If you are looking to stay up late for an exam, put the adderall down and try a peppermint or stick of cinnamon gum; the natural aroma will stimulate the body and mind and naturally make you feel more awake! (I speak from experience, it works for me!)
It's interesting to think about how much American's spend on purchasing pharmaceutical medications for these particular symtoms.
Although the total percentage of the patent applications for genitcally manufactured pharmaceuticals has dropped from 45% in 1990 to 39% in 2008, according to the VFA (The German Association for Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies). Although the percentage has dropped the number of patents has rise from 228 patents in 1990 to over 700 patents in 2008. That means that more companies have come up with more medications--but triple the amount twenty years ago?
Are we really getting sicker or are we apart of something bigger than can be explained? You might just be better off going the natural route and benefitting from aromatherapy.
"Vfa - German Association of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies." VFA German Association of Research-Based Pharmaceuticals. German Patent Office, 2009. Web. 07 May 2010.