleep if taking over consecutive days, in a busy week will probably take 2/3 times and stop.I used to use it about 12 years ago for marathon coding sessions. Amazing drug!
I eventually stopped using it because the side effects for me were worrying: back pain, muscle spasms, and I felt dehydrated despite drinking a lot.
Not a placebo - that's pretty much how I felt on it!
Sounds like your kidneys were affected. I try not take every day as I really battle to get good sleep if taking over consecutive days, in a busy week will probably take 2/3 times and stop.