Modern times are interesting.  Given the advent of new technologies, the average human is able to pursue many different activities at once.  We are continually seeking to accomplish a million different tasks, seemingly without enough time to do so. Multi-tasking is the order of the day. Such a lifestyle lends itself naturally to short attention spans and waning focus.

Fortunately, there is a solution to our focus problem.  A variety of nootropics can vastly improve our ability to focus. Different nootropics in this category provide different results, rangings from mild effects to strong, long lasting changes.

Below, we have listed the best nootropics to help improve focus. Whatever level of concentration you need, there’s something on this list that will best suit your need.

1. Noopept

Noopept is a popular nootropic today. It’s closely related to the racetam family and rated about 1000 times stronger than piracetam; a nootropic considered one of the oldest and most trusted.

Noopept was patented first in the United States in 1995 which makes it a relatively recent nootropic to be introduced to consumers.



Noopept’s active mechanism is similar to that of racetams where it affects AMPA and NDMA receptor sites. Furthermore, it stimulates dopamine, acetylcholine, and serotonin; these three important chemicals affect focus, memory, and mood, respectively.

2. Adrafinil

Adrafinil is a nootropic in the category of eugeroics. A “eugeroic” substance promotes wakefulness and alertness.

Adrafinil is similar to the prescription drug modafinil. The two are related in that adrafinil breaks down into modafinil in the body, creating the same effects.  Modafinil is often prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), cognitive impairment, fatigue, and other conditions.



Adrafinil increases the neurotransmitter hypocretin which promotes wakefulness, appetite, and arousal. Increased levels of hypocretin increase dopamine, histamine, and norepinephrine. These three chemicals play an essential role in our ability to focus.

3. Modafinil

Experienced nootropic users prefer modafinil to adrafinil for a few critical reasons. First, for it to be useful, its breakdown doesn’t necessarily need to occur in the liver.

The body can use Modafinil without having to convert it into another compound.

Modafinil is also very powerful, which is another reason many people prefer it.

Finally, modafinil leads to users experiencing effects much faster than adrafinil.


Most nootropic users prefer a short lead time from ingestion to experiencing effects. Adrafinil takes much longer for its effects occur because it has to convert into modafinil first.

4. Oxiracetam

It’s another popular nootropic in the category of racetam. It is more potent than piracetam with more stimulating effects. It is not more powerful than Noopept, however.



Oxiracetam’s working mechanism is similar to other racetams. It influences the cholinergic and acetylcholine systems. It’s proved to stimulate NDMA and AMPA receptors apart from the cholinergic system which results in an increased ability to focus.

5. Piracetam

We can’t conclude this list without mentioning piracetam. It is the first racetam, created in 1964 by the Romanian chemist Corneliu Giurgea.

Piracetam has the weakest effects of the racetam family or related nootropics on the list.   However, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t effective.

The full working mechanism of piracetam has not been fully uncovered.  It is, however, thought to increase focus by triggering NMDA and AMPA receptor sites. Additionally, it’s known to affect acetylcholine, and its receptor sites.


Piracetam is a great nootropic for the uninitiated that would like to try enhancing their cognitive abilities.  It has an excellent safety record.  The only side effects are reported at significantly higher doses.