If you don’t already know by now, Modafinil is an extremely popular off-label smart drug and cognitive enhancer that is widely used by students and professionals.
In this article I’ll try to dive a little deeper into what modafinil is really made of.
So without further ado, let’s just get started, shall we?
First off, some background information
Modafinil is a relatively new type of smart drug that has become really popular in recent years (probably due to the movie; Limitless).
Modafinil was developed by a French scientist and was first used as a treatment for Narcolepsy in 1986. Soon after that, it started to be used off-label for various other conditions such as multiple sclerosis, depression, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and shift work sleep disorder.
Modafinil improves focus and concentration while promoting wakefulness. It is extensively used for the treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness and narcolepsy.
It is also prescribed for other conditions such as depression, obesity and obstructive sleep apnea.
It helps regulate the levels of neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine in your brain. Neurotransmitters are basically chemicals that your brain releases to communicate with other neurons.
The way it works is by blocking the re-uptake of norepinephrine and dopamine in your prefrontal cortex which enhances concentration and improves mood. It also blocks the re-uptake of GABA which helps you feel more relaxed.
What is Modafinil made of?
Modafinil is one of the most expensive smart drugs around ($8.15 per unit).
It is sold under various brand names such as; Alertec, Modalert, Modavigil, Provigil and others.
The main active ingredient is….. You guessed it… Modafinil.
That being said, there are usually inactive ingredients in the pills as well. Ingredients such as;
- Croscarmellose sodium (used as a disintegrant in the pills)
- Lactose monohydrate (used as a filler and stabilizer)
- Magnesium stearate (used as an emulsifier, binder and thickener)
- Microcrystalline cellulose (used as a texturizer)
- Povidone (used to disperse the drug)
- Pregelatinized starch (used as a stabilizer to help increase shelf life)
What does it look like?
Now keep in mind that I can only speak of Modalert from Sun Pharma which is the only brand I have experience with.
The Modafinil pills from Sun Pharma are small and round with no imprint on them. They are white with no distinguishable features.
The Sun Pharma Modalert pill is standardized to contain 200mg of Modafinil per pill.
How is it taken?
Modafinil is usually taken orally once or twice a day in one to two dosages.
Since Modafinil has a long half life (around 12 hours), it is recommended that you take the dosage in the morning (otherwise you’ll have a terrible time falling asleep at night).
How long does it last?
You should expect to start feeling the effects of Modafinil 40-60 minutes after you take it.
The effects of Modafinil will continue for 6-8 hours. The half life of Modafinil is 12-15 hours so if you take a dosage in the morning, you will most likely still feel the effects in the evening.
Fortunately, Modafinil is water soluble so you can eat and drink without any issues.
Does it have any side effects?
Modafinil is a very safe and effective drug that doesn’t contain any nasty side effects. Still though, you should always consult your doctor before taking it.
The most common side effect is the dreaded headache. Also, you may experience sleeplessness and nausea.
If you have any kind of blood pressure issues, you should definitely talk to your doctor before taking Modafinil for that reason.
Modafinil has also been known to cause restless legs syndrome in some people.
How much is Modafinil?
The price of Provigil varies depending on where you buy it. The highest price I’ve paid was $10 per pill which is quite a bit.
The lowest price I’ve seen was $0.20 per pill (Sun Pharma, Modalert).
Modafinil is a very popular smart drug that is used by many people to help them focus and get more done.
It helps regulate the levels of norepinephrine and dopamine in your brain which makes you sharper and more energetic.
It is sold under various brand names (Alertec, Modalert, Provigil) but it all contains the same active ingredient: Modafinil.
It is made of inactive ingredients such as; croscarmellose sodium (used as a disintegrant), lactose monohydrate (used as a filler and stabilizer), magnesium stearate (used as an emulsifier, binder and thickener), microcrystalline cellulose (used as a texturizer) and pregelatinized starch (used to disperse the drug).
provigil is usually taken orally once to twice a day in one or two dosages. You should expect to start feeling the effects of it 40-60 minutes after taking it.
The effects will last for 6-8 hours. It has a half life of 12-15 hours so if you take a dosage in the morning, you will most likely still feel the effects in the evening.
- Enhances cognitive performance and motivation.
- Increases energy levels by increasing the activity of norepinephrine.
- Facilitates wakefulness.
- Increases alertness and attention (enhanced learning ability).
- Increases cognitive function and concentration.
- Improves mood by inhibiting the re-uptake of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain.
- Promotes alertness, wakefulness and decreased fatigue.
- Facilitates sleep initiation by inhibiting the re-uptake of serotonin in the brain (antidepressant).
- Reduces symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (off-label use).
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