Addium Review – Smart Drug or Dud?

By: Rob Miller
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Everyone can use a kick to get them going in the morning…

Some drink coffee or tea, some exercise, and some take supplements to get them through the day. Alternatives to prescription medications like Adderall and Vyvanse are quickly taking over college campuses and boardrooms across the US, and there’s no signs of a slowdown.

Recently we’ve been reviewing more and more of these nootropic supplements, mainly because we get so many guys asking about them.

One recent supplement I got a question about is called Addium, which is apparently a smart drug that is sending shock waves through the medical community. But does it really work as good as they say it does?

Well, throughout this review you’ll learn about the formula behind this supplement, what customers are saying about, the marketing, and more.

The truth may end up shocking you…


What Is Addium?
Where To Buy It
Our Main Problem With Addium – The Claims
Customer Reviews
My Personal Test Results
Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Addium?

addium reviewAccording to the products own website, Addium is a cerebral enhancement complex that is intended to help increase your energy, maintain focus, and boost your brain performance.

According to the marketing I am reading behind this pill, it seems to be much more then that.

More on that later…

So what’s in Addium that apparently makes it so effective?

Well, for starters the ingredients listed include Vitamin B3 Niacin, Vitamin B6, Caffeine, L-Theanine, Vinpocetine, Alpha GPC, Tyrosine, Gaba, and Bacopa Monnieri.

But the primary ingredient that stood out to me was Huperzine A. Huperzine A has been clinically studied and proven effective at helping patients with Alzheimer’s disease, memory and learning enhancement, and age-related memory impairment. (Source: 1)

However, these studies involved a very small number of participants and the data was not found to be conclusive.

From my experience (which you can read about below) Addium contains a TON of caffeine, although the label doesn’t tell you exactly how much.

The strong effects from the Caffeine seemed to be offset by the amino acid L-Theanine, which reportedly produces feelings of calm and relaxation. (Source: 2)

GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) is a well-known amino acid that plays a role in reducing neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. (Source: 3) However, GABA has a very hard time crossing the blood brain barrier in significant quantities, so its effects are limited.

There also appears to be another product with a similar sounding name called Adderin that just popped up on my radar. My suspicion is that this supplement is the same as Addium, but I can’t say for sure. The bottle / label closely resembles that of Addium, with a few small changes.

I actually had a chance to try it out, click here to see my review.

Where To Buy Addium

The product itself is not that expensive, with a one month supply running at $40 a bottle. They also offer discounts for larger orders, as well as offer a 30 day money back guarantee, which is not uncommon in the industry.

I checked around on a few other sites, and other then Amazon, it doesn’t appear to be sold at any retail stores like GNC, Walgreens, CVS, or Walmart.

Our Main Problem With Addium – The Claims

So originally when I started doing the research for Addium, I came across an ad on Yahoo that had an intriguing headline that read “Controversial ‘Limitless Pill” Used By The 1%.Does taking this pill give you an unfair advantage in life?”

I clicked on the ad and it took me to a page that, at first, looked like an independent article printed in a scholarly magazine.

Through this article there’s mention that their supplement was featured on the hit daytime TV show “The Doctors” (and Dr OZ) and that it was also the inspiration for the movie “Limitless” starring Bradley Cooper.

However, this is completely and utterly false…

As you’ll see here, this is the tweet THEY show from the official Limitless movie twitter page in the article:

addium tweet

And here’s the REAL tweet from the official Limitless Twitter Page:

limitless addium tweet

You can see the real tweet here if you like as well.

They also claim that it’s been seen in a Forbes article titled “Addium: Viagra For The Brain”, as you’ll see in this photo:

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But if you check out the REAL Forbes article, you’ll see there is no mention of Addium whatsoever. Just like the Limitless Tweet, it’s false and misleading advertising that leads you to believe it has some real credibility.

While were not sure if the actual company is behind it, or it’s just an internet marketer who’s making these claims, but there’s no denying their existence.

I’ve written about many other supposed brain boosting supplements that use the EXACT same marketing for their products, including this one, Neuro 3X, Intellux, and Synagen IQ.

