List of designer drugs
Designer drugs are structural or functional analogues of controlled substances that are designed to mimic the pharmacological effects of the parent drug while avoiding detection or classification as illegal. Some designer drugs (research chemicals) are structural analogues of psychoactive tryptamines or phenethylamines but there are many other chemically unrelated psychoactive substances that can be considered part of the designer drug group. Designer drugs also include analogues of controlled anabolic steroids. The pharmaceutical activities of these compounds might not be predictable based strictly upon structural examination. Many of the substances have common effects while structurally different or different effects while structurally similar due to SAR paradox. As a result of no real official naming for some of these compounds, as well as regional naming, this can all lead to potentially hazardous mix ups for users. The following list is not exhaustive.
- 1 Psychedelics
- 2 Dissociatives
- 3 Piperazines
- 4 Empathogens
- 5 Stimulants
- 6 Sedatives
- 7 Synthetic cannabinoids
- 8 Androgens
- 9 Peptides
- 10 PDE5 inhibitors
- 11 Nootropics
- 12 See also
- 13 References
A psychedelic substance is a psychoactive drug whose primary action is to alter cognition and perception. Psychedelics tend to affect and explore the mind in ways that result in the experience being qualitatively different from those of ordinary consciousness. The psychedelic experience is often compared to non-ordinary forms of consciousness such as trance, meditation, yoga, religious ecstasy, dreaming and even near-death experiences.
- 4-AcO-DALT, Dalcetin
- 4-AcO-DET, Ethacetin
- 4-AcO-DiPT, Ipracetin
- 4-AcO-DMT, Psilacetin
- 4-AcO-DPT, Depracetin
- 4-AcO-EiPT, Ethipracetin
- 4-AcO-MET, Metacetin
- 4-AcO-MiPT, Mipracetin
- 4-HO-DALT, Dalocin
- 4-HO-DET, Ethocin
- 4-HO-DiPT, Iprocin
- 4-HO-DPT, Deprocin
- 4-HO-MET, Metocin
- 4-HO-MiPT, Miprocin
- 4-HO-MPMI, Lucigenol
- 4-HO-MPT, Meprocin
- 5-MeO-DiPT, Foxy Methoxy
- 5-MeO-MiPT, Moxy Methoxy
- 5-MeO-TMT, Indapex
- DALT, Diallyltryptamine
- DET, Diethyltryptamine
- DiPT, Diisopropyltryptamine
- DPT, Dipropyltryptamine
- 4-PO-DET, Ethocybin, CEY-19
- EiPT, Ethylisopropyltryptamine
- EPT, Ethylpropyltryptamine
- MiPT, Methylisopropyltryptamine
- McPT, Methylcyclopropyltryptamine
- MET, Methylethyltryptamine
2C-x class of psychedelics are 2,5-dimethoxy-phenethylamine derivatives.
- 25B-NBOMe, "Nova", Cimbi-36
- 25C-NBOMe, "Pandora", Cimbi-82
- 25D-NBOMe, "Divination"
- 25I-NBF, Cimbi-21
- 25I-NBMD, Cimbi-29
- 25I-NBOH, Cimbi-27
- 25I-NBOMe, Cimbi-5, "Solaris", "N-Bomb"
The DOx family of psychedelics are also known as "substituted amphetamines" as they contain the amphetamine backbone but are substituted on the benzene ring. This gives rise to serotonin agonists similar to the 2C-X class but more resistant to elimination in the body.
Dissociatives are a class of hallucinogens which distort perceptions of sight and sound and produce feelings of detachment - dissociation - from the environment and self. This is done through reducing or blocking signals to the conscious mind from other parts of the brain. Although many kinds of drugs are capable of such action, dissociatives are unique in that they do so in such a way that they produce hallucinogenic effects, which may include sensory deprivation, dissociation, hallucinations, and dream-like states or trances. Some, which are nonselective in action and affect the dopamine and/or opioid systems, may be capable of inducing euphoria. Many dissociatives have general depressant effects and can produce sedation, respiratory depression, analgesia, anesthesia, and ataxia, as well as cognitive and memory impairment and amnesia.
