The Beginner’s Guide to Modafinil

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By nature, humans are lazy and tend to procrastinate on important things. As a college student this is all too familiar to me. It took me a long time to instill good work habits but still many of us feel like we could be doing more.

That’s where Modafinil comes in. Many describe it as the closest thing in our world to the drug NZT-48 from the movie Limitless. Modafinil kicks drugs like Adderall, Vyvanse and caffeine to the curb.

Let’s face it, Adderall is a legal version of meth and sometimes coffee doesn’t cut it.

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What is Modafinil?

Even though Modafinil is pretty new to most people, it has been around in the Nootropics community for many years. For those unaware, nootropics are a class of drugs that are usually referred to as “smart drugs”. This means they enhance cognitive functions for increases in focus, concentration, memory and more. Sounds great right? Well as it turns out most substances out there such as piracetam and noopept are usually a hit or miss. Many people report feeling nothing or small enhancements.

Modafinil is by far the best and most powerful nootropic currently available.

This amazing drug works to provide relief from such disorders such as Narcolepsy, shift work sleep disorder and even sleep apnea. This may sound intimidating and scary but its not. The purpose of the drug is to keep those people awake during the day so that they can sleep at night.

How Does Modafinil Help My Productivity?

This drug does great things for people that have narcolepsy. A friend of mine uses the prescription version of this drug, Provigil for his narcolepsy.

When people started taking it they found that an unexpected side effect is that it increases motivation and focus. In other words, the makers had unintentionally struck a productivity and bio-hacking goldmine.

Once people noticed this they started telling other people and they found out about the amazing effects for themselves. This unexpected wonder drug became a staple in industries such as the medical field, the army and even Silicon Valley. Places where humans needed to push the limits of the human body to do their jobs and gain a competitive advantage.

A surgeon performing open heart surgery doesn’t have any room for failure and fatigue is no excuse. Modafinil gives them an edge when they need it.

Up until the last couple of years it remained an industry secret but now it has become mainstream and is gaining in popularity. Now the users include college students and regular people that want to gain an edge in life.

Is Modafinil Safe?

In my experience, everything that sounds too good to be true usually is. If I had to make one exception to that statement,I would say this is one.

Over the years I have taken lots of other nootropics, supplements and other substances including some strange research chemicals from Russia. I can assure you that Modafinil is the one of the safest and has a decent amount of research backing it.

A 2007 article published in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment stated that the exact intracellular mechanisms are unknown. We know for sure that Modafinil directly stimulates levels of Histamine (produced as an immune response) as well as dopamine, norepinephrine, GABA, glutamate and also serotonin. In simpler terms, it acts on your brain to release chemicals that counter the effects of fatigue and provide the feeling of energy and focus.

Other studies have even mentioned that it has antioxidative effects and even possible neuroprotective properties. This is preliminary and more research needs to be conducted.

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What Does It Feel Like?

I’m currently on it as I’m writing this so I want to describe how it feels.

I didn’t get a full night’s sleep last night but right now I feel alert and awake. I have a full day of work and classes ahead of me, but I am in the zone and nothing else matters right now.

It is much easier to enter that elusive flow state. The one where it feels like it is just you and the work you are doing. Everything around you gets drowned out. I would almost describe it as being in a tunnel.

All you see ahead is the work and there is nowhere else to go. Tedious, repetitive tasks that I usually procrastinate on become easy and I breeze through them.

I just don’t think twice about anything, I just do it.

The concentration aspect is almost insane. I consider myself a productive person but I have never experienced anything similar to how I feel when taking this. Working becomes blissful and time flies by. It is truly a game changer.

Ok, I’m sold. Where can I get some?

Usually one needs a prescription to get a hold of these drugs but it is currently possible to order the generic versions from reputable Indian Pharmaceutical companies.

I can assure you I have only had positive experiences ordering from these companies.

While there is a slightly larger risk than attaining it through legal means it is well worth it. After all the research I did before ordering I only found a couple isolated examples of bad batches.

I make sure everything I buy is the best so after researching many different suppliers I finally settled on ModafinilCat.

Unfortunately, they have recently closed down but have suggested two more suppliers to purchase from, AfinilExpress and DuckDose.

Furthermore they claim they are on par, if not better than their own service.

If you would like to learn more about these suppliers, we have already reviewed DuckDose as well as AfinilExpress.

Modalert vs Modvigil: Which Modafinil Brand to Choose

If you’ve been any supplier’s website you might have noticed that there are 4 types of different products to order.

