Is 200mg per day the best dose?
What is Modafinil?
You probably already know what it is, but it still wouldn’t hurt to tell the general information about this medication. Long story short, Modafinil (or Provigil, it’s a brand name while Modafinil is the name of an active substance) is a nootropic that helps patients to improve memory and cognitive functions. Taking Modafinil helps to focus longer, to improve mood, to boost energy. This medication is also very good for those who have problems with sleep — it was originally designed to treat such disorders. Modafinil helps people with such sleep problems as sleep apnea (pauses in breathing when a person is sleeping), sleep attacks and narcolepsy (that means excessive sleepiness). It’s without a doubt one of the best nootropics, and it has one more advantage — you will not only improve your performance but also lose weight with this medication. Moreover, Modafinil would be a useful remedy for those who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia even. Provigil is also called a “study drug”, because it’s extremely good for students when they have their exam weeks. What could be better for a student than to sleep less, to be motivated and to remember more?
It’s an eugeroic, which means a medication that promotes wakefulness. The mechanism of action is still unknown, but we know that this medication influences the level of dopamine. Dopamine is a brain chemical, responsible for motivation, attention and some other things — that’s why by increasing the level of it, Modafinil makes you extremely motivated, focused and very alert.
Of course, due to the fact that this drug influences your brain chemicals, it’s not so simple to buy it. In order to do this, you should go to your doctor and get a prescription, because it’s a prescription-only remedy. You have to be supervised by your doctor not only during the period you take Modafinil, but even after it. That should be done because this medication can be very helpful — but not everyone should use it.
For example, people who have something from the following list, should avoid taking Modafinil or take a lower dose. This list contains:
- People who have allergic reactions to any of the components of this medication (Modafinil, Crospovidone, Lactose Monohydrate, etc.);
- People with arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat;
- People with hypertension (this means very high blood pressure);
- Patients with liver or kidney problems (that’s because Modafinil can sometimes overload the liver, and while a healthy liver can cope with it, the unhealthy one can’t);
- Drug or alcohol addicts;
- People with such mental disorders as psychosis, different manias, etc. (Modafinil can worsen these conditions).
There are also some possible side effects, but they are very rare and not too serious. Despite this, you still have to call your doctor if you feel anything from these:
- Difficulties with breathing (this side effect is probably the most rare one);
- Skin rash;
- Chest pain;
- Dry mouth, etc.
OK, this is clear. How to take Modafinil?
The best way to take Modafinil is by mouth, of course. If you think it’s not necessary to mention, it is. Lots of people try to take this drug in other ways, such as snorting. We don’t recommend you to do it, because the best way to take Provigil is to swallow a pill.
As for the pills — there are 50, 100 and 200 mg tablets. The most popular and the most common pill is a 200 mg one, and that’s because of some reasons. The first reason is that for the majority of disorders and diseases 200 mg is the correct daily dosage. Let’s see (this list will also help those who ask “how much Modafinil should I take”:
- Patients with narcolepsy usually take 200 mg of Modafinil once a day. Such a dose helps to improve wakefulness and to perform better from the early morning. By the way, excessive sleepiness is the most common disorder Modafinil is usually prescribed for.
- Patients with sleep apnea or hypopnea (the latter is for shallow breathing at night) should also take 200 mg of Provigil in the morning. Such amount of Modafinil helps to improve wakefulness and to cope with breathing problems at night.
- Shift work disorder, which is another common problem, is usually cured by 200 mg of Modafinil once a day. The only difference is, due to the special characteristics of the disorder, patients shouldn’t take a pill in the morning. They usually take it about an hour before the work.
So, as you see, 200 milligrams of Modafinil are enough to get all the pluses of the drug with no risks. But you should understand that the doses, mentioned before, are relevant for patients over 18 years of age, because it’s not recommended for those who are younger than 18 to take Modafinil. Of course, if you have any problems with liver, kidneys or mental problems, the doses should be lower (or, maybe, your doctor will tell you to avoid taking this medication at all). People with such problems can also take Modafinil (100mg or 200mg), but they should be supervised by a doctor and be very careful with this drug.