- 2-Fluorodeschloroketamine, 2-FDCK, Fluoroketamine, 2-Fluoroketamine
- 2'-Oxo-PCE, Eticyclidinone, O-PCE, Deschloroethylnorketamine, 2-DCNEK
- 2-Trifluoromethyldeschloroketamine, 2-TFMDCK
- 3-HO-PCE, Hydroxyeticyclidine
- 3-HO-PCP, Hydroxyphencyclidine
- 3-MeO-PCE, Methoxyeticyclidine
- 4-MeO-PCP, Methoxydine
- Deschloroketamine, 2'-Oxo-PCM, 2-DCK, DCK, O-PCM
- Eticyclidine, PCE, CI-400
- Methoxetamine, MXE, 3-MeO-2'-Oxo-PCE
- Methoxmetamine, MXM, MMXE, 3-MeO-2'-Oxo-PCM, E-MXE
- Methoxyketamine, 2-MeO-2-Deschloroketamine, 2-MeO-Ketamine
- N-Ethylnorketamine, NENK, N-Ethylketamine
Diarylethylamines began to appear on grey markets only as recently as 2013.
- 3-Chlorophenylpiperazine, meta-Chlorophenylpiperazine, mCPP
- 4-Fluorophenylpiperazine, para-Fluorophenylpiperazine, pFPP, 4-FPP, Fluoperazine, Flipiperazine
- 4-Methoxyphenylpiperazine, para-Methoxyphenylpiperazine, MeOPP, pMPP, 4-MPP, Paraperazine
- Benzylpiperazine, BZP
- Dibenzylpiperazine, DBZP
- Difluoromethylenedioxybenzylpiperazine, DF-MDBP, DB-MDBP
- Methoxypiperamide, MEOP, MEXP
- Methylbenzylpiperazine, MBZP
- Methylenedioxybenzylpiperazine, MDBZP, Piperonylpiperazine
- Trifluoromethylphenylpiperazine, TFMPP
Empathogens are a class of psychoactive drugs that produce distinctive emotional and social effects similar to those of MDMA . Users of empathogens say the drugs often produce feelings of empathy, love, and emotional closeness to others.
Substituted methylenedioxyphenethylamines (MDxx) are a large chemical class of derivatives of the phenethylamines, which includes many psychoactive drugs that act as entactogens, psychedelics, and/or stimulants, as well as entheogens.
- 5-Methoxymethylone, βk-MMDMA, "2-A1MP"
- 5-Methylethylone, 5-Me-βk-MDEA, 5-ME
- Butylone, βk-MBDB
- Dibutylone, βk-DMBDB
- Difluoromethylenedioxyamphetamine, DiFMDA
- Dimethylone, βk-MDDMA, "M11"
- Dipentylone, βk-DMBDP
- EBDB, Ethylbenzodioxolylbutanamine
- EDMA, Ethylenedioxymethylamphetamine
- EFLEA, N-Hydroxy-EDMA
- Ethylone, βk-MDEA
- Eutylone, βk-EBDB, N-Ethyl-Butylone
- FLEA, Methylenedioxyhydroxymethamphetamine, MDHMA
- MBDP, Methylbenzodioxylpentanamine
- MBDB, Methylbenzodioxylbutanamine, "Eden"
- MDEA, Methylenedioxyethylamphetamine, MDE, "Eve"
- Methylenedioxyhydroxyamphetamine, MDOH
- Methylenedioxydeschlorobupropion, N-Tert-Butyl-Methylone
- Methylone, βk-MDMA
- MMDA, 5-MeO-MDA
- MMDA-2, 6-MeO-MDA
- Pentylone, βk-MBDP
- Putylone, βk-PDBD, N-Propylbutylone
Benzofurans are similar in structure to MD(M)A but differ in that the methylenedioxy groups have been modified, removing one of the two oxygens in the methylenedioxy ring to render a benzofuran ring.
Miscellaneous polycyclic phenethylamines
Only one non-tryptamine indole has been sold, 5-IT. It shows strong MAOI activity.
- 5-IT, 5-API, PAL-571
Substituted amphetamines are a chemical class of stimulants, entactogens, hallucinogens, and other drugs. They feature a phenethylamine core with a methyl group attached to the alpha carbon resulting in amphetamine, along with additional substitutions.
