'Memory Pill' to Aid with Exams Could be Available Soon
A "memory pill" that could help you take exams and prevent you from forgetting birthdays and anniversaries could be available in the near future. The medicine was originally developed to treat Alzheimer's disease, but could be adapted and sold in a weaker form over the counter.
Drug giant AstraZeneca is developing one brand of the memory-enhancing pill while Epix Pharmaceuticals is developing another. Officials say both drugs could be available in the next few years.
Some drugs like Provigil, used to treat narcolepsy, and Adderall and Ritalin, treatments for attention deficit disorder, are being used to help promote concentration. However, these drugs can raise blood pressure.