Modafinil is a psychoactive prescription drug which is currently approved for use in the treatment of narcolepsy and shift work sleep disorder.
Modafinil has recently been gaining popularity as a "smart drug", and there are many people who want to know how much Modafinil they should be taking on a daily basis.
In this article, I'll discuss the effects of Modafinil and how much you should be taking.
Before we get started let me clarify that this article is for informational purposes only and is not designed to diagnose or treat any condition.
As always, you should consult with your doctor before starting any new medications or treatments in order to assess the suitability of this drug for you.
So without further ado, let's just jump straight into it, shall we?
How does it work?
Modafinil is a central nervous system stimulant that provides increased wakefulness in people with excessive sleepiness associated with narcolepsy or shift-work sleep disorder.
As such, it increases alertness and promotes mental clarity.
Specifically, the drug alters the levels of two neurotransmitters in the brain:
Modafinil works by stimulating the central nervous system, which increases levels of Histamine in the brain.
This promotes wakefulness and a clearer mind and has been clinically proven.
How much should you take?
There is no one answer to this question as there are many factors to consider including your weight, tolerance and medical condition.
In general, Modafinil is taken at 200mg to 400mg per day.
If you suffer from narcolepsy or shift work sleep disorder, your doctor will be able to determine the most effective dosage for you.
For those who are looking to feel more alert and focused during the day, 50 mg to 100 mg of Modafinil per day is often enough.
You should take Modafinil in the morning in order for it to be most effective throughout the day.
That being said, I highly recommend avoiding taking your dosage after Noon (it's impossible to fall asleep at night).
How often should you take it?
Modafinil can be taken daily. After all, that's what it's prescribed for. Some people take it every day, while others take it three or four times per week.
Most people don't like the idea of taking Modafinil on a daily basis because they're worried about developing a tolerance to the drug (or nasty side effects).
Taking Modafinil once a week or every other week should still help you feel alert and focused for the majority of the time, without any negative side effects.
So what are the side effects exactly?
Common side effects of Modafinil include:
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty sleeping
Although not everyone experiences these side effects, the most common side effect that people complain about is the inability to sleep.
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to minimize this problem.
For example, try taking Modafinil in the morning instead of in the afternoon or evening.
Finally, taking Modafinil on an empty stomach can also cause nausea and diarrhea (now you're warned!).
If you're planning on taking your Modafinil dosage before lunch or breakfast, and you don't want to run the risk of diarrhea, simply make sure to eat something first.
That being said, I have had a great experience doing Intermittent Fasting on Modafinil only consuming caffeine and electrolytes (worked awesome without any side effects).
Can you take it long-term?
Taking Modafinil on a long-term basis is just like taking any other prescription drug.
As such, it's important to follow your doctor's advice and be mindful of any side effects that may occur.
The long-term use of this drug is typically not recommended, but some people will still take it on a daily basis for years without experiencing negative side effects.
That being said, it's not recommended to take Modafinil on a daily basis if you don't have any sort of ADD or ADHD.
Taking Modafinil long-term is also not recommended if you suffer from any sort of heart problems or serious medical condition (it might interact with your other medications).
Aside from that, be sure to talk to your doctor and ask for advice if you're thinking about taking this drug long-term.
You should know what you're getting yourself into before just blindly taking Modafinil every day (or follow advice from a schmuck like me on the internet).
What are the alternatives to Modafinil?
If you don't want to take Modafinil on a daily basis, you can try other nootropic supplements such as Adrafinil or Nuvigil (Armodafinil).
Personally, I've taken both Adrafinil and Nuvigil in the past, and they worked great for me.
One thing I should mention here is that both Adrafinil and Nuvigil are actually prodrugs of Modafinil and they need to be metabolized in order to be effective.
This basically means that you have to take a double dose of Adrafinil or Nuvigil in order to get the same effect as Modafinil.
This makes Nuvigil and Adrafinil a bit less effective than Modafinil, but it's still not a bad choice if you want something more natural.
I should also mention that both Adrafinil and Nuvigil are classified as schedule IV controlled substances in the United States.
This means that they are considered addictive drugs with no known medical use.
In summary, Modafinil is an FDA-approved drug that is used to treat excessive daytime sleepiness.
On average, it can keep you awake for about 12 hours.
Modafinil has been shown to improve cognitive performance in a variety of different tasks and scenarios (especially those involving short-term memory).
The drug has been proven to be safe for long-term use in many different people.
Most people take anywhere from 100 mg to 200 mg of Modafinil in a day though it's not recommended to take it more than 3 times a week.
But it's not recommended to take this drug without consulting your doctor because they'll know what is best for you.