Currently most suppliers source their Modafinil from SUN Pharma and HAB Pharma. Both are pharmaceutical companies in India but there is a difference between the two:

  • SUN Pharma is currently one of the largest Pharmaceutical companies in the world whereas HAB Pharma has been around since the 1980’s but they are a lot smaller.
  • Everyone trusts SUN Pharma as they are a worldwide company, but since HAB Pharma is smaller they are a lot cheaper.
  • The Sun Pharma version of modafinil, Modalert 200, supposedly works better than the HAB pharma version of modafinil, Modvigil. Others people claim that they both work the same.

My recommendation is to try both and see which one works best for you. Both vendors offer a sample pack which comes with all the different variations.

You may have also seen the other product that each company sells, Armodafinil. For now I suggest that everyone start with Modafinil since it is not as strong as Armodafinil. I will be doing a comparison of the two in the future.

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Modafinil Dose

Once I received my Modafinil in the mail I was beyond excited to try it. However, after all the research I knew that there are certain guidelines and rules to follow to properly dose this drug.

Each pill of Modalert 200 or Modvigil is 200mg. People on the internet usually recommend 100mg to start. I am always cautious, having had bad experiences dosing other substances and I went with 50mg. If you don’t feel anything with 50mg after an hour or two you can take another 50mg and see if that works. If that doesn’t work you can always step it up to 100mg another day.

Modafinil has a half life of 15 hours. This means that after about 15 hours there is about half of the dose you took left in your bloodstream. Though the effects will most likely fade away long before this.

Knowing this, it is important to take Modafinil as early as possible in the morning. I personally have never had a problem sleeping at night after taking it but some people might respond different.

On a day that I take it, I will try to take it sometime between 7:30 – 8:30 am with 9 am being the absolute latest. I also make sure I have a to-do list for that day so that I don’t get laser focused on something else.

Others have recommended setting your alarm 30 minutes earlier than usual, taking it and then falling back to sleep. This way by the time you wake up it will have taken effect. This is commonly done with caffeine and while I haven’t personally tried it yet, it seems very plausible

Either way it is important to take it on an empty stomach in order to get the full effects. Another thing you can do is place it under your tongue and let it dissolve a little bit before swallowing it. It tastes pretty strange, but taking it sublingually (under the tongue) is a good way to get it into your bloodstream faster. It is also a common technique used with other nootropics.

Modafinil Side-Effects

If you follow the guidelines I previously mentioned you should be fine. However, it is important that I write these anyway to warn people of the dangers of improper dosing.

Normally there are three types of responses people have to this drug:

  • Standard responder – The drug works as described
  • Non Responder – The drug does nothing
  • Sensitive Responder – The drug has stronger effects at a normal dose.

This is why I think it is important to start with a lower dose than normal. Non responders and sensitive responders are in the minority of users there is still a possibility.

Here are the possible side effects someone might experience if they take too much or are a sensitive responder:


  • Headache
  • Appetite suppression
  • Slight dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Dehydration


  • Fever
  • Migraine
  • Depression
  • Irregular / elevated heartbeat
  • Hallucinations

Don’t expect to ever encounter the major side effects if you are properly dosing. As with any powerful substance there are possibilities of negative side effects so it is important to be safe.

To alleviate most of the common side effects stay well hydrated and making sure you remember to eat healthy, whole foods.

Closing Thoughts

Modafinil is a powerful substance and I do not recommend taking it full time. To me, it is nothing more than a slight edge on certain days. I know I can be productive on my own, but taking Modafinil simply guarantees it.

I try to limit myself to twice a week, maybe three times if it is a busy week. This prevents tolerance and keeps me sane. It is easy to get used to the wonderful effects but like with any other drug it is important to maintain a balance in life.

Becoming reliant on drugs to study and work is the fastest way to lose all these skills when sober. To get the most out of life you must develop these skills on your own and supplement when needed. Using a drug as a crutch is not something sustainable and I do not recommend it.

If Modafinil works for you I guarantee it will improve your life in some way, even if it is small.

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    Using Modafinil daily for 6 months and I have to highlight the efficiency of taking it sublingual. It will work after you have build a tolerance (It took me 1 month to come to that tolerance).

    I was really surprised and happy that it worked again and I have already blasted 230 hours of work this month without fatigue.

    If you want to get serious money and don’t use Modafinil you are simply a retard.

    Best Regards,
    Philip Braselmann