Sometimes they even make claims that celebrities like Will Smith and Leonardo Dicaprio are using them, and I prove it wrong each and EVERY time.

Finally, the makers (or marketers) of Addium state that their supplement was involved in a clinical study by the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit, or NCTU for short. However, upon investigating their website I couldn’t find any published information concerning Addium.

If a supplement like this had ACTUALLY been clinically studied, don’t you think they would be highlighting it more on their website?

Reviews and Testimonials

As far as finding Addium reviews, there was actually a decent amount of them on a few online site like Yahoo answers and Amazon.

However, the legitimacy of these reviews can definitely be called into question.

For one, I read through a ton of the reviews on Amazon, and almost EVERY SINGLE reviewer literally had only left a review of Addium, and not ONE other product.

This is a classic sign of a fake amazon review, which is very prevalent.

Basically, what companies will do is hire people to create a fake Amazon account and “review” their product.

You’ll see the classic signs of this when you click on the “See all my reviews” and notice that they haven’t reviewed anything else.

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(Related: How To Spot A Fake Supplement Review On Amazon)

In fact, the majority of the negative reviews you’ll find on Amazon all point out the very same thing.

The same thing go’s for the reviews I found on Yahoo.

There’s about 18 answers on there, all speaking very highly of their results with Addium.

However, if you click on the name of the person leaving the review you’ll see time and time again that it is LITERALLY the ONLY answer they have ever left on Yahoo Answers.

Again, this is pointed out by the people who had a “negative” effect with the product.

The only “credible” review I could find was on Youtube, where a man describes his experiences with Addium. If you can get through the first 8 minutes or so of him badly pronouncing practically every ingredient on the label, and then giving a description of each, as well as saying the word “beast” close to 20 times, he finally gets to his personal results.

Check it out below:

He uses the example that he could remember someones last name that he couldn’t remember for months, which is actually quite comical. All in all he says his results were pretty good, describing it as a very positive experience.

My Personal Test Results

The makers of addium were kind enough to send us a bottle of their supplement to test out and I finally got around to trying it. If you’ve read some of the reviews at the bottom of the page, you can see that I could / would be a little apprehensive about taking it.

Comments like “it felt like a cocaine comedown” and “I felt like I had 10 mugs of strong coffee” can definitely scare the bajeezsus out of anyone considering taking it.

However, in the interest of keeping a fair and honest review blog, I decided to “take the plunge” and give it a go for a couple of days at least.

The first thing I noted was how huge the capsules were…

I would honestly say they were some of the biggest I have ever seen in a supplement, and I’ve tested HUNDREDS of supplements over the years. The directions on the label state that you should take 1 capsule daily, though it doesn’t clarify whether or not you should take it on an empty stomach.

I’m a bit sensitive to caffeine and other stimulants, so I decided to take 1 capsule with breakfast.

It took about an hour to kick in, but man when it did, I felt the same as one of the other reviewers did. It felt like I had drank 5 cups of coffee in 5 minutes.

Jittery hands, a shaky voice, and an incessant nervous twitch in my eyelid.

Definitely not a comfortable feeling.

I ate a late breakfast and the feelings seemed to subside.

Click Here to see how Addium compares to my top choice for focus and concentration issues, Optimind.

As the hours passed I have to admit I did feel a bit more “motivated” to get some work done.

I wasn’t setting any records as far as getting tasks done, but I was working on tasks I would normally put off for a later date.

I also felt less distracted, and even a bit more sociable than usual.

I also noticed I felt a it more “calm” then usual, which I would attribute to the L-Theanine in Addium.

By the end of the day I definitely started feeling a pretty big crash, which based on the way I felt earlier I wasn’t totally surprised.The most noticeable effect was a headache….a splitting headache.

Fortunately, I popped a couple of advil and it seemed to alleviate it pretty well.

I also felt a bit lethargic, kind of like the feeling you get after a REALLY long day.The kind where you just want to sit around in a dark room and watch reruns of Breaking Bad.

I decided to take it over the course of about 4 days to see its “longer term” potential, and I did feel a bit more focused and concentrated on tasks.

It wasn’t anything “ground breaking”, but the cognitive effect was definitely there.

For me, the effects seemed to kind of wear off over the weekend.

