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What is your modafinil experience?

What is your modafinil experience?

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Rose Says:

I took Modafinil I think that is the same as Provigil if I am not mistaken. It did nothing for me. I now take the highest dose of Ritalin possible plus I take Nuvigil in the afternoon and still I could lay down and sleep. No matter what I try I cannot find relief. Good Luck.

Brokston Says:

It's shown to increase dopamine and serotonin and hystamine among other things and also decrease gaba, but I also agree that there could be an extra placebo effect bc users believe they are on the "Limitless" pill

Richard Says:

Definitely keeps you awake without making you feel edgy like caffeine pills. The only real negative was that it makes your pee smell weird :)

Vic Says:

Helpful occasionally, but I found I built up a tolerance to it, and I can still fall asleep when I take it sometimes, but it helps me focus. Can feel a tiny bit trembly, but no worse than a strong energy drink, and being more productive on a bad day is usually worth it.

Murray Says:

I usemodafinil *very* occasionally when I'm underslept and have a long day in front of me. I take a half dose and it works well, with no caffeine jitters. I usually feel tired but not sleepy, if that makes any sense. Can usually fall asleep afterwards OK.

Deborah Says:

Great for wakefulness, also a migraine trigger. Being awake while wanting to put an ice pick through my eye was not useful to me.

Joshua Says:

The doctor prescribed Modafinil for me several months ago. For me, it's been a miraculous life-changing experience. I've been taking three antidepressant medications for the past seven years, which helped to some extent. With the addition of a daily dose of 200mg Modafinil, the depression symptoms have been greatly reduced. I had severe anhedonia, and for the first time in years, I feel motivated to DO things. I was having severe cases of excessive sleeping two or three times a week, and that problem is almost over with. I now have greatly reduced anxiety, more focus and concentration, and reduced symptoms of ADHD. The only problem with Modafinil is that it sometimes keeps me awake for TOO long (beyond 15 hours). I don't know or care how or why this miracle drug works, just that it does, and I couldn't be happier about it. (BTW, I'm a 66 year old white male.)

Alex Says:

I have used modafinil and It works super well. It's like Vyvanse with very few side affects. Never in my life have I never felt so clear. However, its definitely not organic. The truth is that it makes your pee smell horrible, and in my experience, it improves focus, but your people skills decline as a compensation.
This is only my experience.
I think it's good to use every now and again for work days only.

Lucas Says:

Yup. I experienced something similar with armodafinil/caffeine the other day. I find having less caffeine+l-theanine is more appropriate in tandem with the anti-narcolepsy meds. Generally just strong tea works a little better. Also, make sure you have adequate choline and fats involved (salmon omelettes are perfect).

Jon Says:

A friend of mine says he got off caffeine altogether and after a couple of weeks feels like he has more energy. I'm not ready for that, but it's intriguing.

Dustin Says:

Sometimes coffee will put me right to sleep. I haven't narrowed down exactly what causes it but it seems to be when my sleep schedule is out of wack in some specific way

Alicia Says:

I'll take it when I'm running low on sleep and still need to have a productive day. But it makes me a little anxious and can keep me from falling asleep the following night, so I started splitting them in half and I'm happy with that.

Roy Says:

Dave asprey, the guy who introduced the world to Bulletproof Coffee is a huge proponent of it and took it daily for 10 years straight. Said it made him a better dad, a better husband and a better boss and was responsible for him having all the success he's had in his life. I'd be interested in finding out the easiest way to get a prescription for it.

Michael Says:

I've found it to be good when used strategically. The effectiveness drops off very quickly for me and it just becomes an upper. I have pulled back from it in favor of good sleep, good diet, exercise, and meditation.

Mark Says:

For me modafinil was a disaster when combined with creative work. Writing was a no go. Yeah, I could write 5000 words in one sitting, but they were really bad 5000 words.
It's great for rote tasks. I would only take it if I needed to spend a day doing my taxes or rearrange my whole apartment or something.

Dan Says:

Do not do strenuous workouts your first week with the stuff. You will go to actual physical exhaustion. The first week isn't like ongoing use. Ongoing use, you still know you're tired. Also, you are actually not very creative when you're tired, even if the sensation is dulled.

John Says:

In my experience, I've found that there are two ways I can go on Modafinil: creative, or workhorse. If you have a lot of work to get done, make sure to create a list and make a mental commitment to sticking to it. I have a lot of trouble sticking to the workhorse side, because...
Where Modafinil really shines for me is in creativity. I'm not sure if it causes lowered inhibitions, but because of the temporary "I can do anything" mentality it allows me, I can pump out new business plans or ideas with ease. I do best with it when I have someone around to bounce my ideas off of as a filter.

