30 Nov

Maximizing Productivity on Modafinil

Modafinil’s main effect is increased focus and concentration, along with a touch of euphoria for many users. Those effects make modfafinil perfect for getting work done, whether you have an exam to study for or a deadline to meet. There are ways to make your modafinil day even more efficient, so let’s take a look at what you can do to maximize your productivity on modafinil.

Plan your day

If you’re going to take modafinil, chances are it’s because you have things to do. A normal light day doesn’t really call for a full dose. So before you take a pill, consider what you’re going to be doing. Set up a day where you can stay in one place, get your work done, and call it quits. Modafinil is great when you aren’t going to be disturbed, so you should try to find a space where you won’t be bothered to do your work. Decide in advance when you’ll stop for lunch or a break, because it’s easy to lose track of time when working on modafinil. It’s important to stay hydrated and keep eating as you normally would, even though you can easily forget to. Set alarms in advance and you’ll be able to plow through your work, take your breaks, and get right back to it.

Make a to-do list

For the actual work part of the day, make a list of what exactly you have to do. For instance, I might set aside a couple of hours to write, followed up with some time for university homework, and then an hour to clean the apartment. By breaking your activities down and putting them in order, you’ll find that you move cleanly from task to task. Modafinil makes your mind like a train on rails, it doesn’t have as much freedom to roam. That’s not a bad thing, just make sure that you map out where your train needs to stop.

Cross items off as you go, keeping your list up to date. If something new appears in your day, try to allocate a space for it, preferably after you finish whatever you’re currently working on. Having a list prepares you mentally for what you need to do and you’ll find that you can focus more on your tasks. When you don’t have a plan, your mind will tend to wander and think about when you should start doing something else. Organize first, modafinil later.

Choose the right activities

When I write creatively I avoid modafinil because I find it better to take breaks to ponder new routes available to my story. I write in short bursts, meander a bit, and then get back on track. When I write non-fiction, like this article, I benefit from modafinil because I can do research more efficiently and I tend to write more concisely and analytically.

The point of this example is that some tasks are better suited for modafinil than others. When I need to clean the house, I have a dose and scrub every nook and cranny with the precision of a surgeon, whereas on a normal day I’d probably ignore that corner that has been accumulating filth for weeks. I find that I do a much better job working on things I hate doing when I take modafinil, and that’s why I’d advise people to line up your least favorite tasks for a modafinil day. Whether it’s boring paperwork for my job, a vicious cleansing of the bathroom, or checking a stack of my students’ papers, I find that I’m more likely to power through the job at hand and do it well when modafinil is on my side.

Figure out what type of activities suit your modafinilised self.

Time your dose right

Modafinil takes a little while to take effect, so you should plan accordingly. I start work around 8 AM, and I like to get up and dressed early. I wash my modafinil down with my morning coffee around 7 AM, and by the time I’m out the door at 7:30 I can feel it working. By the time I start work, I’m ready to go. That also matters for the end of the day. Since you can count on about 12 hours of solid effects, sleeping in that time period is difficult if not impossible. I know that I need to be in bed by around 10 to get my precious 8 hours. Ideally you want your dose to kick in when you start working and you don’t want it around when it’s time for bed. Make sure you plan accordingly. It might be tempting to take a dose midday when a lot of work is on your plate, but you’ll likely pay for it later in a bout of insomnia.

 

Those are just some suggestions for how to make your modafinil day more productive and more satisfying. If you have any others, leave them in the comments. Remember that your experience may differ from others’, so be open to finding whatever methods fit you best.

 

 

27 Nov

How Much Modafinil Should You Take?

If you read reports from various modafinil users you’ll see quite the variety of recommendations when it comes to dosage, with equally varying results. It’s important to understand that each person’s biochemistry is unique and that while most people should respond the same, some people may respond quite differently to modafinil. But why does this happen? And what dosage is ideal? Let’s take a look.

Some people complain of a lack of effect on modafinil. Dosage is dependent on body mass, a larger person is going to need more of a medicine to have the same effects as a smaller person. In addition, there are certain genetic factors which can affect your processing of modafinil. The most common reason why a person feels unusually more or less effects from a drug is that they have an abnormal amount of cytochrome P450.

