Modafinil is a wakefulness-promoting agent (or eugeroic). It is used for treatment of disorders such as narcolepsy, shift work sleep disorder, and excessive daytime sleepiness associated with obstructive sleep apnea. It has also seen widespread off-label use as a purported cognition-enhancing agent.
Focus and Productivity
The most notable effect of taking nootropic is the extreme focus and productivity it can bring to the user. Unlike Adderall or other ADHD medications, Modafinil can create a sense of focus without a speedy or manic feeling. The eugeroic properties of Modafinil keep the user awake and alert at their desk all day without fatigue. Though some users do couple it with a small amount of caffeine (the amount from a cup of coffee or two), the drug alone, can keep the user focused on work for 8-10 hours per day.
The focus achieved when on Modafinil gives a feeling of being able to “zoom in” on any topic, interest, report, etc. The user will find themselves digging deeper and deeper into a topic and becoming completely unaware of the outside world. This can be great when individual work needs to get done, but can wreak havoc on social or group work.
The caveat to Modafinil being billed as a productivity aid is that it makes you hyper-focused on whatever you set your attention to. That’s a great thing if you’re focused on the report that’s due this week and terrible if you’ve gone down a youtube rabbit hole.
Modafinil is first and foremost a drug that was created for narcolepsy. It was designed to keep people awake even when they are physically unable to do so themselves. When considered in moderation, this can have a very powerful impact on work and personal life. Working long hours with little sleep is more bearable when taking Modafinil, as are hours long car rides. However, staying awake until 3:00am on a Tuesday when you have an 8:00am meeting can lead to a vicious cycle of Modafinil dosing.
Take caution when dosing this nootropic and be aware of how long it will remain in your system.
Appetite and Hydration
Many users of Modafinil have noted that they experience a suppressed appetite when taking the nootropic. While this is common, and has been corroborated by the Nootrolist team, the degree to which appetite suppression is experienced varies. This appetite suppression likely comes as a result of the effect of Modafinil on the bodies dopamine receptors.
Hydration when supplementing with Modafinil is vital. Due to Modafinil’s extreme focusing effects remembering to drink water can be difficult. However, having fresh water in your system allows your body to move Modafinil through your body so that is can be used and disposed of properly. As there are no compounding effects of taking Modafinil over time, keeping your body hydrated is imperative.
Modafinil has been known to cause headaches in many users. This is because Modafinil crosses the blood-brain barrier and accelerates the use of acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine is a neurological chemical in your brain that control learning and memory. Your body creates acetylcholine naturally when you ingest a source of choline (milk, eggs, yogurt, etc.). Most normal diets do not include the level of choline necessary to support taking 200mg of Modafinil with any regularity.
When your body uses up it acetylcholine stores, you get a headache but avoiding this issue is straightforward. Try stacking 200mg of Modafinil with 300-400mg of a good choline source. Citicoline or Alpha-GPC can boost the amount of acetylcholine in your body and eliminate the onset of Modafinil related headaches.
Irritability and Lack of Creativity
Although there have been no scientific studies to determine the qualitative effects of this nootropic in healthy individuals, enough personal experience and anecdotal evidence has shown a simple truth. Users of Modafinil are fairly rude when taking Modafinil. This is due to the fact that this potent nootropic speeds up your brain and in turn, your world. You’ll find that you just don’t have the patience for the slow pokes in your office, the droning in meetings, and worse dealing with issues in your personal life.
Your individual results may vary, you may do a lot of independent work and you may find that the need to focus outweighs the need for patience. The most important thing to do when supplementing with a nootropic like Modafinil is to take time for occasional self reflection. Do this to ensure that you are maintain patience with those around you. It’s absolutely possible as long as you remain aware. Steamrolling friends and colleagues is no good for anyone.
As far as creativity, you will find that when taking this nootropic, you will prefer that a task is done or a that problem is solved over the elegant completion of the task or the finding a creative solution to the problem. This may suit your needs exactly, but again, frequent self checks should be done when taking Modafinil daily.
Mind Before Mouth
Again, with reference to another qualitative side effect of Modafinil, you may find that when in conversation or giving a presentation, Modafinil causes your mind to move much faster than your mouth. The result can be omission of key details and a sense that you’re scatterbrained. It’s our recommendation that your dosage be significantly decreased or skipped on days where presentations or public speaking are required.
Conclusions on Modafinil
Modafinil is a powerful, proven and potent nootropic. It has brought great cognitive enhancements to many people with relatively few side effects. When proper care is taken, this nootropic can absolutely become a key weapon in your nootropic arsenal. When extreme deadlines, detailed reports, or large volumes of work are on your plate, this nootropic can help you to power through the work with a unparalleled sense of motivation. As long as you stay mindful of the side effects outlined above, cycle off with regularity, and continually re-evaluate your reasons for taking nootropics, Modafinil can have profound impact on your life.