09 Aug How to increase the effects Modafinil | 10 Quick Tips and Tricks?
Modafinil is a smart drug which promotes wakefulness and other cognitive functions but before using medicine effect of Modafinil it one must be aware of the dos and don’ts while on this drug to obtain maximum benefits.
In this article we will be providing you with a guide to enhance the benefits while using the drug wisely.
The guide is completely based on my personal experience, which changes with every individual. So, its always good to have a guide to try and experiment and then decide what works best for yourself.
Before going through the tips and tricks make sure to read through the uses and side effects of modafinil below.
Uses of Modafinil
Modafinil is not a classical psychostimulant and was primarily prescribed for the treatment of:
-obstructive sleep apnea
-shift work sleep order
It has also been proved to be effective in reducing fatigue, drowsiness and tiredness in conditions such as cancer, depression and multiple sclerosis.
Modafinil is instrumental in several cognitive functions like:
- Sharpening memory
- Improving focus and alertness
- Intensifying motivation
- Minimising fatigue
Because it stimulates wakefulness it has been used off label by professionals of various fields like day traders, entrepreneurs, astronauts, military personnel and the list goes on.
Side effects of Modafinil
When compared to other nootropics modafinil can be labelled as a safe and well tolerated drug. No potential risk has been associated with long term use of the drug till date. Some mild side effects may be observed in people introduced to the drug. Common Symptoms may look like
- Fluctuating BP
Some of the severe side effects which is less commonly noticed includes:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Bruising and bleeding
- Severe skin rashes
Having said that the side effects are nearly non-existent in users (i.e., Only about 17% of the users get affected)
Only if any such effect occurs that is mainly due to overdose or wrong timing of drug ingestion. No deaths from modafinil overdose have been recorded ever.
How to extract maximum benefits from modafinil?
Eager to know the tricks?
Here’s few tips that helped us in our modafinil regime.
Let’s check out:
1. Wake up early in the morning
It is advised to take modafinil within 6 A.M or as soon as you wake up because the half-life of modafinil is 10 to 12 hrs and in some cases goes up to 15 hrs. So, if it’s not taken early it will be difficult to fall asleep in the night.
Also, early mornings mind is fresh and you are more productive and you feel energized the entire day.
2. Eat well nutritious food
One very important tip is to have your meals timely and at the fixed time of the day. Modafinil is known to suppress appetite so you may not feel hungry at your regular time but you have to remind yourself to eat your food because skipping meals can cause side effects like nausea and headache.
Also, it’s always good to skip junk and be on healthy nutritious food because junk can have negative effects like slowing you down which you don’t want while being on the smart drugs.
3. Keep yourself well hydrated
Proper hydration is extremely important when you are on any kind of medicine. For modafinil it is the best way to avoid any kind of side effects.
You might even want to put a reminder in your phone after every while for taking that needful sip of water. You might not even realize you have not drunk enough for the day and suddenly your mouth becomes dry and you are dehydrated followed by headache and nausea. Leave aside wakefulness and productivity you will be sick for the day. So, drink a lot of water!
4. Choose the right dose for you
Ideally 100-200mg of effect of Modafinil should be good for an individual. It is better to start with lower dosage then increase the dose to 200mg eventually. Being said that, we are no medical experts here, this is just what we experienced ourselves. It’s always better to consult your doctor if you can.
Increasing the dose to 300 may give you very few more benefits. So according to me moderate dosage is what works best.
5. Avoid using modafinil frequently to prevent drug tolerance
Taking modafinil daily is not a very wise option. Experts suggest 1-3 days of dosage a week is what will give most benefit. Although modafinil is not an addictive drug but taking it daily may build up drug tolerance. If taken daily within a couple of weeks you might notice the effects of the drug getting milder. So, it’s better if you go by alternate days in a week or less.
6. Avoid heavy work out
When on this smart drug it is advisable to skip the gym because you don’t feel the fatigue or exhaustion which makes you believe you can go about an extra mile. In doing so firstly you will overtire your body and you might feel joint pain and body ache once the effect wears out. Secondly, excessive work out means you will be even more dehydrated. As it is, modafinil requires more water intake than normal. Working out may dehydrate you completely causing the side effects to appear.
7. Don’t mix with alcohol
Mixing modafinil with alcohol is a strict no-no. Firstly the whole purpose of taking modafinil is to be productive whereas alcohol works in a completely contradicting manner. It is meant for relaxation and enjoyment. Secondly, alcohol and modafinil together is harmful for your liver. Prescription drugs do not mix well with booze and modafinil is no different.
8. Take caffeine in moderate amount with modafinil
Caffeine is known to complement well with smart drugs. Coffee is also an excellent performance booster. 1-2 cups of coffee a day with modafinil can significantly improve your productivity. Being said that everything in moderation is good for you and anything in excess is bad.
9. Divide your dose throughout the day
We have experienced that modafinil dose when split through the day can give you wonder effects. You can either split into 4 or 2 depending on your need. You could take one part post breakfast and one post lunch if you go by ½ in that way your energy is evenly distributed throughout the day.
10. Do not mix modafinil with any other smart drugs
It is not okay to take modafinil with any other nootropics because that is unhealthy and might lead to severe complications. It is also a waste to combine a nootropic with modafinil because modafinil alone can yield benefits that can last about 15 hours.