P450 is a family of enzymes that work in the liver to break down complex chemicals, most commonly pharmaceuticals. An excess of this enzyme would result in the body breaking down the material quicker and limiting its potency, while a deficit will mean that more of the medicine enters the bloodstream, resulting in increased potency. Generally, if you respond to medicines normally without requiring a special dosage, your P450 is probably fine. However, it can be inhibited by other means, particularly citrus fruits and their juices. Grapefruit juice is a powerful inhibitor of P450 and can cause other substances to become more potent. Whether this works for modafinil or not is still under debate, but it’s likely that it would have an impact.

So with those points aside, let’s look at some of the dosages and their effects.

Low dose: 100mg or lower

Modafinil is active at doses as low as 20mg. Several clinical trials have explored using modafinil in low doses for specific applications, such as treating addiction. It’s clear that modafinil works at these levels but without noticeable effects. On the low end, these doses are unlikely to result in a very productive day.

But doses near the 100mg mark are quite common and popular. I myself use 100mg when I have a light day and don’t feel the need for a full 200mg, but would like the extra energy and focus. Low doses also make your money go further, which is useful if you’re on a tight budget. Also, low doses tend to reduce or outright eliminate the occurrence of side effects, great if you find modafinil uncomfortable for whatever reason.

Low doses are often recommended for new users to get a feel for modafinil and find out whether or not a full dose is necessary. Considering the aforementioned diversity among users, it’s not a bad idea to play it safe the first time around and take a smaller dose, lest you find yourself over-stimulated or affected by side effects, however rare that may be.

A low dose will have a similar peak to a standard dose, meaning about 8-12 hours of peak performance. However, a low dose tends to decline quickly once it nears the half-life and from there may not be effective. Sleep comes easier on a low dose, I’ve even been able to take a nap.

Standard dose: 200mg

This is the gold standard of modafinil doses, the pill arrives in a neat 200mg disc, you pop it out of the foil, swallow it down, and get to work. Tried, tested, true, there’s little that you can’t do with 200mg of modafinil. Having said that, some people find the dose to be a bit excessive or overstimulating, particularly people with lower body masses.

Clinical trials have shown that the 200mg range tends to have a very low incidence of side effects, with less than 10% of users reporting any issues, mostly minor.

A 200mg dose should last for 12 hours and from there wear out in a couple of hours. Sleeping while on a 200mg dose is very difficult so you should plan accordingly.

Some people divide a 200mg dose into two 100mg doses. This can be good if you want to have peak effects for a short while, perhaps your morning work, and then another dose in the afternoon. Neither dose is very large, allowing you to take one in the morning and one before lunch and still sleep well, and you benefit from two peaks of energy during the day. However, some people find that short-term tolerance builds and that the second dose is not as effective as the first.

Large dose: 400mg

Doses of 400mg are not generally issued by doctors unless a patient is unresponsive to a standard 200mg dose. However, considering the increased frequency of users taking modafinil without a prescription, reports of people taking larger doses are becoming more common. Most users report no adverse effects but find instead an improvement in wakefulness and alertness. It seems that those who experience side effects will feel them more on 400mg and those who don’t normally get them may experience them slightly or not at all.

Larger doses can also be achieved by taking 200mg twice in the same day. This isn’t usually recommended as it’s likely to make sleep difficult, but with proper timing it can work well. A friend of mine was taking 200mg at 6 AM and another 200mg at 12 PM before lunch. He’d end up getting 18 hours of video editing a day done during the course of a week, before getting to bed at 12 PM.

A 400mg dose will last longer than a normal dose, and the intensity of the effects will be greater for a longer duration, but the same half-life applies and it will eventually fade out, albeit a few hours later. It’s more likely that your dose will provide more than 12 hours, closer to 15, of good solid modafinil time.

Large doses are perfectly safe and have been clinically approved. However it’s still recommended that you don’t take a large dose as your first one, just in case you might be allergic to the medication.