Craig Says:

Was amazing for me for writing, however I started getting gnarly exertion headaches when lifting or having sex so had to stop. I was taking 125 mg one or two days a week

Dana Says:

Where are you guys getting this stuff? It's a prescription drug, no? I don't know about you, but my doctor isn't gonna give me pill just so I can "get stuff done." I've got a thesis that NEEDS to get done and I'm not motivated. Would love to have some medical help, but I doubt my doctor would prescribe drugs for my laziness.

Dave Says:

I found that it improved my meditation and quantifiably raised my alpha brain waves. It did not sever empathy in my case, easier to connect because it increased focus. By focusing on empathy, I've benefited. But it does make you less patient because everyone around you feels kind of stupid and slow. :-)

J Says:

I have narcolepsy without cataplexy so I have been taking for years now.
Some I am coming from a slightly different perspective.
It may give you extra focus but that does not mean you will focus on the right thing.
Before taking it have the things you want to focus on laid out in front of you.
Make you sure you are taking extra supplements.
It will tax your brain a bit more so take extra fish oil and avocados (It increase histamine in usage in the brain that is why I suggest avocados).
Take regular vacations from it (I do not take it on the weekends or vacations) to avoid building up tolerance.
I made this mistake I did not realize until I ran out one day and noticed how tired I felt.
Keep a regular sleep cycle.
Since it can allow you feel like you do not need sleep it is very tempting to skip on sleep.
Eat well.
It works better if your diet is good.

Sigurd Says:

I had some nasty experiences with Adrafinil, but only positive with Moda. Likely due to some peculiarities in liver metabolism. Key takeaway for me was to do shorter on/off cycles and do proper auxiliary supplementation.

Ben Says:

Initial dose was the most productive, accomplished in one 18 hour work session what would normally take 40-60 hours. Found it's best for very focused, complex problems that have a muti-variable context tied to them. Human interaction of any type beyond close friends who knew I was in the zone was detrimental to forward focus. ^2 for empathy and connectedness. I would cycle on and off, work Monday for 16-18 hours, take tuesday to recover, then do another intense work session on Weds. Make sure to plan the next two weeks of work before you pop the pill, be aware of set and setting and don't chase the dragon. Overall thoughts now; It's a hammer for crunch time or accelerating velocity but not an every day tool in the resource box.

Ash Says:

I have a neuro issue so my modafinil is prescribed. With that being said, I take 200mg every day in combination with 10mg of ritalin and ginseng. I'm pretty much laser-focused for 6 hrs. Since I take it around 530am, it wears off midday. I take another modafinil, if needed, around 1-2pm if I plan to have a long day. Some people switch between armodafinil (nuvigil) and modafinil (provigil) to prevent tolerance issues if they don't want to take breaks. I can still drink caffeine with mine but maybe that's because I'm a beast in these streets.

Austin Says:

Tried it many times, but never for a long string of unbroken days. Love it, highly recommended. Helps you not feel fatigued as soon, focus easier, not as strong for me as others say though.

Joshua Says:

The doctor prescribed Modafinil for me several months ago. For me, it's been a miraculous life-changing experience. I've been taking three antidepressant medications for the past seven years, which helped to some extent. With the addition of a daily dose of 200mg Modafinil, the depression symptoms have been greatly reduced. I had severe anhedonia, and for the first time in years, I feel motivated to DO things. I was having severe cases of excessive sleeping two or three times a week, and that problem is almost over with. I now have greatly reduced anxiety, more focus and concentration, and reduced symptoms of ADHD. The only problem with Modafinil is that it sometimes keeps me awake for TOO long (beyond 15 hours). I don't know or care how or why this miracle drug works, just that it does, and I couldn't be happier about it. (BTW, I'm a 66 year old white male.)

Eric Says:

I used the long acting one, I think Provigil? I took it for a few weeks after being diagnosed with narcolepsy. I had some headaches at first but if I got busy with something I didn't notice them. They woke me up great, there is no denying that, but I swear they agitated my ADHD and my ability to focus and get things done was worse than if I took nothing at all. Your milage may vary.

[edit] I also tried Vyvanse, but it would only work some what for about a month or 2 per dosage. Now I am back to Adderall XR which has always worked the best for me. Though, I assume you're attempting to stay away from amphetamines. As you know I am starting the keto diet in hopes that it relieves me of some of my symptoms so I don't have to take anything.

Jill Says:

I've taken it for fatigue, and focus.
It made my heart race for about the first 30 minutes after taking it (it's a stimulant). But otherwise no negative side effects.
It does help with focus. Some take it for ADD/ADHD.

