How Much Modafinil Should You Take Daily?

Written on December 16, 2022 by | Reviewed by William Gallagher, MNeuroSci

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?

Why Take Modafinil Daily?

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:

  • Dopamine
  • Histamine

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 Modafinil To Take Daily?

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 Many Times A Day Should You Take Modafinil?

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.

Can You Take Modafinil 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).