I thought about upping the dose to 2 capsules, but they caution against that so I decided not to.

Frequently Asked Questions We Get About Addium

How do I take it?

As a dietary supplement, the label says you should take 1 capsule daily. I’m not sure if you’re supposed to take it on an empty stomach or not, but I would suggest you do so on your first dosage to assess your tolerance.

How long does it take to kick in?

According to what I’m seeing, you generally start to see results in the first 30 minutes, with the biggest effects seen after about 2 hours.

Users report the effects wearing off about 6 hours after the first dose.

Will It Cause Any Side Effects?

That’s tough to say, because really ANY supplement can cause one side effect or another, and Addium is no exception.

For example, it does contain caffeine, which has the obvious side effects like increased blood pressure, anxiety, and a jittery feeling. It must be noted that the quantity of caffeine is not indicated on the label, so there’s no way to compare it to say, a cup of coffee.

When I originally wrote this review there weren’t too many people complaining of side effects. HOWEVER, in the past few months I’ve gotten ton’s of feedback on Addium and the #1 complaint seems to be that it’s causing a rash to develop on the face, neck, and several parts of the body.

For example, check out this youtube video below:

Pretty scary stuff, and it turns out that it’s likely the heavy Vitamin B3 (Niacin) content, which is 30 mg. The makers of Addium actually responded to this guy on his Google + page, and said that they were planning on completely removing Niacin from their product.

Was Addium Really Featured on CNN / The Doctors TV Show / Etc.?

Likely not. There is an article about Addium on the CNN website, but that’s on the iReport section, which is not vetted by professional journalists or documented / researched properly concerning its claims.

Basically what that means is anyone can post practically anything and pass it off as a journalistic piece.

Within the article they also mention the Limitless Movie reference on Twitter, which as you’ve already seen above has been proven false.

Is this the same as Adderin?

In my personal opinion, yes. I wrote my Adderin review back in August of this year, and as I noted there the first thing I noticed was the striking similarities between Addium and Adderin.

The most obvious similarity was the formula. It was nearly IDENTICAL to that of Addium, minus about 10 mg of Niacin.

My thought is that because Addium is getting a lot of negative publicity, the makers decided to just create a totally new brand and market it under a different name.

5 BIG Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy It

  1. Most of the “real” reviews are not very positive.
  2. They use deceptive marketing to promote their product.
  3. There seem to be plenty of people experiencing side effects from it.
  4. My personal results were not very favorable.
  5. There are much better / proven supplements on the market.


I’m a bit torn on Addium…it’s definitely not some “limitless” pill that’s for sure.

I didn’t feel as though I could make millions on the stock market overnight, or solve complicated mathematical formulas at the drop of a hat.

I’ve taken prescription medications like Adderal and Vyvans before, and Addium felt nothing like them.

Apart from the Addium side effects that I feel came from the niacin content, I did feel a bit more motivated to get things done, but nothing truly revolutionary.

Perhaps if one was to take this on a consistent basis it might have a more profound effect.

I’ll continue taking it over the course of a week to see if there’s any difference, so check back for further updates.

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Addium - the good and the bad

By JJB,  Apr 22, 2015

Here is an honestly objective review of my experiences with Addium. I have been looking for some kind of supplement that I could take to help me focus a little more at work.


I am in a specialized sales role, and I have hit a real slow down.

I should be spending my time trying to make more of an outbound effort to fill my sales pipeline, but I am finding it very hard to motivate myself and concentrate as prospecting for new customers is the least favorite part of what I do and I am finding myself goofing around on the internet more than working sometimes. Anyway, I have been taking this now for 5 business days, and always in the morning before going off to work.


Here are my experiences this far.

Day 1 - I was very skeptical as I have read all the negative reviews, but decided to go ahead. Took about 20 minutes for effects to be felt.


Holy jitters - felt like I just chugged 5 cups of coffee. I am quite sensitive to caffeine, and as such, I do not drink coffee or even a lot of soft drinks.


This is obviously packed with caffeine because I had the jitters for about 45 minutes to an hour and was all shaky.