- 4-BA, 4-Bromoamphetamine, PBA
- 4-CA, 4-Chloroamphetamine, PCA
- 4-CMA, 4-Chloromethamphetamine, PCMA
- 4-FA, 4-Fluoroamphetamine, PFA
- 4-FMA, 4-Fluoromethamphetamine, PFMA
- 4-MA, 4-Methylamphetamine, PAL-313
- 4-MeOA, 4-Methoxyamphetamine, PMA, 4-MeO-A, "Death"
- 4-MeOMA, 4-Methoxymethamphetamine, PMMA, 4-MeO-MA
- 4-MTA, 4-Methylthioamphetamine
- Methamnetamine, N-Methyl-PAL-287, Methylnaphetamine, MNT, MNA
- MMA, 3-Methoxy-4-Methylamphetamine
- 3-FEA, 3F-Ethamphetamine, 3-Fluoroethamphetamine
Stimulants produce a variety of different kinds of effects by enhancing the activity of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Common effects, which vary depending on the substance and dosage in question, may include enhanced alertness, awareness, wakefulness, endurance, productivity, and motivation, increased arousal, locomotion, heart rate, and blood pressure, and the perception of a diminished requirement for food and sleep.
Amphetamines are a chemical class of stimulants, entactogens, hallucinogens, and other drugs. They feature a phenethylamine core with a methyl group attached to the alpha carbon resulting in amphetamine, along with additional substitutions.
Cathinones include some stimulants and entactogens, which are derivatives of cathinone. They feature a phenethylamine core with an alkyl group attached to the alpha carbon, and a ketone group attached to the beta carbon, along with additional substitutions.
- 2-Chloromethcathinone, 2-CMC
- 2-Fluoromethcathinone, 2-FMC
- 2-Methylethcathinone, 2-MEC
- 2-Methylmethcathinone, 2-MMC
- 2,4-Dimethylethcathinone, 2,4-DMEC
- 2,4-Dimethylmethcathinone, 2-Methylmephedrone, 2,4-DMMC
- 3,4-Dimethylmethcathinone, 3,4-DMMC
- 3,4-Dimethyl-N-ethylbuphedrone, 3,4-DMNEB
- 3,4-Dimethyl-N-ethylpentedrone, 3,4-DMNPD
- 3-Chloromethcathinone, 3-CMC, Metaclephedrone, Clophedrone
- 3-Ethylethcathinone, 3-EEC
- 3-Fluoromethcathinone, 3-FMC
- 3-Fluoro-4-methylmethcathinone, 3-Fluoromephedrone
- 3-Methoxymethcathinone, 3-MeOMC
- 3-Methylethcathinone, 3-MEC
- 3-Methylmethcathinone, 3-MMC
- 4-Bromomethcathinone, 4-Bromomethcathinone, 4-BMC, Brephedrone
- 4-Bromoethcathinone, 4-BEC
- 4-Chlorobutylcathinone, 4-CBC
- 4-Chlorodimethylcathinone, 4-CDMC
- 4-Chloroethcathinone, 4-CEC
- 4-Chloroisopropylcathinone, 4-CiPC
- 4-Chloromethcathinone, 4-CMC, Clephedrone
- 4-Ethylethcathinone, 4-EEC
- 4-Ethylmethcathinone, 4-EMC
- 4-Fluoroethcathinone, 4-FEC
- 4-Fluoromethcathinone, Flephedrone, 4-FMC
- 4-Fluoro-NiPP, 4F-IVP, 4-Fluoro-N-Isopropylpentedrone, 4-Fluoro-α-Isopropylamino-Valerophenone, 4-Fluoro-iPAVP, 4-Fluoro-NPP
- 4-Fluoropentedrone, 4-FPD
- 4-Methyl-α-Ethylaminopentiophenone, 4-MEAPP, N-Ethyl-4-Methylpentedrone
- 4-Methylbuphedrone, 4-MeMABP, BZ-6378
- 4-Methylcathinone, 4-MC, Normephedrone
- 4-Methyldimethcathinone, 4-MDMC
- 4-Methylethcathinone, 4-MEC
- 4-Methylpentedrone, 4-MPD
- 4-Methylpropylcathinone, 4-MPC
- Benzedrone, 4-MBC
- Buphedrone, α-Methylamino-Butyrophenone, MABP
- DL-4662, Dimethoxyethylpentedrone, VEVP
- Ephylone, N-Ethylpentylone, βk-Ethyl-K, βk-EBDP
- Ethcathinone, EC
- Hexedrone, α-Methylamino-Caprophenone
- 4-Methylmethcathinone, Mephedrone, 4-MMC, 4-Methylephedrone, "MCAT"