Very Large Doses: 400mg+

Doses over 400mg are rarely reported, although the few reports I’ve found on forums and reddit seem to indicate that they are safe, though rarely needed. These cases are generally seen as one-time incidents: Perhaps somebody has to cram for a major test and needs to go full speed for a couple of days, that’s the type of situation that calls for a very large dose, although one user mentioned consistently needing 800mg-1200mg to get an effect.

Very large doses are not recommended as their safety has not been thoroughly tested, although if it’s an occasional activity it’s probably not dangerous. Doses of several grams have been tested on humans with no serious adverse effects.

Is there a way to make modafinil more potent?

Aside from the dubious suggestion of using grapefruit juice, which is not widely recommended as its effect is unconfirmed and it can have adverse reactions with other drugs, there IS an effective way to increase modafinil’s strength.

Sublingual absorption of modafinil (under the tongue) can increase the potency and reduce the time it takes to kick in. The area under the tongue is full of mucous membranes which will go directly through the bloodstream, bypassing metabolism in your stomach. This makes for a more potent delivery of modafinil and less loss due to biological factors. Some users report crushing 50mg to consume sublingually and find this as potent as a 100mg dose. Be advised, pills and their binders tend to be bitter and not very pleasant in the mouth.

When you’re trying to figure out how much modafinil to take, consider these experiences and those of others, and remember that everybody’s response to medicine can be different. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure of how best to proceed.

30 Nov

What is the Maximum dosage of Modafinil?

Modafinil is basically a medicated nootropic which has ultimately helped in various spheres of life. It was originally developed by a French neurophysiologist, Michel Jouvet, along with Lafon Laboratories, and was eventually approved in the United States in 1998 with the name Provigil. Naturally, a product that massively reduces the need for sleep (a couple of hours per night are apparently more than sufficient), enhances productivity and improves working memory.

Modafinil was primarily developed as a drug to treat narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is a common disease, whereby the patients fall asleep randomly during the day. However, Modafinil allows a person to remain awake for longer periods. This is an agent which promotes wakefulness and is especially used for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, shift work sleep disorder, excessive daytime sleepiness and narcolepsy. In spite of scoring less in the wakefulness criteria other than coffee and amphetamine, Modafinil is widely used for many other purposes.

Unfortunately, there are many discussion forums, and chat rooms, whereby one finds several self-administration studies, that suggest that the drug has some addictive effects, and long term usage of the drug might lead to sleeping disorder. However, there is no clear evidence, that suggests that Modafinil is as addictive as cocaine, and today it is largely consumed by the students, entrepreneurs or artists, for the powerful cognitive effects. Furthermore, since it is mostly consumed in the form of a pill, there are fewer chances of developing addiction.

Stay Awake With Modafinil Without Any Side Effects:

EEG studies indicate that Modafinil, amphetamine and caffeine are all said to be theta wave reducing, but only modafinil possess the Alpha wave promotion during wakefulness as well as a theta wave. This is why it is better than the other two. The alertness is aroused mainly because of the presence of this in modafinil and hence, is consumed by a large number of people. However, it is ideally recommended to consume the smart drug in an appropriate amount to achieve desirable results, without any ill effects.

Normal Dosage Of Modafinil:

Observations and several researchers have made clear that the normal and healthy individuals, tested between the ages of 30-44, have shown great improvement in overall alertness and mood when they took Modanifil in a proper and controlled manner. Many of the volunteers have also reported immense mental clarity where their focus and attentiveness drastically improved after they were made to consume Modafinil.

The adult dosage for modafinil is usually 200 mg, once, daily in the morning and must be taken one hour before work. An individual can take it to a maximum of about 400 mg in a single day, but not more than that. It is never advisable for children below the age of 16 years because it may have some adverse effects on them.

 

The effectiveness of modafinil in the long-term does not exist for more than a time period of 9 weeks. There should be a balance between the maximum and minimum intake of modafinil. Dosage adjustment should be considered for concomitant medications that are substrates for triazolam and cyclosporine. Sometimes people use it for easy esacpes too, especially students.

In  paediatric and elderly patients, elimination of modafinil and its metabolites may be reduced as an effect of aging. Therefore, preference should be given to the use of lower doses in elderly patients and most importantly, inspite of all such limitations, one must always consider confirming with a physician before depending on the nootropic.