What are the long term effects or Modafinil? Are there any Modafinil long term side effects?
Here is a short description of this medication.
We understand that some of our readers do already know what Modafinil is and how it works, but we also understand that the others don’t. However, it’s very important to understand how a drug influences your organism, how it works and why does it act this way and not another. It’s important to know all these things because that’s how you can fully understand what’s going on in your body and brain after you swallow a pill of Modafinil — and this knowledge can help in understanding the effects of this medication, both positive effects and side effects (if they occur, of course), and your body’s reaction to that pill.
It’s a very popular pill. If you know at least five college or university students, you can be almost sure that one of them has at least tried Modafinil — and this percentage wouldn’t change too much if you take workers, businessmen, soldiers etc. It’s a really popular nootropic. And, as you know, no things become so popular without a reason. Modafinil has some good reasons for its huge popularity over the world (not only the United States).
The first reason is that this medication is very good for its original purpose — treating sleep disorders. It deals easily with excessive sleepiness, narcolepsy, sleep problems caused by night or rotating work shifts (so-called shift work sleep disorder), etc. It’s an eugeroic drug and it works perfect as a wakefulness agent. Modafinil lets patients get enough sleep, corrects sleep cycles and helps people to wake up in the morning.
The second reason is that Modafinil is very good when used off-label. It wasn’t originally designed for such purposes, but it turned out that it’s a very cool smart drug and nootropic. It’s closely tied with the previous point — this medication helps a patient to stay awake and alert, using the mechanism that also makes the patient’s brain work faster and better. By increasing the level of dopamine in a brain, Modafinil helps to improve motivation and makes a patient more focused. In simple words, it helps your brain to work — you can think faster, do more and make better and faster decisions. Modafinil (it’s also called Provigil, and Provigil is a brand name) can also improve your mood and help patients to lose weight even! Although it’s not recommended to take Modafinil for those who only want to lose weight, one can’t deny that the diversity of its effects amazes.
Although it’s close to ideal, there are no ideal medications. And of course there are no ideal medications that work with the brain chemicals! All such drugs have different side effects, most of them are addictive and almost all of them can’t be used for a long time. Let’s look at these possible problems and consider whether Modafinil is the best or no (spoiler: it truly is).
So, let’s just go over these questions and then get down to the heart of the matter — to the discussions on long term effects of Modafinil.
The side effects of the majority of nootropics and smart (they are also called study) drugs are usually very serious. Among the most common are depression, anxiety, serotonin syndrome, heart problems, blood pressure problems, etc. Modafinil, for its part, is known because its side effects are very rare. The most common one is a mild headache, but this one is usually easily fixed by some glasses of water — that’s because the reason of this side effect is dehydration, and water can help here. The other possible side effects of Modafinil (such as dizziness and nausea) are so uncommon that your chances to get any of these are about zero.
Talking about addiction caused by nootropics, we should say that there is a significant difference between Modafinil and other popular smart drugs. Although the mechanism of Modafinil’s action is not known yet, lots of feedbacks, reports, comments and clinical trials show that the possibility of addiction to Modafinil is even lower than the possibility to get side effects! Other nootropics (like popular Adderall) can be addictive, and they actually are, because they contain amphetamine salts.
But enough with it. What do we know about the long term effects or Provigil?
If you don’t have enough time to read the following text, we’ll tell you that there are actually no Provigil long term side effects. But, if you have time, read the following text in which we explain, why is it so.
The question that interests people most is if any clinical trials on the long term effects of Provigil have ever been held. The answer is (as we know) no, but what else you have to know is that lots of people use Modafinil for a long time, despite it’s a relatively new drug. And, according to the millions of feedbacks, while the short term side effects are rare and not very serious, the situation differs for Provigil long term side effects. They just don’t exist at all!
One of the reasons is the way how Provigil effects on the brain. Its effects are strong, but they are natural — you don’t become addicted to these increased dopamine concentrations because no gross interference in the complex reward system is done. Provigil acts naturally, and your brain doesn’t forget how to produce dopamine because of this medication — so you will most likely feel no withdrawal effects and addiction problems if you use it for a very long time even.
Lots of patients, interested in Modafinil side effects in long term are often afraid of brain problems. This myth is not based on any scientific facts, so it’s difficult to ruin it even! The fact is: Modafinil and brain damage have nothing in common; this drug doesn’t damage your brain so no such problems can appear. We’ve just said that it’s a new drug, but look — people have been taking it since 1990. Taking into account the very careful attention doctors, patients and FDA pay to new drugs, you can be sure — if Modafinil was dangerous, we would know about it. Ok, let’s forget that we are talking about the Modafinil side effects in long term — there are very, very few cases of serious side effects of this medication in short term even, so you may doubt it but the safety of Modafinil is an undeniable fact. It’s the safest smart drug that doesn’t damage your brain and body. An ideal nootropic?