- 4-Methoxymethcathinone, Methedrone, βk-PMMA, 4-Methoxyephedrone, 4-MeoMC
- N,N-Diethyl-4-Methcathinone, N,N-DEMC
- N-Ethylbuphedrone, NEB
- N-Ethylhexedrone, NEH, "Hexen"
- N-Ethylpentedrone, NEPD
- 4-Fluoro-N-Ethylbuphedrone, 4-Fluoro-NEB, 4-FNEB
- NiPH, N-Isopropylhexedrone
- NiPP, α-Isopropylamino-Valerophenone, iPAVP, N-Isopropylpentedrone, NPP
- Pentedrone, α-Methylamino-Valerophenone, MAVP, PD
- α-Ethylaminopentiophenone, EAPP, N-Ethylpentedrone
- βk-IBP, Indanyl-N-ethylbuphedrone
- βk-IVP, Indanyl-N-ethylpentedrone
Pyrrolidines and Pyrrolidinophenones
- Diphenylprolinol, D2PM
- 2-Diphenylmethylpyrrolidine, Desoxy-D2PM
- α-Pyrrolidinopropiophenone, α-PPP
- 2',4'-Dimethyl-α-pyrrolidinopropiophenone, DMPPP, 2,4-DM-α-PPP
- 3',4'-Methylenedioxy-α-pyrrolidinopropiophenone, MDPPP, 3,4-MD-α-PPP
- 4'-Chloro-α-pyrrolidinopropiophenone, 4-Chloro-α-PPP
- 4'-Methoxy-α-pyrrolidinopropiophenone, MOPPP, 4-MeO-α-PPP
- 4'-Methyl-α-pyrrolidinopropiophenone, 4-MePPP, MPPP, MαPPP
- α-Pyrrolidinobutiophenone, α-PBP
- 3',4'-Methylenedioxy-α-pyrrolidinobutiophenone, MDPBP, 3,4-MD-α-PBP
- 4'-Fluoro-α-pyrrolidinobutyrophenone, 4-Fluoro-α-PBP
- 4-Methoxy-α-pyrrolidinobutyrophenone, 4-MeO-α-PBP
- 4'-Methyl-α-pyrrolidinobutiophenone, MPBP, 4-Me-α-PBP
- 5-PPDI, Indanyl-α-PBP
- TH-PBP, Cyclohexane-α-PBP
- α-Pyrrolidinobutiothiophenone, α-PBT
- α-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone, α-PVP, βk-Prolintane, O-2387
- 3',4'-Dimethoxy-α-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, 3,4-DMPV
- 3',4'-Dimethyl-α-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, 3,4-DMPV
- 4'-Bromo-α-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, 4-Bromo-α-PVP
- 4'-Chloro-α-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, 4-Chloro-α-PVP
- 4'-Fluoro-α-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, 4-Fluoro-PVP, 4-Fluoro-α-PVP
- 4'-Methoxy-α-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, 4-MeO-α-PVP, 4-MeO-PVP, MOPVP
- 5-DBFPV, 5-Dihydrobenzofuranpyrovalerone, 3-Desoxy-MDPV
- Pyrovalerone, 4-Me-α-PVP, Centroton, Thymergix, O-2371
- Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, MDPV
- Naphyrone, Naphthylpyrovalerone, O-2482
- Pyrophenidone, α-Phenyl-Pyrovalerone
- Indapyrophenidone, Indanyl-α-Phenyl-α-PVP
- TH-PVP, Cyclohexane-α-PVP
- α-Pyrrolidinopentiothiophenone, α-PVT
- α-Pyrrolidinoisohexaphenone, α-PiHP
- α-Pyrrolidinohexiophenone, α-PHP, PV-7
- 3',4'-Dimethoxy-α-PHP, 3,4-DMPHP
- 4'-Fluoro-α-pyrrolidinohexiophenone, 4-Fluoro-α-PHP
- 4'-Methyl-α-pyrrolidinohexiophenone, MPHP, 4-Me-α-PHP, PV-4
- 4'-Methoxy-α-pyrrolidinohexiophenone, 4-MeO-α-PHP
- TH-PHP, Cyclohexane-α-PHP
- 5-BPDI, Indanyl-α-PHP
- Methylenedioxypyrrolidinohexiophenone, MDPHP
- α-Pyrrolidinoheptiophenone, PV-8, α-PHPP
- 4'-Fluoro-α-pyrrolidinoheptiophenone, 4-Fluoro-PV-8, 4-Fluoro-α-PHPP
- 4'-Methoxy-α-pyrrolidinoheptiophenone, 4-MeO-PV-8, 4-MeO-α-PHPP
- α-Pyrrolidinooctanophenone, PV-9, α-POP
- 4'-Fluoro-α-pyrrolidinooctanophenone, 4-Fluoro-PV-9, 4-Fluoro-α-POP
- 4'-Methoxy-α-pyrrolidinooctanophenone, 4-MeO-PV-9, 4-MeO-α-POP
- α-Pyrrolidinononanophenone, PV-10, α-PNP
Thiophenes are stimulant drugs which are analogues of amphetamine or cathinone where the phenyl ring has been replaced by thiophene.
