Modafinil – the King of nootropics … or is it?
I’m pretty sure you are not here to find out what Modafinil is. You can read that on Wikipedia. Instead, you are looking for a user experience.
You don’t care THAT much about what science says about Modafinil, but want to know if it ACTUAL works – and how!
Today, I’ll cover my experience using 2 different generic brands of Modafinil.
Both were ordered online and came in the 200mg per tablet version.
I still remember the day I received my first delivery. Saturday morning.
I was thrilled. Finally!
And I couldn’t wait to give it a test run. But I knew couldn’t go for a real test run just yet because any time I’m testing a new drug/nootropic, I will only try a fraction of the recommended dosage first to make sure I don’t have an allergic reaction.
This is especially important with powerful substances such as Modafinil.
So, I consumed something like 20mg of Modafinil the day I received the delivery … and then a few days later I was ready for the full throttle 200mg Modafinil dosage.
My First Modafinil 200mg Dosage
I wanted to err on the side of caution and decide to wait 2 hours after my last meal – then I popped the pill, gulped it down with a glass of water.
… and nothing happened.
I couldn’t even tell that I had taken anything. Immediately, I thought the product was bunk. Perhaps a bad batch?
I went online searching for “modafinil not working” and ended up on Reddit where I found a few people with the exact same problem. Just like myself, they had taken Modafinil and noticed absolutely no effects.
Where was all the proclaimed brain power? Working laser-focused like a machine for hours on end?
All just bullshit and hype?
I didn’t know what to think, but wasn’t about to give up just yet.
Whenever I try something like Modafinil (or any supplement/nootropic for that matter), I will test different dosages several times before concluding it’s not for me or that I don’t respond well to it.
Modafinil Doesn’t Work …
I think it took more than 5 trials until it finally worked.
I had tried a bunch of things:
- Taking it first thing in the morning.
- Combining Modafinil and caffeine/coffee.
- Drinking lots of water & making sure I’m well-hydrated.
- Taking Modafinil on an empty stomach.
None of it made one tiny bit of a difference.
The problem? Hype.
- I was waiting for Modafinil to hit me like a freight train.
- I was waiting to transform into that productivity machine.
It didn’t happen. Not because Modafinil didn’t work but because I was looking for crazy, over-the-top mental effects to kick in and that’s not how Modafinil works. Not at all …
In fact, Modafinil is subtle – much like caffeine.
Modafinil is a stimulant, but don’t expect crazy energy, to get high or reach an altered state of consciousness.
The Night I Worked For 9 Hours Straight
I’m not kidding. 9 hours straight, plus 2 five minute toilet breaks.
That night I couldn’t sleep & decided to do a little Modafinil experiment.
I wanted to see if the mental state I was in BEFORE taking Modafinil would have any impact on the effectiveness of the drug.
I decided to do something where I would had to focus: read a book. I read for half an hour and then popped 200mg Modafinil. Then I read some more for 20 minutes or so.
Then I switched over to the computer and started to work.
I worked … and worked … and worked. Then I stopped.
It was early morning already & time to head to the gym.
So, What was Modafinil Like?
Imagine the boost & focus you get from caffeine – only that you don’t get mentally tired or distracted. That focus/ease of continuing a task lasts for hours on end.
Even when I was already at the gym 9+ hours later, I still had that focus while working out.
The work I was doing was writing a video script & then editing the video.
Mostly creative work and for that Modafinil worked pretty well. Many say otherwise that Modafinil isn’t any good for doing creative work … well, it worked for me.
The key here is that you can’t expect any drugs/nootropic to work for you right away. That’s mainly because you will probably have read about what it’s like online and filter your perception through that lens while in reality the effects are slightly different for each person and often times very subtle.
What I also noticed was that I found it almost impossible to think negatively. This might be due to Modafinil’s effects on dopamine.
I did NOT experience a Modafinil crash (much like the caffeine crash).
Modafinil Side Effects
None that I have personally noticed during or after consumption.
A few times I decided to combine Modafinil and caffeine and that’s when I thought that subjectively-speaking my blood pressure went up. I definitely felt a stronger heart beat.
I did some research and it seems as if Modafinil blood pressure issues are well know. Modafinil will raise your blood pressure (even if only temporarily).
Where To Buy Modafinil
The best & safest option will always be getting a Modafinil prescription from your doctor. As is the case with any drug or supplement, there are side effects and you won’t know how your body reacts to it.
Before I ordered Modafinil online, I did quite a bit of research – mostly by reading Modafinil reviews on Reddit. There are plenty of vendors out there & honestly, I think there isn’t much of a difference in terms of quality and costs.
Most vendors ship worldwide. Most Modafinil vendors accept anonymous payments methods such as Bitcoin.
Modafinil is the drug name and there are a number of companies producing generics, the most popular ones are:
I’ve used both Modvigil & Modalert. I didn’t notice a different between the two.
It does work – and powerfully so. Would I use Modafinil everyday? No, definitely not. While most online resources claim that it’s safe, common sense suggests that a drug this powerful can’t be without side effects.
I’m not sure what they are but there is no such thing as a free lunch.
Does that mean I’m against Modafinil?
Certainly not, I still use it regularly whenever I need to get something important done. Perhaps once or twice a month.