Modafinil is one of the most popular nootropics these days, so-called “smart drug”, “study drug”, or “safe biohacking tool.
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And the reasons for it to be on the top of modern medications to manage sleep disorders (e.g. narcolepsy, apnea/hypopnea syndrome), ADHD, ADD (off-label), lupus, or chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia, is that it is very safe and well-tolerated drug providing fewer side effects than other smart drugs.
Among other benefits of taking this drug are: increased alertness, memory, attention, the productivity of the brain, boosting mental energy, and the ability to alleviate multiple sclerosis and depression.
It is not a secret that Modafinil’s popularity has greatly increased after it was started to be widely used by Wall Street bankers, Silicon Valley millionaires, and White House personnel.
But such reputation is not really justified as you may find reports on clinic trials of the medication where it showed, in fact, inhibiting of cognitive abilities and productivity and attention deficits.
But such keen interest is also attracted by recent studies on the action mechanism of Modafinil and its potential ability to cure strong addiction to heavy drugs (cocaine, methamphetamine).
You can read more about these researches in one of the sections of this article.
As long as the mechanism of how actually Modafinil impacts the brain is basically unknown, in this respect, each and every research which can help to figure out the exact model of the drug’s action will allow realizing the whole range of possible side effects, precautions, dosage, etc.
Some recent studies have shown a few results stating that Modafinil increases histamine and locomotor activity and that’s the way it affects brain productivity and cognitive abilities.
A dosage highly depends on the problem you seek to resolve, individual body chemistry, your health, and concomitant diseases.
Being addictive, in certain cases, Modafinil is not recommended for usage by patients with a history of addiction in the past.
The standard dose of Modafinil is about 100-200 mg, in the morning as the boosting effect of this drug will not allow you to sleep at least 3-4 hours after taking the medicine, hence the schedule is of importance.
There were a number of biohacking cases and experiments with Modafinil aiming to achieve the best results of bodywork and to obtain the whole range of known benefits.
The user was taking a dosage of 300-400 mg of the drug per day, further lowering the dosage to 100 mg per day, there were reported no side effects at all.
That way Modafinil is considered to be a safe nootropic and in this case, mainly, because of often change of the time schedule and dosage.
Modafinil Side Effect
If you’re taking Modafinil, you should be aware of mentioned below side effects and take them seriously if you are looking for a better decision dealing with sleep disorders, in particular.
Unpleasant results of taking Modafinil usually include (in decreasing order of frequency occurrence): a headache, nausea, fatigue, and seldom: decreased attention, shortness of breath, depression, anxiety, sleepiness, enhanced sensory perceptions, loss of appetite, diarrhea, nose and throat congestion, dry mouth, back pain, nervousness, dizziness, psychiatric issues.
A full list is not extensive.
There could be some side withdrawal effects that appeared after you stopped using Modafinil which actually depends on the way how you stopped taking this medication: abruptly cease taking Modafinil or smooth discontinuation of using it by gradually reducing the dosage.
The information mentioned above should be taken into account if you have been on Modafinil for a long period of time.
There were some cases reported when Modafinil caused psychosis, slow degeneration, and unpleasant effects associated with long-term and improper usage.
Users have commonly faced a situation where it is required to weigh the risk of addiction and side effects against the benefits of this drug.
We suggest you make a decision based on recent researches, studies, and users’ reviews which will add tangible statistics to the existing number of pros and cons.
Some professionals raise reasonable concerns about addiction to Modafinil.
But what kind of addiction!? How does it actually work and how to understand that you have started to suffer from habit-forming?
Addiction causes a condition wherein the user cannot get the same level of relief from the same dose of a drug and the dose is required to be increased, on and on, in order to achieve the desired effect.
There are still controversial opinions on the addiction potential of Modafinil.
Some experts believe that Modafinil will hardly cause addiction in a case of proper usage as per prescription with an irregular schedule, and on the other hand, some experts say that long-term use will cause addiction even if a patient is compliant with the prescription and the right dosage.
A bunch of studies shows that Modafinil forms dopamine transporters that block the removal of dopamine from receptors on neurons.
Since these neurotransmitters are required by cocaine and methamphetamine to take an effect, Modafinil is considered to actually help patients to cure serious addiction to heavy drugs. These researches are still ongoing.
How to avoid addiction or at least mitigate the risks related to Modafinil tolerance and habit-forming?
The answer to that is equally applicable to most of the nootropics:
- a user should not stick to taking Modafinil during seven (7) days per week;
- skip a dose about twice a week;
- change schedule by interchanging dates of taking Modafinil;
- intervals in using the drug or taking it occasionally.
Modafinil is widely available for purchasing online.
A common and popular dosage of the medication to purchase is 100 mg and 200 mg and online sellers provide a wide variety of different packaging and discounts depending on the amount of purchase.
The biggest known package of Modafinil offered online is 500 pills which of course provides the best price per pill for such purchase.
Purchasing Modafinil online is always related to risks of failure in delivery – wrong delivery, delays, fakes, legal issues (if not permitted for importation), etc.
But all these concerns are easily covered by addressing a reliable supplier.
Where to Buy Modafinil
You can find many ways to buy the drug. But before you decide you need to understand where to buy it from a safe, reliable, and reputable supplier.
In most countries, this drug is allowed to be bought without a prescription, and here you need to know the generic brands (alternatives) of Modafinil available on the market and cheaper than its original analog: Modalert, Armodafinil, Modvigil, Alertec, Artvigil, Waklert or Modapro.
Specified generics are 200 mg of the active substance of Modafinil per pill with an approximate price of $1 to $3 per pill.
The original brand of Modafinil – Provigil will cost you from $400 for thirty (30) pills which are quite expensive. Even if your insurance actually covers this cost, most users prefer to save money and buy some cheaper analogs online.