Tropanes and Piperidines
Tropane alkaloids occur in plants of the families erythroxylaceae (including coca). Piperidine and its derivatives are ubiquitous building blocks in the synthesis of many pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.
- 2-Diphenylmethylpyrrolidine, Desoxy-D2PM, 2-Benzhydrylpyrrolidine
- 3,4-Dichloromethylphenidate, 3,4-CTMP
- 4'-Fluorococaine, 4'-FC
- 4-Benzylpiperidine, 4-PMPD
- 4-Fluoroethylphenidate, 4F-EPH, 4-FEPH
- 4-Fluoromethylphenidate, 4F-MPH, 4-FMPH
- 4-Methylmethylphenidate, 4-Me-TMP, 4-MMPH
- Desoxypipradrol, 2-DPMP, 2-Diphenylmethylpiperidine
- Dichloropane, RTI-111, O-401
- Ethylphenidate, EPH
- HDEP-28, Ethylnaphthidate
- HDMP-28, Methylnaphthidate
- Isopropylphenidate, IPH, IPPD
- Nitracaine, 4-Nitro-Dimethocaine
- Pipradrol, Meratran
- Propylphenidate, PPH
- Troparil, WIN 35,065-2, β-CPT
Oxazolidines are a five-membered ring compounds consisting of three carbons, a nitrogen, and an oxygen. The oxygen and NH are the 1 and 3 positions, respectively. In oxazolidine derivatives, there is always a carbon between the oxygen and the nitrogen.
- 4,4'-Dimethylaminorex, 4,4'-DMAR, "Serotoni"
- Isophenmetrazine, PAL-730
- 2-Hydroxy-4'-Ethylphenmetrazine, 2-HO-4'-EPM, 2-Hydroxyphenmetetrazine, N-Ethylphenmetrazol
- 3,4-Methylenedioxyphendimetrazine, MDMPM
- 3-Fluorophenetrazine, 3-FPE
- 3-Fluorophenmetrazine, 3-FPM, PAL-593
- 3-Methylphenmetrazine, 3-MPM, PAL-773
- N-Ethylphenmetrazine, Phenmetetrazine
- 4-Methylphenmetrazine, 4-MPM
- 6-Methylphenmetrazine, 6-MPM
- PDM-35, 5-Methylphenmetrazine, 5-MPM
- Phenetrazine, PE
- 1,3-Dimethylbutylamine, 1,3-DMBA, "AMP-Citrate"
- 2-MPPP, 2-methyl-1-phenyl-3-(piperidin-1-yl)propan-1-one
- Amfonelic acid, AFA, WIN 25,978
- CRL-40,940, Bisfluoromodafinil
- CRL-40,941, Fladrafinil, Fluorafinil
- Diclofensine, Ro 8-4650
- Dimethocaine, Larocaine
- Mephtetramine, MTTA
- Methylhexanamine, DMAA
- Modafiendz, Methyldifluoromodafinil
Sedatives are substances that induces sedation by reducing irritability or excitement. At higher doses they may result in slurred speech, staggering gait, poor judgment, and slow, uncertain reflexes. Doses of sedatives such as benzodiazepines, when used as a hypnotic to induce sleep, tend to be higher than amounts used to relieve anxiety, whereas only low doses are needed to provide a peaceful effect. Sedatives can be misused to produce an overly-calming effect. In the event of an overdose or if combined with another sedative, many of these drugs can cause unconsciousness and even death.
