Is it possible and why? What to do if you overdose with Modafinil?
How does Modafinil work?
This medication is well-known and very popular. Designed as an eugeroic drug (wakefulness-promoting agent), it has gained its huge popularity as a “smart drug” (“study drug”). Although we still don’t know how exactly this medication works, we know that it increases the amount of such chemical as dopamine in the brain. What you have to know is that dopamine is the main part of the reward system, and it’s also responsible for such things as motivation, focus, as well as for memory and for cognitive functions. That’s how it actually works — Modafinil increases the dopamine concentration (natural way, not like some other popular nootropics), and you feel much more motivated, focused, your brain starts working faster and your mood improves. There are some other effects of this drug, like the possibility to suppress appetite (it can block signals your stomach sends to your brain when you’re hungry), but you shouldn’t take Modafinil if you only want to lose weight.
The main problems for those who take Modafinil. Overdose, side effects, addiction.
Modafinil is deservedly the best nootropic in the world (and one of the most popular smart drugs in the United States). It’s a very safe medication, and numerous clinical trials confirm this statement. There are very few and very rare side effects — thus, the most common one is a headache (not a severe one), caused by dehydration. It can be fixed with a glass of water, so that’s not very dangerous. Others and even more rare side effects are dizziness, dry mouth and back pain. The most dangerous side effect of Modafinil is breathing problems, but the chance for you to get it is about zero.
Talking about the possibility of addiction, one should not forget that, although Modafinil mechanism of action seems to be similar to cocaine and methamphetamine mechanisms, it isn’t addictive at all. Only one case of addiction was documented (for sixteen years!), so that’s not a thing you should worry about. Moreover, Modafinil is often used by those who want to end with cocaine and amphetamine addiction — and it really helps.
As for Provigil overdose (Provigil is a brand name of the drug, so Modafinil is the same as Provigil), you shouldn’t worry about it at all. Of course, every medication can cause the symptoms of overdosing. But, as for Modafinil, overdose is not usually dangerous, it is very rare and, what is more, unlike other popular smart drugs, Provigil overdose can’t cause any life-threatening effects. This fact is proven by clinical trials and researches — study subjects (volunteers) took 1000-4000mg per day while the average daily dose is 200mg. The results were amazing, because none of the volunteers felt significant side effects. The most dangerous effect they had was insomnia, anxiety, nausea and increased nervousness. Quite a good result for 20 daily doses, isn’t it?
That’s all about intentional (mostly) overdose of Modafinil. Intentional, because, well, we don’t have an idea how an adult patient can take 20 Modafinil pills instead of 1 unintentionally. As for the accidental overdose, there were cases of overdose in children younger than a year and 3 year old. What surprises is that these kids didn’t get Provigil overdose, too — and a 3 year old boy ingested 1000 mg! Children remained stable, and no serious problems were observed.
In order not to suffer from mild overdose effects even, we highly recommend not to exceed the dose your physician prescribed to you. We also recommend to store Modafinil away from children, because it’s not the best drug for them. Although overdose effects are not very dangerous, you still shouldn’t risk.