Thom Says:

Modafinil is an interesting drug.
It's unclear exactly how it works. It seems to have something to do with inhibiting dopamine reuptake, but there's reason to believe that that's not the whole basis for its effects. Regardless of how or why, what is clear is that modafinil acts to promote wakefulness in humans. Originally approved only to treat symptoms of narcolepsy, it's now prescribable for shift workers, travelers who experience serious jet lag, and Air Force pilots and ISS astronauts on extended missions.
Because I suffer from a medical condition that, among other quite undesirable side effects, causes chronic, severe sleep deprivation, my sleep guy at OSU (one Dan Miller - Hi, Dan!) instantly wrote me a prescription for modafinil on my last visit to him in Columbus. About a week ago, it was finally approved by my horrible insurance company (Hi, United Healthcare Community Plan!), and I began taking 200 milligrams a day.
Thus far, it has helped allow me to focus during the day, at least enough to start accomplishing stuff (which I really haven't been able to do for a year now), so ... yeah.
Anyway, it isn't quite the miracle cure I'd like it to have been. Don't get me wrong, here. It does help me concentrate, and it may well keep me from falling asleep at the wheel when I have to go to Columbus for medical appointments. We'll have to see about that. In the meantime, however, it does NOT make me less fatigued. In fact, the past few days, I've had to take naps in the early afternoon - and modafinil has NOT kept me from sleeping. But that's in a darkened room, where I'm actually trying to fall asleep. So, if you're only getting 2-3 hours of sleep a night (or less - and I often get less), it's not going to substitute for those missing hours. (And, to be fair, the package insert specifically states that it should not be used as a substitue for sufficient sleep.) But it helps enough that, with any luck, I may be able to return to writing soon - perhaps as early as tomorrow.
The thing is, my novel American Sulla has a very large cast of characters, and I depend rather heavily on research in depth of sometimes demanding subjects to give it verisimiltude. Managing that on 3 hours of sleep a night just hasn't been possible.
Perhaps now it will be ...

Luke Says:

yeah it's good and gets you feeling focused/in the zone for sure

Problems creep in when you use & abuse it :) remember it's a wakefulness drug not a cognitive enhancer (in relation to memory, focus, attention etc)

Therefore need to consider that it acts like a stimulant which means we need to be careful and cover our basics alongside it; vitamin b complex, vit d, magnesium, NAC, choline source & vitamin C should probably compliment it

ER Says:

Take it from a former Smart Drug addict - be cautious. I have experimented with a couple of them. Provigil,(Modifinil) is an excellent product - but it is not anything like the"Limitless Drug."

CL Says:

I've been taking Provigil for about a year. It does help me a bit with energy without the side effects I experienced with Adderall. Overall, I like it. It's not like a burst of energy a B-12 shot might provide to someone without CFS, but if I don't take it, I can tell the difference.

Barbara Says:

I love modafinil! Not for the sake of energy but it works a charm on my mental fog and concentration. It won't clear the bad bad days or when I am stupefied by fatigue, but on what are my "ordinary" days, it's a great benefit.

Jen Says:

Yes, I take Nuvagil (Armofadnil) when I feel fairly okay, whatever that means, and it helps me feel less tired and helps with brain fog. On a bad day it does nothing for me. I always take it with a painkiller and something starchy, to stave off headaches or slight nausea. By the way, this works pretty well instantly!

Blake Says:

Lol Modafinil works much better than caffeine when it comes to maintaining cognitive performance over long periods of wakefulness. When I get home I'll link the study the military did with helicopter pilots.

For me its definitely less an energy boost and more a sleeplessness inhibitor. 34 hours now and not so much as a yawn. Still very mentally aware and not jittery or restless.

Dave Says:

The effects of modafinil wear off extremely quickly. I wouldn't recommend self-medicating personally. Self-medicating (some years back) has resulted in some of the most terrible experiences i've ever had. (For symptoms of sleep deprivation that is)

Tina Says:

I use Nuvigil, it's sister drug (in the US). It doesn't make me feel like I'm on speed. It helps my drowsiness, but not the muscle fatigue. I have Idiopathic Hypersomnia (cousin to Narcolepsy), though, so that might make a difference. I have very few side effects (less hungry and have to make sure to take it first thing in the morning or I have trouble going to sleep that night). It doesn't always help, seems to be hit and miss, but when it does it's a major difference.

Sue is right about insurance, except it is also indicated for sleep apnea, which I also have. So, insurance comers it for me. However, it's still expensive. If you have to pay for it, I recommend asking for a sample first, before going through of trying to get insurance to approve it.

