So how could we resist? We went straight to the Addieup website, and from there to WebMD and a few other sites and back here again so you won’t have to … and this is what we found.
Is it just a coincidence that Addieup sounds just a little bit like Adderall … and that it’s formulated to have the same kind of effect while being available without a prescription?
Maybe. Then again, maybe not. Originally Addieup’s primary ingredient was 1,3 Dimethylamylamine – or DMAA as it was more commonly called – which was used for focus, concentration and a pre-workout supplement.
The US Army pulled products containing DMAA in 2011, and a couple of years later the FDA stepped in and forced supplement manufacturers to stop using it as an ingredient.
Addieup now contains another stimulant – methylpentane – instead, plus a huge amount of caffeine in various forms, so in short, what we’re looking at here isn’t really the nootropic it claims to be but a serious stimulant.
How many stimulants can you tolerate at once? Addieup contains caffeine, methylpentane, and guarana in every serving, so if your stimulant tolerance is low, you could expect digestive problems … headaches … irritability … insomnia and higher blood pressure.
Other potential side effects brought on by other ingredients can include urination problems, blurred vision and a noticeably fishy odour in breath, sweat and urine.
Pricing on the Addieup website is as follows:
1 bottle – 30 ct – $39.99.
1 bottle – 60 ct – $53.95.
3 bottles – 180 ct – $119.90 – that’s 1 free bottle.
5 bottles – 300 ct – $149.75 – that’s 2 free bottles.
And for the forgetful, there’s always the autoship option.
Then again, if you’re just curious about what Addieup can do, you can ask for a free sample. That’s two capsules.
Adderall/Addieup? It’s not that difficult to spot the similarity in those names, so that might just be a slick marketing ploy. But then again, that stroke of marketing genius might have been more through luck than judgement because the sales website itself was sloppily written, for example ‘What our customer say’ and ‘Establisged’ and many other errors that really should have been picked up. Plus, the link to the nutrition information page on that site brought up a page with no information of any kind on it. And of that usual ‘This product is not intended to cure or treat disease’ disclaimer we usually see on sites like these – no sign. Isn’t that illegal?
Sloppily done website: sloppily-made product? Hard to think otherwise.
As for the product itself, methylpentane – the alternative to the original DMAA – can cause tremors, heart failure and other major physical problems just like its predecessor. That’s even before that massive additional dosage of other stimulants such as caffeine and guarana.
And even though it does contain an unknown amount of the appropriate ingredients, this isn’t a serious nootropic like it’s primarily claimed to be. But it’ll certainly give your system a serious stimulant-based jolt which might well keep the appetite down, so its secondary claim of helping with weight loss might just be more valid.
So because Addieup is much more of a stimulant than the nootropic it claims to be, we’re going to reject it.
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Back in the days before the FDA halted the sale of supplements containing 1,3 Dimethylamylamine, or DMAA as it was more commonly known, that was Addieup’s primary ingredient. DMAA was then commonly used not just for mental support, as in focus and concentration, but also for physical support, as in a pre-workout supplement that boosted energy levels.
After the FDA effectively banned DMAA, Addieup’s formula changed to include methylpentane – an ingredient which, chemically speaking, was very close to it, and still had the potential for the kind of side effects that got DMAA banned in the first place.
From the website: ‘Our customers vary considerably, but generally 1-2 capsules daily with plenty of water make up the majority of our client base.’
However, Addieup was still primarily marketed as a nootropic. Presumably that’s why the product name shares certain similarities with that of Adderall – with the additional benefits of an energy boost and a certain amount of weight loss assistance thrown in as a bonus.
From the website:
Addieup’s LEGENDARY FORMULA FOR:
- LASER FOCUS
- MEMORY SUPPORT
- SUPREME ENERGY
- MENTAL CLARITY
- POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANTS
So now you know.
Does it work as a stimulant … a cognitive enhancer … an antioxidant … a weight-loss aid? All of the above? None of the above?
We’d say that thanks to the immense amount of caffeine, guarana and methylpentane, it’d definitely work as a stimulant. And possibly as a weight-loss aid as well.
But because there’s no way of telling how much of each nootropic ingredient is in Addieup’s proprietary blend, it might work as a cognitive enhancer … or it might not.
‘What’ asks the website, ‘makes Addieup so innovative?’
That’s a good question, and one the site goes on to answer straight away, so we’ve copied and pasted that answer here:
L-TYROSINE: L-tyrosine benefits your brain by helping you create neurotransmitters that promote mental alertness.