- 3-Methylbutyrfentanyl, 3-MBF
- 3-Methylfentanyl, 3-MF
- 4-Chloroisobutyrfentanyl, 4-CliBF, p-CliBF
- 4-Fluorobutyrfentanyl, 4-FBF, p-FBF
- 4-Fluoroisobutyrfentanyl, 4-FiBF, p-FiBF
- 4-Methoxybutyrfentanyl, 4-MeO-BF, p-MeO-BF
- 4-Fluorofentanyl, 4-FF, p-FF
- Acetylfentanyl, AF
- α-Methylfentanyl, "China White"
- Butyrfentanyl, BF
- Cyclopentylfentanyl, CP-F
- Desmethylprodine, MPPP
- Furanylfentanyl, Fu-F
- Tetrahydrofuranylfentanyl, THF-F
- Valerylfentanyl, VF
- Bromazolam, 2'-Desfluoroflubromazolam, 8-Bromodeschloroalprazolam
- Clonazolam, 8-Nitrodeschlorotriazolam, Clonitrazolam
- Cloniprazepam, 1-Cyclopropylmethylclonazepam
- Desmethylflunitrazepam, Fonazepam
- Diclazepam, 2'-Chlorodiazepam
- Flualprazolam, Fludiazolam
- Flunitrazolam, 2'-Fluorodeschloroclonazolam
- Meclonazepam, 3-Methylclonazepam
- N-Desalkylflurazepam, Norflurazepam
- Nimetazepam, 3-Hydroxynimetazepam
- Nifoxipam, 3-Hydroxydesmethylflunitrazepam
- Ro5-4864, 4'-Chlorodiazepam
Agonists of the central cannabinoid receptor type 1 mimic the behavioral effects of cannabis.
Indazole containing cannabinoid receptor agonists include:
- 5C-APINACA, 5C-AKB48
- 5F-ADB, 5F-MDMB-PINACA
- 5F-APINACA, 5F-AKB48
- 5F-CUMYL-PINACA, SGT-25, C-Liquid
- 5F-EMB-PINACA, 5F-AEB
- AB-FUBINACA, PX-4
- ADB-CHMINACA, MAB-CHMINACA, "MA-CHMINACA"
- ADB-FUBINACA, MAB-FUBINACA
- ADB-PINACA, MAB-PINACA
- AMB-CHMINACA, "MA-CHMINACA"
- AMB-FUBINACA, FUB-AMB, MMB-FUBINACA
- APINACA, AKB48
- APP-FUBINACA, PX-4
- CUMYL-4CN-BINACA, SGT-78
- CUMYL-PINACA, SGT-24
- CUMYL-THPINACA, SGT-42
- EMB-FUBINACA, FU-AEB
- FUB-APINACA, FUB-AKB48
- MDMB-CHMINACA, MDMB(N)-CHM
- MDMB-FUBINACA, MDMB(N)-Bz-F, MDMB-Bz-F, FUB-MDMB
- PX-2, 5F-APP-PINACA, FU-PX, PPA(N)-2201
- PX-3, APP-CHMINACA
Indole containing cannabinoid receptor agonists include:
- 5C-MN-24, 5C-NNEI
- 5F-AMB-PICA, I-AMB, MMB-2201
- 5F-NNE1, 5F-NNEI, 5F-MN-24
- ADBICA, ADB-PICA
- APICA, SDB-001, 2NE1
- AMB-CHMICA, MMB-CHMICA, "MA-CHMINACA"
- CUMYL-PeGACLONE, SGT-151
- FDU-NNE1, FDU-NNEI, FDU-MN-24
- FUB-144, FUB-UR-144
- MDMB-CHMICA, incorrectly known as MMB-CHMINACA
- NNE1, NNEI, MN-24
- Org 28611, SCH-900,111
- PX-1, 5F-APP-PICA, SRF-30
- STS-135, 5F-APICA
- XLR-11, 5F-UR-144
Androgenic anabolic steroids have approved medical uses as well as used illicitly as performance-enhancing drugs to build muscle mass and strength. Anabolic steroids that have been designed to evade detection in sport doping tests are known as "designer steroids".