Avin Says:

guess Im rather unlucky that modafinil did not provide the effects of mental clarity and focus I was looking for. For sure, the physical energy is there and the ability to reduce sleep and sometimes my thoughts start racing, but ironically I tend to quickly lose all motivation to do challenging work and prefer to lie down in a corner, zombie like in a state of low productivity surfing the web or sth. Tried all brands mod vigil, prescription provigil (modasomil in switzerland) and modalert but nothing is amazing. Any ideas what Im doing wrong or is it just my individual physiology? Im 22 so I should probably stop experimenting for a while...

Joel Says:

I have tried modafinil many times. Initially I noticed a significant improvement in my energy levels, concentration and it brigthened up my mood. But after using it around 15-20 times, it became less and less effective until eventually I could literally fall asleep 3-4 hours after taking it (Ive tried increasing the dosage from 200 to 300-400 mgs but then I started noticing headaches and a weird edgy feeling that is hard to describe, so decided to stop it). Nowadays I rarely take it and when I do I feel only a small fragment of the original feeling. When I was using it, I was getting enough sleep (7-8 hours) and working out 4-5 times a week, not to mention the stuff I was taking came from the pharmacy and not from some sketchy online store. IMHO it is a very interesting drug with several uses but it is certainly not what is hyped up to be, at least for me.

Lulu Says:

Modafinil is one of the very few drugs of this ilk that is not illegal in Japan (where I live) but you still need to have many tests before getting it. It's hyped up to the hilt and people forget that the effect depends on the individual. If someone had paid me enormous amounts of money I would not have been able to tell you when I was taking it and not, and it wasn't for lack of trying. Not all things work for all people.

Lance Says:

Piracetam is outstanding for allowing access to your complete arsenal of vocabulary, and the modafinil gives me that "kick in the ass" toward ACTION. In my case (n=1) the side effects I would say are increased sensitivity to sounds. (I can be startled by noises seeming loud, and can hear such things as the intricacies of off-road tires from cars quite far away, or even errors in the sounds of the engines of nearby cars on the freeway, etc.) I also get "cotton mouth" if I do not drink plenty of water. My increased focus also seems to drive me toward a desire to learn and be productive with my time, vs. lounging, laughing, and general niceness. :) (Although I have those qualities in surplus) The benefits by far outweigh these side effects, and simply not taking modafinil returns me to my normal self in around 12 hours. I do not notice in the slightest the effects this report is alluding to. I guess that is why n=1 results are less beneficial to the masses.

Piper Says:

I have tried modafinil in the past for adult diagnosed ADD and loved it . However after a few weeks of using it, I had horrible horrible headaches and had to get off of it because of the headaches . I liked the results so much , that I tried again a few years later - same result . I wasn't bulletproof then . Any thoughts about the headaches ? I do have scattered areas of white matter disease in both the frontal and parietal lobes .

Tim Says:

I have used Provig and NuVig the only thing I don't like about about it is some times my eye get very dry due to lack of blinking. The drug works so well for me I was afraid of the side effects that it would have for long term use.

Phil Says:

I do use modafinil almost daily. I did have 2 important car accidents after falling asleep at the wheel. I have not seen side effect from modafinil but I could mention quite a few from personal experience resulting from a car accident. Yes there are changes that can be made to improve wakefulness from sugar control to gluten free or GABA+melatonin before bed, etc. If human ressources are important, lets think of the consequences of foreign competitors being able to use it while being shunned at home.

Rose Says:

I took Modafinil I think that is the same as Provigil if I am not mistaken. It did nothing for me. I now take the highest dose of Ritalin possible plus I take Nuvigil in the afternoon and still I could lay down and sleep. No matter what I try I cannot find relief. Good Luck.

Joe Says:

Love it, but...
1. Have a work list in place. It's not a silver bullet if you don't have a plan.
2. Drink lots of water.
3. Use a time management technique, i.e., pomodoro.
4. Don't do it every day.
Personally I prefer armodafinil over modafinil.

DW Says:

I have taken modafinil. As you said yourself it acts as a stimulant. It doesn't actually give you energy, it just masks fatigue and I think that this can be quite dangerous when taken by those with M.E. I believe it can be useful if there is an event or something that you really want some energy for, but you will have to pay the price in a relapse afterwards.