L-TAURINE: An inhibitory neurotransmitter that prevents overexcitement to maintain focus.
GLUCOMANNAN: This ingredient is used for weight loss in adults and children, blood sugar control, and lowering cholesterol.
THEACRINE: Helps proper functioning of neurotransmission is integral to healthy cognition.
METHYLCOBALAMIN: Improves the brain’s utilisation, works directly on brain cells to protect against damage from excitotoxins.
HUPERZINE A: Inhibits acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine.
And we find that interesting, because in the standard-issue ‘Supplement Facts’ ‘factsheet’, the only two of those ingredients listed above which appear are Theacrine and Huperzine.
So the rest of those ingredients must be included in the proprietary blend. Maybe.
And listed on that ‘factsheet’ are:
4-Amino-2-Methylpentane Citrate – which causes blood vessels to contract in some parts of the body, while speeding up the heart rate.
Guarana – which is considerably more caffeinated than coffee beans.
Caffeine Anhydrous – used for mental alertness, weight loss, low blood pressure and in high doses as an alternative to illegal stimulants.
Yerba Mate – used as a stimulant to relieve fatigue, irregular heartbeats, low blood pressure, headache and joint pains and as a mood enhancer. And a laxative.
Higenamine HCl – this is now being used in pre-workout supplements, with interest in using it for other reasons such as weight loss, cough, asthma, heart failure and erectile dysfunction.
Methyl-Synephrine HCL – also known as Bitter Orange, which can speed up heartbeat, raise blood pressure and constrict blood vessels.
Choline BiTartrate – this can be made in the liver, and it’s similar to B vitamins. It’s used for memory problems, dementia and Alzheimer’s and athletes use it to stave off fatigue.
Gingko Biloba – this can be taken for memory disorders, Alzheimer’s and conditions that could be brought on by reduced blood flow to the brain.
Other than bouncing off walls until all those stimulants wear off?
Even though we’ve got no idea of how much of each individual ingredient is contained in a serving, we still thought it worthwhile seeing what possible side effects they could bring on.
And this is what we found:
L-tyrosine – nausea, headache, fatigue, heartburn, and joint pain.
L-taurine – no side effects ‘when taken in reasonable doses’.
Glucomannan – flatulence, bloating.
Theacrine – high doses stimulate the central nervous system, while low doses have the opposite effect.
Methylcobalamin – headache, twitching, itching, swelling and anxiety.
Huperzine A – gastric and urination problems, blurred vision, appetite loss, cramps, slurred speech, slowed down heart rate and raised blood pressure.
4-Amino-2-Methylpentane Citrate – rapid heartbeat, raised blood pressure, anxiety, the shakes.
Guarana – gastric and urination problems, insomnia, raised blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, tremors, breathlessness and delirium.
Caffeine Anhydrous – restlessness, insomnia, gastric problems, raised blood pressure, increased heart rate – and more.
Yerba Mate – stomach problems, insomnia, nervousness, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, ringing in the ears, headache.
Higenamine HCl – this comes from a plant called aconite, which can cause serious and even fatal heart-related problems.
Methyl-Synephrine HCL – when taken together with stimulants can increase the risk of raised blood pressure, heart attack and ‘other severe side effects”.
Choline BiTartrate – digestion problems and a fishy body odour.
Ginko Biloba – raised heartbeat, digestion problems, dizziness and allergic skin reactions.
Normally any caution notice on any website sets our alarm bells ringing, but they’re ringing much louder here because on this website there simply is no caution.
The website has its fair share of testimonials – both in writing and as little video clips – all positive, of course.
Elsewhere we found:
I am taking every day 1 addieup pill and honestly I got a great result. It’s very powerful and it works within half an hour after taking the pill.
But there’s also:
Don’t take this stuff, I took it first 2 days fine but by the third I got so jittery and weird feeling I had to stop, the next day I took none I got so depressed it was unbearable, this stuff is bad!
One good thing about the company is that yes, they do offer a money-back guarantee – good for 60 days, and no processing fee. You have to email their support department first, though.
There’s an autoship program which offers ‘a sizeable discount’ and which can be stopped at any time – as long as you remember to do so before the next shipment starts heading your way.
If you check out their free trial offer and decide Addieup is for you, then you can buy it from the official website. And if you look hard enough you might just find the real thing on eBay or Amazon … or it might be something completely different that just looks like the real thing. So, be warned.