Stomach was also upset and had to run to the restroom (although to be fair, this is how any caffeine effects me, so this was probably not just the pill). About an hour later, though, I did feel this overwhelming sense of calm and focus.


Someone approached me with an issue with one of my customers, and typically I would be frazzled in this situation and let this issue weigh me down, but instead, I thought through the issue logically, remained calm, and found a resolution.

Also, I found this to be a mood enhancer because I was in a good mood for most of the day. No crash that I could tell.


Slept well that night.

Day 2: Same jitters for an hour in the morning, and same run to the restroom. Again, was in a good mood, and had good focus.


No crash. I was starting to think that maybe there was something to this pill afterall.

This was a Friday, and I did not take the pill over the weekend.

Day 3 (which was a Monday): Same jitters in the morning for an hour.


Felt good all day and was in a good mood, although, on this day, I CRASHED right around 3:30. No headache, but I could not focus on anything and felt like I had just stayed up for 36 hours straight.

My mind was wondering so much, like I was dreaming while awake.


I was a zombie. Slept well that night.

Day 4: Here is where a new development started - the crazy niacin rush.


Now, I have taken 5-hour energy shots before, and I am familiar with the feeling of the niacin rush. However, this was CRAZY.

I only felt it in my face for about 30 minutes, but it burned.


Face was all red and hot. Same jitters for an hour.


After that, same good mood and calming effect, and same focus. But then, same crash around 3:30.


Slept well that night.

Day 5 (which is when I am writing this right now around 8:20AM): niacin rush is sooo bad my face feels like someone is holding a hot iron up to it. I think this is going to be the last day of taking this supplement because if the burn gets any worse, then I won\'t be able to take it.

I have a 15 minute commute to work, and it started on the way to work (about 5 minutes after taking the pill).


Lasted the whole commute and for about another 30 minutes at the office. Same jitters, although to be honest, the jittery effect is decreasing - I guess I am adjusting to the caffeine.


Seems to be a trade off as the jitters decrease but the niacin burn increases.

The focus is starting to kick in, and I suspect that I will be focused and motivated for several hours, but I am dreading the crash around 3:30. Although I really do enjoy the calming sensation, the focus, and most importantly the mood enhancement that I experience, I do not like the jitters, the niacin burn, and the crash.


It is a trade off that must be weighed out between benefit and side effect.

As for me, I am probably not going to take this again due to the niacin burn.

Might try OptiMind instead. Hope this review helps.


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fourth day on addium

By Rolando,  Mar 3, 2015

Yeah today is my fourth addium capsule. I did like always empty stomach workouts 20-40 min.and. breakfast.


But today i feel the crash about 6 hour after taking it. Im thinking on take two..


Let see tomorrow I'll finish the first week if still getting lower I'll take two capsules

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By Seattle1,  Mar 3, 2015

Check it out, addium does work. I have a prescription to adderall and I wanted to find something that might be a “healthier” decision.


I paid for it two weeks ago, received it last week and here is what I’ve found. Rule #1 DO NOT TAKE IT ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.


The niacin content is too high and will cause your entire body to feel like it is on fire. You’ll get a blood flow rush that is not fun. #2 take one pill at a time not 2, space it out otherwise it’s simply to much.


The effect is stronger then say “5 hour energy” but less then adderall. #3 hydration is key, if you not pumping yourself full of water while you take it you will not feel good. The effect of the supplement is similar to vitamin b12 when it comes to clearity, it has a rush of cafeen, overall I would give the product 3 out of 5. By no means does it unlock access to extra % of brain access as advertised but come on, you know that.


Beware when you purchase as they will advertise an extra bottle for $20 instead of $50, so a two month supply for $70. If you so much as click that page you just spent $70.


Smart on their point for short term money making from a shady business perspective but shitty for long term customer service satisfaction. Anyway hope this helps you make a decision.


Not a bad buy, a little pricy for what your getting though.

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By jtag,  Mar 9, 2015

so my wife talked to me about getting addium after she found all the BS articles. So she talked me into getting some.


So I said OK why not, but she ended up buying 5 bottles not sure why, but been taking about a month now and noticed a slight bump in productivity but i paid a boat load for these things so im gonna take them until they are gone (too lazy to deal customer service).

