nootropic

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no·o·trop·ic

(nō-ō-trop'ik),
Denotes an agent having an effect on memory.

nootropic

[nō·ətrop′ik]
a chemical designed to increase brain metabolism.

nootropic

adjective Referring to a nootropic agent.
 
noun Any agent—drug, functional food, nutraceutical or nutritional supplement—which is thought to improve mental function, including attention, cognition, concentration, memory or motivation, allegedly by increasing the availability of neurotransmitters, enzymes or hormones, and by increasing O2 delivery or stimulating neural activity.

There is little clinical evidence that most agents advertised as nootropics actually work as advertised.

nootropic

(nō″ă-trŏp′ĭk) [Gr. nous, mind + tropikos, turning, affecting]
Capable of improving or preserving memory, of potentiating learning, or of preventing cognitive decline or dementia.
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The first nootropic drug put on the market was piracetam in 1971.
oleracea is an active compound for improving cognitive function and is also a candidate nootropic drug for the treatment of age-related dementia.
Background: Compounds that possess a pyrrolidone skeleton are a rich resource for the discovery of nootropic drugs.
Nootropic drugs improve learning and memory consolidation without affecting other parts of the central nervous system (CNS), and are usually non-toxic even at high doses.
The patient was treated with nootropic drugs and mild rehabilitation treatment was started.
Mazanov also noted that nootropic drugs are "questionable.
Because of these results and these considerations, the use of nootropic drugs, especially cholinergics, in RDs is understandable; the prototype of this class is piracetam, a derivative of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) (Winblad, 2005).
Scopolamine, a non-selective muscarinic receptor antagonist, therefore has been used as a pharmacological tool to evaluate the effects of nootropic drugs on memory deficits in experimental animals (Smith, 1988; Egashira et al.