16 Aug Can you take modafinil every day?
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Although take Modafinil is a well-tolerated and safe drug, but there are certain side effects and precautions that you should be aware of like modafinil is not appropriate for few groups of people like- pregnant women, children, older adults, people on medication, people with different ailments like liver damage, hypertension, cardiac issues and people on different medications that could interact with modafinil.
In this article we will discuss the uses, side effects and appropriate dosage of modafinil and whether to take the smart drug every day?
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 safe is it to take modafinil every day?
Research studies prove that people with chronic diseases like sleep disorder took normal doses of modafinil every day for 3 weeks and were absolutely fine.
But we don’t recommend it for off-label users. You can take it everyday if your doctor prescribed it to you for diseases like narcolepsy or sleep apnea but if you are taking modafinil for cognitive enhancing functions maximum thrice a week on alternate days will render sufficient benefits.
Even if you can take modafinil everyday safely you shouldn’t opt for that. It’s good to keep a balance in such matters and anything in excessive amounts will do no good to your body. As the saying goes ‘less is more’. If taken in moderate amounts you will be able to sustain the benefits for a longer time in life. It will also prevent building up drug tolerance which forces individuals to take more to feel any effect.
Individuals must understand the difference between ‘use’ and ‘abuse’. Using modafinil wisely in a safe effective manner can help us achieve long lasting effects. In fact 1-2 times of popping a pill in a week is more than enough for me to get through things while staying fully motivated and focused.
Hope you find this article helpful in having a good experience with smart drugs.