Modafinil abuse and Modafinil addiction. Are these problems possible? Should you worry about them?
To answer these questions, we should at first provide a brief description of Modafinil. What is it? How it works?
Let’s just skip to the most important question. Is Provigil addictive? No, it isn’t. But we recommend you to read the following text in order to gain a better understanding of this medication. When you take it, you have to understand what’s going on with your body, brain and neurons — and this text will help you.
So, in order to answer the question “is Modafinil addictive or not, and why?”, it’s necessary to understand how Modafinil works, and what are the other possible dangers of it (such as Modafinil abuse, for example). Let’s start.
Modafinil (also Provigil — it’s a brand name while Modafinil is a name of the active substance) is a nootropic, a drug that treats narcolepsy, excessive sleepiness and other sleep problems. That’s what Modafinil is approved for, but it’s also widely used as a “smart drug”, a medication that improves memory, focus, motivation and cognitive functions at all. Such usage is off-label, but that is why Modafinil is very popular. Millions of people both in the USA and around the world take Modafinil to improve their cognitive functions — but it isn’t the only advantage of it.
The other reason why patients prefer Modafinil is that it can also improve your mood and can help those who want to lose weight (although it’s not recommended to take it for these purposes only). It’s still not clear how Modafinil works but what we know is that it makes a brain work faster and better by increasing the concentration of dopamine (a chemical, responsible for motivation, memory, focus, etc.) in the brain. It blocks the transporters of this brain chemical in order to increase the level of it. And it really works!
But (and it’s natural, because the more popular a drug is, the more myths surround it) lots of patients are afraid of possible problems related to Modafinil use. Thus, the mechanism of action is almost similar to the mechanism of action of methamphetamine, but, unlike nootropics based on methamphetamine, Modafinil addiction is a very, very rare thing. Moreover, the possibility of Modafinil addiction is low enough not to occur at all, but we’ll still tell you about it. Forewarned is forearmed, isn’t it?
So, what are the possible side effects? Is Provigil addictive? What about Provigil abuse?
But before we’ll explain you everything we know about Modafinil dependence, let’s talk about some more common (and less dangerous) problems that can occur — such as side effects.
Side effects of this smart drug are not dangerous (except very rare problems with breathing), and they are very few. A very small percentage of the patients have ever felt them, but we are sure you still have to know about these effects. So, among them are:
- Problems with breathing, mentioned before. Very few patients had this problem.
- The most common side effect (of course, if it’s possible to say “common” about such a rare problem).
- This effect is relatively common, but you will most likely not feel it.
- Back pain. Rare side effect.
- Another rare effects, like depression, nausea, vomiting, etc.
And let’s finally talk about the Provigil abuse. So, what about the possibility of Provigil drug abuse?
Long story short, the Modafinil’s potential for abuse is extremely low. Series of studies were held (animal studies, of course), and they showed that it’s very unlikely that patients can become addict to this medication. So, although “is Modafinil addictive” is a very popular question, the answer is no. Millions of people take this drug, and there was only one case of Modafinil dependence — you can calculate the probability of addiction by yourself. Hint — it’s about zero.
The other important thing for those who want to know is Provigil addictive or not is that it’s not only non-addictive but even better! Modafinil does not just have low abuse and dependence potential, it’s also often used as a treatment for those who suffer from amphetamine or cocaine addiction! There were clinical trials that showed the efficiency of Modafinil in the treatment of such addictions, and that’s why all the fears about similarity of Modafinil to methamphetamines are really nonsense.
Other problems than addiction. What about tolerance?
The main problem of those who become addicted to some drugs (not just Modafinil, but all nootropics and stimulants) is that people don’t use drugs properly. This problem is relevant to Modafinil, too — as we’ve said, the possibility to become addict to it is about zero, but tolerance can be developed if you use it improperly, exceed your dose or if your purpose is to get high. We don’t recommend to use Modafinil for other purposes than it should be used — you will most likely not become an addict, but your body can develop a tolerance to this medication in such case.