If you’re looking into nootropics for memory, mood, or cognitive function, you definitely want to know if the supplement will interact with your medications. Whether it’s blood-thinner, pain medication, or especially antidepressants.
I’ll break down a few ingredients to look out for in your nootropics, and which may or may not interact with your prescription medications. But in the end, the best advice is to ask your physician. If you’re taking any prescription antidepressant, you need to consult a doctor before introducing new supplements or medications.
Ingredients to Look Out For
Some common nootropic medications are highly effective for their purpose. Whether it’s Green Tea Extract for brain function, L-Theanine for stress and mood, or Ginkgo for memory, every ingredient in a good nootropic has its uses and benefits. But some of them also have their drawbacks.
Below is a list of ingredients and how they may or may not react with antidepressants.
From the research I’ve done, the two biggest things to look for are Ginkgo and Ginseng. That’s good news and bad news. The good news is that it seems that the large proportion of nootropic ingredients are safe.
The bad news is that Ginkgo and Ginseng are both very common ingredients. No matter what, it’s best to consult your physician before buying or taking any supplement if you’re on prescription medication. Take a list of ingredients for your chosen nootropic, and discuss them with your doctor.
Last word, if you’re considering taking a supplement, of any kind, and you cannot find an ingredient list for them, do not take them.