It seems like every week the nootropics world is faced with another unique blend. Some are better than others, but most are of poor quality. We tend to focus on the effective and forward looking nootropics like truBrain, Qualia, and Nootrobox, which all have their strengths. Our absence of reviews usually indicates a lower quality product as was the case with Addium.
We can no longer stand by as people continue to buy Addium without fair warning. The Addium drug may have been one of the first nootropic stacks, but their shady marketing and poor product have turned off customers.
But not all of them.
This Addium review is to help the remaining audience to avoid searching for the so-called “limitless pill Addium” and instead see the truth of this poorly made and marketed product.
What’s worse, as we will later prove, the brand behind Addium is now making a similarly misrepresenting drug called Cogniflex.
What is Addium?
Addium is a unique nootropic stack made by a shady marketing group with the objective of bilking ignorant users out of money. Given there are over 30,000 people searching for this nootropic and their new product Cogniflex, there are many unwitting participants in their misleading enterprise.
Addium Reviews of Shady Marketing
Digging around on the Addium reviews online, there is a lot of shady marketing clearly on display. One of their go-to promotions was to compare Addium vs Adderall, which is a pharmaceutical grade amphetamine used for treating symptoms of ADHD.
In their marketing comparing the two drugs, they even created a fake iReport leaching credibility from CNN. One was on Medium and the other entitled “Real Life Limitless Pill Stirs Controversy on College Campus” were both incredibly misleading and dangerous for public health.
As the images below show, they’ve both been (thankfully) removed.
Seeing the Addium reviews regarding their marketing ploys is not a good start and it doesn’t get any better. Many of the prior customers of Addium complain about their operations and sales. The Addium free trial isn’t free at all. Customers complain of an Addium hoax or a scam.
The truth is, while it seems like an Addium scam, it’s really just a shady auto-rebill marketing model. This is where they give out an Addium free trial, but collect credit card information to bill you later on. It isn’t a scam per se, but it is a bit shady.
Customers on Amazon aren’t thrilled with Addium pills either. Here is some of the evidence to suggest this. First, the product currently has 2.5 stars after nearly 900 reviews. Over 42% gave it a one star review.
Beyond some specific complaints regarding the effects (which can happen to any company or nootropic stack no matter how credible), there were complaints about fraud and sending the wrong product.
Stay clear of Addium… and Cogniflex.
Cogniflex and Addium: What’s the Connection?
No more than 6 months ago, there were approximately 27,000 searching for Addium in Google every month. Today that figure stands at 13,000 and hopefully will continue to go down. Unfortunately, the reason less people are searching for this drug is because more are searching for Cogniflex.
Cogniflex may seem like a separate brand, but is one and the same. In 2015, when Addium got into trouble for creating LegalAdderall.com, they got into hot water.
They’re doing the same thing today under a different name.
Many of the Cogniflex reviews complain of the same problem as Addium. We suggest you stay clear of Cogniflex and treat it as the same as Addium.
Proprietary Blends and Addium Ingredients
As if all the shady marketing and stereotypical nootropic antics weren’t enough, the Addium ingredients aren’t anything special and they’re hidden behind a proprietary blend. Here are the ingredients listed on the label with the adequate doses of each:
- Acetyl-L-Carnitine (600 – 2000 mg)
- L-Theanine (120 – 200 mg)
- Caffeine (80 – 100 mg)
- Rhodiola rosea extract (200 – 600 mg)
- Bacopa monnieri extract (200 mg)
The total of all Addium ingredients in the proprietary blend should equate to at least 1200 mg on the low end and 3100 mg on the high end.
Addium has 760 mg total within their proprietary blend. Not nearly enough.
Considering many people complain of heart rate issues, I wouldn’t be surprised if 200 mg comes from caffeine alone.
Addium Side Effects
As mentioned above, many of the Addium side effects are related to gastrointestinal distress and heart rate problems. A heart rate issue is undoubtedly caused by the caffeine, which is probably in the 200 mg range (or ?th of the product).
It does not seem like many of the Addium side effects are life threatening, but they can both ruin your day and cause fear related to nootropic supplementation and cognitive enhancers in general. It is best to avoid Addium altogether (even if you have already purchased the product). This is the only sure way to avoid Addium side effects.
According to the online searches, it seems there was an Addium WebMD reference. Whether the makers of this supplement fabricated this or not, it is similar to the Addium drug Wikipedia comments.
People are seeing the drug on reputable sites (such as WebMD or Wikipedia) and assuming the product is reputable when it’s not. Stick to the Addium reviews online and you’ll have a much better picture of the product.
Addium and Cogniflex: Here’s the Good News
There are 14,000 fewer people searching for Addium every month than six months ago. Hopefully the number for Cogniflex will go down as well, but it is up to astute readers such as yourself to vote for other companies and products with your hard earned money.
Out of the unique nootropic stacks and blends, we suggest Qualia, which includes 42 ingredients with adequate doses (we also have a coupon code for you for 10% off using “NOOTROPEDIA”). This is only our recommendation if you do not want to find what works best for you.
We are all unique individuals with brain chemistry that requires us to seek the best nootropic for us. Few (if any) will find Addium valuable beyond the stimulating effect from the caffeine, but the cost and shady marketing far outweighs the benefits.
With brands like Neurohacker Collective and Nootrobox launching safer, more scientifically backed products for consumers, we’re on the right track.