Disclaimer: The below article is a guestpost by Ash Sharman (A nootropic enthusiast, who has submitted a few more articles to be posted on the topics of nootropics to us) and thus are not the views of Track My Stack.
Provigil, popularly known by its generic name Modafinil, is a smart drug used for enhancing mental performance, reasoning and learning. It is used for improving wakefulness in adults. Many adults experience excessive sleepiness because of sleep apnea, shift work sleep disorder or narcolepsy.
Researchers are not sure how Modafinil promotes wakefulness. One hypothesis is that it may increase dopamine levels in the brain by obstructing the reuptake of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that regulates the chemical signals from one nerve cell to another. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this drug for the cure of narcolepsy in 1998. It also approved its use for shift work sleep disorder and obstructive sleep apnea in 2003.
Top Reasons for taking Provigil/Modafinil as a smart drug:
Provigil has been portrayed as a magic pill. When consumed, it makes a person feel more eloquent and better equipped to perform complex and demanding mental tasks. It is popularly used in college campuses and high-stress profession that requires focus and attention to details. This is why it is common to find it on Wallstreet (in Finance) or in a developer’s (Programmers) medicine cabinet. You will enjoy hours of unshakable concentration for up to 15 hours after taking a single dose of up to 200mg. However, it is no adderall, it will keep you from feeling tired/sleepy/groggy which will allow you to keep focused. As the “fame and excitement” of this smart wonder drug is on the rise, fears about its abuse, addiction and withdraw dangers also takes the central stage.
Some call Provigil a “Super Drug” as sometimes it is used for performance enhancement by military fighter pilots and soldiers during combat situations. It also enhances short-term memory allowing the users to remain awake for longer periods.
What are the key things you need to know about Provigil?
Provigil is a federally controlled drug and should be used as per the direction of a GP. You should store it in a safe place to prevent abuse or misuse. It is against the law to sell this drug to another person. The drug is not approved for use in children for any medical condition. And, it is still unknown whether it’s safe or works for children under the age of 17 or not. Individuals that show signs of sleep apnea use this drug in combination with other medical treatments.
Provigil can lead to grave side effects including a serious rash or an allergic reaction affecting your liver and blood cells. The side effects are life-threatening and require medical treatment. You must stop taking the drug immediately and seek medical help if you develop a skin rash, blisters, rashes, yellowing of the skin, dark urine or have trouble swallowing or breathing.
Basic dosages for Provigil
Provigil comes in two strengths, 100 mg and 200mg. It is generally taken during morning hours to prevent daytime sleepiness or one hour before the start of a work shift. If you consume too much Provigil, you will experience nausea, diarrhea, confusion and (obviously) have trouble sleeping.
Consequences of Provigil withdrawal
People who have used Provigil for the long term and stopped did not show any physical withdrawal issues. It is assumed Provigil gets its effect by releasing CNS histamines in the brain. These agents create targeted stimulation of neurotransmitters which causes Provigil’s effects of wakefulness and alertness. You may experience a headache with Provigil/Modafinil use which may require you to consume a lot more fluid/or food as your appetite may get suppressed without you noticing it. It could also be because your dose may be too high to start and other users have said choline/uridine MAY help. Everyone’s biology is different, stop use if the headaches don’t subside.
Ways to avoid Provigil abuse, addiction and withdrawal dangers
If you fear of any Provigil abuse, or have any history of substance abuse, it is good to take some other natural nootropics that present less issues. Keep in mind, Modafinil isn’t necessarily addictive per say. If you do start taking Modafinil consider using our platform as a medication tracker tool to make sure you have no negative interactions, your dosing correctly and to get general feedback from our users.
It is important to be little careful while using Provigil as some of its side effects can be very serious (even though they affect a very very small percentage of the population). It should not be used without prior consultation of doctor in any case if possible. Feel free to also browse around our site and explore stacks for nootropics to see what others are taking.