I\'m not saying they are completely useless but they are not anything as what they advertised it to be. I have had the niacin reaction a few times but only on days i took 2 or 3 (spread out through out day if i did 2 at once withing 15 min im beet red) i have taken adderall for years so taking 3 is like taking 10 mg of adderall

caffeine has zero effect on me i can drink one of those 14 hr energy drinks and chase with coffee and still fall asleep right after so eh its better then soda or coffee for me but if your on adderall your probably better off taking that as long as you actually need it and not just being a tweaker crack head. im a big fat guy so idk my body might be different than all you skinny people.


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Monica's Review

By Monica,  May 22, 2015

I have been taking Addium for almost 30 days. I have experienced an increase in the concentration and focus on my job.


I have also experienced, however, a skin rash. I noticed someone else stating the same thing.


I am kind of torn as to whether I want to purchase another bottle.

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By Rich,  Jan 30, 2015

I have been for three days and its hard to tell, which should mean no dramatic difference. It does give me a little hair buzz like speed back inthe 80s.


I will take it for two weeks and see if i see any difference.

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Sleep walking

By Nick Barnhart,  Jun 16, 2015

So I took the addium for the first time, I did feel extremely motivated, but later on that night, I had some dinner and a few beers and went to bed. But the next morning I woke up on the couch not knowing how I got there and I've never slept walked before.


I'm wondering if addium had something to do with it.

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By Courtney J.,  Feb 11, 2015

Hey. I ordered addium last week and just recieved it monday.


So for the 2 days ive taken it I noticed I don’t get as angry, and my anxiety isnt as bad.

Can’t say it’s making me smarter like some people believe. I actually ordered it because I need an extra boost for school.


All I wanted to do was sleep, and I didn’t feel like doing anything. I’ve tried coffee and energy drinks before but they just made me feel like shit.

The only problem ive had is that my body feels tired but my mind keeps racing and I cant sleep.


So I guess it solved my problem but ” limitless pill” is an exaggeration.

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By Chad,  Feb 13, 2015

Ok. I have been taking it for five days now.


Limitless Pill? Not a chance.


Worthless? No, not really.


I would compare it to a Magnum 357/vivarin/pseudo-ephedra type of reaction, at least for me. Maybe even like downing a 16oz redbull.


No sensation or anything like that, but it does seem to give a mild caffeine effect. I will update again in a week or so for an additional update.


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By amir,  Feb 14, 2015

hi i just used one this morning it does have some effects but not as they advertise
i feel relaxed and more focused it has been one hour and i still feel it
lets see how long it lasts

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By Tony,  Feb 20, 2015

The first day I took it I didn’t really notice anything other than similar results from a 5 hour Energy drink. But today is day 2 and I took it this morning on an empty stomach (DONT TAKE IT ON AN EMPTY STOMACH).


About 1 hour after I took the Addium I started feeling very warm, tingly, and noticed what looked and felt like a sunburn on my face, head, neck and arms that was somewhat blotchy and red. I’m definitely more alert at the moment, but holy crap does this resemble an allergic reaction.


I will try one more time tomorrow with food and post my results.

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Is it true addium is FDA approved and it is made in an FDA approved laboratory ? Is it an all natural product? -Diana

It is natural, and it may be made in an FDA approved facility, but Addium itself is not FDA approved.- Rob

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Has anyone took 2 at once? -Tate

I haven't, and they caution against it. It would probably lead to overstimulation.- Rob

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I'm 15 years old, I have attention and direction following problems, and my grades are dropping. Should I take addium and do you recommend it? -Ray

I don't recommend any supplements beyond basically vitamins and protein for someone your age. Most of these supplements aren't even clinically tested on adults, much less growing teens.- Rob

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My son just had a positive for cocain on a urine test could addium cause this? Lenn -Lenn P

I don't think there's anything in Addium that would cause that.- Rob

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In the official review, caffeine is among the last ingredients reviewed, although listed first on my bottles of addium. Simple question: how many mgs. of caffeine are in one capsule of addium? Thank you. Rico -Rico

The label doesn't indicate how much, but from my experience, Addium contains a lot of caffeine.- Rob

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