Kathryn Says:

I reacted badly to both citalopram and modafinil - both seemed stimulators and therefore intolerable when I needed rest as was exhausted. I think those type drugs might be possibly be useful for people 80% function plus, at work & generally on the go who want to be a bit more alert but if you rely on regular rests or naps, as many ME do, they will interfere.
I've not heard many positive reports and not everyone in a CFS clinic has ME. I think stimulants give an illusion of energy with obvious risk in ME

Terry Says:

I was on it for the first 2 years of my M.E, was the best drug ever until it stopped working, i was maxed out on the top does, i wish i could find another drug like it, i still give them a try from time to time but no way get the help they use to give me, it's the only drug i ever found that helped in 10 years with M.E, good luck whatever way you go :) xx

Sarah Says:

Hi it's definitely worth weighing the pros and cons. I have been taking it for quite sometime now. Building gradually to 200mg and it gives me a total of 3 hours functioning time (but I still need to pace/rest/switch activities. Best taken before noon (any later and it disrupts sleep). I've also found a difference between brands. Without it I would spend most of my time bedbound, so for me, it's worth the risk. Xx

Sheryl Says:

I took Modafinil while I was working but it doesn't reduce the CFS type fatigue what it does do is help with the brain fog/cognitive dysfunction if you have MILD symptoms. I stopped taking it when I stopped working as I get no other benefits from it.

I was only prescribed Modafinil as I started taking it in around 2006 before the illnesses Modafinil could be prescribed for on the NHS was reduced. It is classed as a 'expensive' drug but a GP may prescribe Modafinil if the patient shows they get considerable benefit from taking it.

Adam Says:

I have. I only had 10 so I cant really say how it is over time, but it definitely woke me up and increased focus. That said, it has some pretty strong side effects that are very similar to the side effects of Adderall. Take it early because it's pretty hard to sleep on it. Reading over these comments makes me think that the one I took were a pretty high dose. I definitely noticed it's effects and side effects quite a bit. These were the ones I took: https://neomodafinil.com/buy-Modalert.php

Brian Says:

Modafinil could be an exception, but for most drugs, the prior is biased toward causing harm rather than benefit. Especially given that my psychology is functioning well at the moment, I don't want to mess things up. Drugs can be addictive (to varying degrees: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modafinil#Addictive_potential), so these "experiments" may not be reversible.

It's generally not good PR to do illegal things, even if you think the thing shouldn't be illegal. This point is debatable, but modafinil legalization is nowhere near the top of my priority list, so it's not worth the battle.

I am biased against drugs, but this is not without reason. The general heuristic is that you need to be very sure it's okay to mess with things before you start messing -- not because of status-quo bias but just because of the relative probabilities of benefit vs. harm. Maybe modafinil could pass the bar -- I don't know -- but I want to make it clear the bar should be very high.

Eliot Says:

My personal experience so far is limited, and my academic acumen of nootropics is highly limited. As a layman, research is important, searching through forums and people's experiences. For me, nootropics is part of our species evolution, from the Piscean Age of drugs and judgments, to the more subtle Age of the Aquarius and "energy based perception and universality". At this point, there is a slow growth of smart drug users, people who have moved on from drugs, or people looking to expand their potential without using the underground drug catalog. What I have noticed, is a personal interest still in psychedelics (LSD), yet a lack of intrigue and interest in empathogens (MDMA) Entactogens are a more applicable term.
"entactogen" is derived from the roots "en" (Greek: within), "tactus" (Latin: touch) and "gen" (Greek: produce)
So, I am concerned with real time effects of nootropics, and particularly Modafinil at this point. Modafinil (known as daffy's on the street) are popular among students. Mind enhancers, self development and working with one's optimum self, are all part healthy living, and so far the research shows that nootropics are relatively safe, although after 42 years, we are still in the early stages of knowing long term effects of brain food...
Nootropics (/noʊ.əˈtrɒpɨks/ noh-ə-trop-iks), also referred to as smart drugs, memory enhancers, neuro enhancers, cognitive enhancers, and intelligence enhancers, are drugs, supplements, nutraceuticals, and functional foods that improve one or more aspects of mental function, such as working memory, motivation, and attention.[1][2] The word nootropic was coined in 1972 by the Romanian Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea,[3][4] derived from the Greek words νους nous, or "mind," and τρέπειν trepein meaning to bend or turn.
I can categorically state that modafinil works, and I am still experimenting, the music I am making is of a higher quality, I am writing more and producing prose easily. The basic rundown of my life is leveling out and things that have been needed to be sorted just get down (even simple things like sewing a pocket hole that had been ripped for months). One just knows what to do, and does it...
It has been hailed as the "miracle drug" and I recommend a quality diet during use, investigating and researching superfoods, and of course, as the movie "Limitless" clearly states "know your limits".

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