- 1-Testosterone, Dihydroboldenone
- Desoxymethyltestosterone, Madol, "DMT"
- Dihydrotestosterone, DHT
- Drostanolone, Masteron
- Mesterolone, Proviron
- Metenolone enanthate, Primobolan
- Methasterone, Superdrol, Methasteron, Methyldrostanolone
- Methyl-1-testosterone, M1T
- Oxandrolone, Anavar
- Oxymetholone, Anadrol
- Prostanozol, prodrug for Stanozolol
- Stanozolol, Winstrol
Selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) are a novel class of androgen receptor ligands. They are intended to maintain the desirable muscle building effects of anabolic steroids while reducing undesirable androgenic actions (e.g., increased risk of prostate cancer). SARMs that are more selective in their action potentially could be used for a wider range clinical indications than the relatively limited legitimate uses that anabolic steroids are currently approved for.
- 3-Aminoisobutyric acid
- Acadesine, AICAR
- beta-Hydroxybutyric acid
Growth hormone secretagogue receptor agonists
Agonists of the growth hormone secretagogue receptor regulate energy homeostasis and body weight.
PDE5 inhibitors are typically used to treat erectile dysfunction and improve sexual stamina.
Central nervous system stimulants 
Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of clinical research in humans established that certain central nervous system stimulants, when taken at low doses, enhanced cognition in healthy people; in particular, the classes of stimulants that demonstrated cognition-enhancing effects in humans act as direct agonists or indirect agonists of dopamine receptor D1, adrenoceptor A2, or both types of receptor in the prefrontal cortex. Relatively high doses of stimulants caused cognitive deficits.
A 2014 systematic review noted that low doses of amphetamine also improved memory consolidation, in turn leading to improved recall of information in non-ADHD youth. It also improved task saliency (motivation to perform a task) and performance on tedious tasks that required a high degree of effort.
- Methylphenidate – a benzylpiperidine that had cognitive effects (e.g., working memory, episodic memory, and inhibitory control, aspects of attention, and planning latency) in healthy people. It also may improve task saliency and performance on tedious tasks. At above optimal doses, methylphenidate had off–target effects that decreased learning.
- Eugeroics (armodafinil and modafinil) – are classified as "wakefulness promoting" agents; modafinil increased alertness, particularly in sleep deprived individuals, and was noted to facilitate reasoning and problem solving in non-ADHD youth. Modafinil did not produce improvements in mood, memory, and motivation in sleep deprived or non-sleep deprived individuals.
- Xanthines (most notably, caffeine) – were shown in a 2007 study to increase alertness, performance, and, in some studies, memory. Children and adults who consumed low doses of caffeine showed increased alertness, yet a higher dose was needed to improve performance.
- Nicotine – A meta-analysis of 41 preliminary human studies concluded that nicotine or smoking caused small improvements in fine motor abilities, alerting and orienting attention, and episodic and working memory.
Racetams, such as piracetam, oxiracetam, and aniracetam, which are often marketed as cognitive enhancers and sold over-the-counter. Racetams are often referred to as nootropics, but this property is not well established. The racetams have poorly understood mechanisms, although piracetam and aniracetam are known to act as positive allosteric modulators of AMPA receptors and appear to modulate cholinergic systems.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, "Piracetam is not a vitamin, mineral, amino acid, herb or other botanical, or dietary substance for use by man to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake. Further, piracetam is not a concentrate, metabolite, constituent, extract or combination of any such dietary ingredient. [...] Accordingly, these products are drugs, under section 201(g)(1)(C) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 321(g)(1)(C), because they are not foods and they are intended to affect the structure or any function of the body. Moreover, these products are new drugs as defined by section 201(p) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 321(p), because they are not generally recognized as safe and effective for use under the conditions prescribed, recommended, or suggested in their labeling."
- L-Theanine – A 2014 systematic review and meta-analysis found that concurrent caffeine and L-theanine use had synergistic psychoactive effects that promoted alertness, attention, and task switching; these effects were most pronounced during the first hour post-dose. However, the European Food Safety Authority reported that, when L-theanine is used by itself (i.e. without caffeine), there is insufficient information to determine if these effects exist.
- Tolcapone – a systematic review noted that it improved verbal episodic memory and episodic memory encoding.
- Levodopa – a systematic review noted that it improved verbal episodic memory and episodic memory encoding.
- Atomoxetine – may improve working memory and attention when used at certain doses.
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