Imitation, some would say, is the sincerest form of flattery. But I wonder how the pharmaceutical makers of drugs like Adderall feel about brands that have quite obviously been named with the intention of copying them.
Rather than using the exact same chemical formulation, these ‘smart pills’ occupy a space that falls between drugs and herbal supplements, with more than one similarity to controlled substances but falling short of needing to be licensed in the same way.
Aiming to improve concentration, focus, mental energy and beat fatigue, these nootropic supplements intend to copy the stimulation of compounds such as caffeine but also provide nutrients to the brain to improve its function. As I am fast learning this is a competitive and saturated market, with a profusion of products to choose from.
So I’ve taken a look at a product called ‘AdderRx’ which I think goes about as far as you can go in copying an existing pharmaceutical – Adderall – (in name only), because I really want to know more about the manufacturers, what they say the product can do, and most importantly whether or not it is likely to deliver.
AdderRx is, like a host of other nootropics, branded in a pharmaceutical style, aiming to meet customers at the crossing between medicine and herbal supplement. Appealing to people who want to improve their focus but who don’t want a prescription, the branding on the container would stand out on the shelf as crisp and science-y.
Nexgen’s AdderRx concentration and focus supplement has been a best selling neuro-enhancement for the last several years.
…says the blurb as I click on the Nexgen Biolabs site, but then I hit upon a big problem.
The main issue I have in finding anything out about this brand beyond what it looks like and how much it retails for is that I cannot get the Nexgen Biolabs site to load. Frustrated, I’m left looking around the web and finding disappointingly little that looks legitimate (from the manufacturers) and rather a lot of poor reviews.
I even stumble across some claims that they hire people to write false reviews. This isn’t looking good as first impressions go!
Not to be put off by the Nexgen site being offline, I pursue some other avenues to find ample information for my AdderRx review.
Background on Nexgen Biolabs Inc
AdderRx is one of many products manufactured by Nexgen Biolabs Inc. Their products are all named with a play on the pharmaceutical angle by using ‘RX’ in the title (including ZenRx, PhenRx).
They call themselves “supplement and Nutraceuticals” makers, and I must admit I’ve never heard of the latter so, looking around to see what else I can find on this phrase, I discover that it is a “pharmaceutical alternative that claims to have physiological benefits’. A fairly broad term, then, but one which nevertheless makes people think of science-y things and evidence-supported claims.
But, with the eagle eyes of an editor (and now finally able to get on their site) I see this sentence which doesn’t fill me with confidence:
We have continually follow the latest in neuro-science and listened to our thousands of customers over the years, to continual update and improve on our best selling formula.Nexgen Biolabs
Now, in a market where marketing is absolutely King, I would expect the makers to be giving a little more thought to their spelling and grammar! Being pedantic about your values is my thing, it may not be yours, but if you want people to part with their money, I believe you have to look legitimate.
They also have a ‘science’ landing page with ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ON IT.
Anyway, they follow up with the common caveat that ‘statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration’ don’t seem to be putting customers off, and I see this disclaimer everywhere with manufacturers who make supplements getting away with quite frankly astonishing claims.
But I’m left feeling very unsure of what this brand is about. What do they stand for? What is their ‘why’? I don’t even know what this pill claims to do! Let’s see if we can at least find out what is inside it…
What Ingredients inside AdderRx?
Taking a close look at the ingredients is what my whole blog is about. I believe in being transparent and honest about your product and that this is the only way you can legitimately expect customers to believe your claims.
So what do they say AdderRX does and what is inside?
AdderRX is supposed to be ‘Pharmaceutical grade Nuphetamine HCM’.
So, what’s inside the AdderRx formula?
The ingredients are listed – per 770mg capsule:
- Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE)
- 1,3,7 Trimethylxanthine
- Cytidine 5’ – Diphosphocholine
- Synephrine HCL
- N,N-dimethyl-4-hydroxyphenylethylamine (Hordenine)
- Schizandrol A
There are no dosage / ingredient amounts stated on the ingredients listing so already we can see that this is a proprietary blend.
Are There Any AdderRx Side Effects?
I would think so but I’m absolutely out of my depth in terms of these ingredients and how they might interact. You are advised, as usual, to use your own judgment and preferably speak to a pharmacist or Doctor if you are considering taking this product.
Does AdderRx Actually Work?
Simply put they are mostly stimulants, and there appears to be no research conducted into how they would interact (either as a pill where all ingredients are taken together or if you are taking other supplements alongside AdderRX).
DMAE, Trimethylxanthine, Cytidine 5’ – Diphosphocholine are forms of choline which has been researched and used in pharmaceuticals to fight cognitive decline in old age (examine.com) research is ongoing and doses are in the range of 500 – 1500mg.
Synephrine is a stimulant and is often taken in doses of 10-20mg thrice per day for weight loss. WebMD has a caution about interactions and states it is known to cause high blood pressure and interacts with caffeine.
Hordenine is another stimulant (adrenegenic-like compound) which has not been sufficiently researched. Examine.com has the following statement:
Hordenine is on the FDA’s Dietary Supplement Ingredient Advisory List as of April, 2019. These are ingredients that do not appear to be lawful ingredients in dietary supplements.
There are links to some of these ingredients being used as pharmaceuticals and in the treatment of something or another, however it bears repeating that there has been NO research into the pharmaceutical use of these compounds in this particular formulation. There are strong cautions, for example, against taking bitter orange (synephrine) with antidepressant medication.
AdderRx Customer Reviews
I couldn’t find a listing on Amazon so I’ve gone straight to the customer reviews on Walmart, there are only six listed:
would recommend5 stars
Alongside customer reviews I also took a look at other critical reviews. One such calls it;
a cheap proprietary blend full of harmful stimulants
How to Take AdderRx
The guidance on the label is to take one capsule per day.
Any Money Back Guarantee?
Finally able to check on the Nexgen Biolabs site, I see that they offer a full refund if items are returned (unused) within 30 days.
Where to Buy AdderRx
What’s the Cost of AdderRx?
Now would be a good time to buy if you are interested in trying AdderRx (based on my review!) because the price has dropped from the standard cost of $69.99 to $39.99 for 30 capsules.
(Note the sale page takes you through to the Walmart site so you are not actually buying off the Nexgen site directly).
If you buy 2–3 items you receive 12% off, 4–5 items 16% off and for 6 or more items you get 20% off. This pricing structure covers all products.
My Verdict: AdderRx
In terms of cheap imitation goods this appears to be just about the lowest in a sea full of products claiming to do similar things to Adderall. There is no effort to supply information about the blend, no science, no grasping for research to back up any claims.
This company seems to be doing their very least in order to get the product out there, but here’s the thing: people are still buying it!
That golden promise of better focus is SO valuable that people will take concoctions of goodness-only-knows in order to achieve something that, well, it isn’t even written on the bottle!
AdderRx is, in my opinion, skating on the very thin ice of supplement promises, and has absolutely no backup to any claims. At the furthest reaches of integrity and safety, it includes ingredients which are considered to be unsafe by the FDA (but remember that supplements are not regulated by the FDA).
Based entirely on suggestive advertising and reviews, sales continue to keep this product out there, but I would be strongly encouraging people to look out alternative nootropics that have more solid backing, such as Mind Lab Pro for starters.
For my dollar, I’ll be looking for a more premium product to take as part of my nootropic stack.