Elderly patients (despite there is almost no data about it) should also take lower doses. Modafinil (100mg or 200mg) can be prescribed to them, but they also should be very careful.
For healthy patients, 200 mg of this nootropic is usually enough. Such doses allow to get all the advantages of the medication without risk of overdosing and health problems. Although, even healthy patients shouldn’t take Modafinil (100mg or 200mg, it doesn’t matter) for a very long time. No clinical trials were done but there is a risk of tolerance and addiction for those who use Modafinil in long-term. At the first sign of overdosing or tolerance developing, please, tell your doctor immediately! And don’t try to stop taking this medication suddenly — the consequences can be unpleasant.
Of course, people are unique and our bodies are unique, too. Sometimes people try Modafinil and realize that even 200 mg Modafinil is not working. The reasons are different — it could be fake pills, your body could develop tolerance and you need more (in this case you shouldn’t increase the dose), your body might need some time to get used to a new medication, or maybe it just wasn’t enough for you to feel the effects. If you don’t feel the positive effects, you should talk to your doctor about it — he will change the medicine or increase the dose. Many people take 400 and even 800mg of Modafinil per day without any problems, and maybe you’re one of them.
To make a conclusion, let’s talk about how to take Provigil in details.
Here are some tips to make your time with Modafinil better. We hope they will help:
Take 200mg of Modafinil (unless your doctor told you something else). It’s the best dose both for the beginners and for the experienced users of this drug.
If it’s your first time, you will probably sit and wait when it starts working. The problem is that Modafinil doesn’t act so. For the majority of patients the point when Modafinil starts working is almost unnoticeable. Just do your job and in a few hours you’ll understand that your work for today is already done. Really cool feeling.
If you don’t want to suffer from headache (and we are sure you don’t want to), we highly recommend you to drink water. Modafinil is a diuretic, and diuretics are often called “water pills”. Get it? Modafinil increases the volume of urine produced by your body (you will most likely notice it), and it leads to dehydration. Dehydration, in turn, is one of the most common reasons of headaches — that’s why you have to replenish the water in your body. It would be nice if you add some salt to the water you drink — that’s because diuretics excrete not only water from the body, but also salt.
Eat! If you are a beginner, you should also know that Modafinil can work as an appetite suppresser. It’s a good thing if you want to lose weight, but, well, let’s be honest — it’s not what Modafinil should be used for. You can easily forget about food during the day, because Provigil doesn’t let the signals from your stomach reach your brain. Here is the main problem — diet is good, but starvation isn’t. Moreover, Modafinil makes your brain work faster, and that means your body burns calories faster, too! Even if you don’t want to eat — force yourself to do it.
This one is important for all kinds of patients except those who have shift work disorder. We highly recommend you to take Modafinil at early morning. The reason is simple — this medication has a half-life of 12 or 14 hours, so if you take it in the late afternoon, you will have problems with sleep in the evening. In order not to stay wide awake during the night, take Modafinil in the morning. In this case, the effect of the drug will end till the late evening.
It’s related to the previous point, but it’s important, too. When you use Modafinil, you feel that the night isn’t an obstacle for you. You feel that you can sit and work during the night and then take one more pill and go to work. And, well, you really can — it’s not a problem for Modafinil to keep you awake and alert for such a long time. But, this can be a real problem for your body — you will definitely feel exhausted after such a night. We recommend you not to do such things, unless you really have to. In this case, restore your sleep schedule — the sooner the better.
Caffeine isn’t always a good thing. It’s good when you need to go to work in the morning, but it’s not always good if you use Modafinil. Don’t stop drinking coffee (especially if you do really like it), just reduce the number of cups you drink every day. One more important thing is that caffeine together with Modafinil can lead to dehydration of your body even faster, so don’t forget to drink water. And, of course, don’t overdose caffeine if you take it with Modafinil — it can make you hyperactive.