23 Jan

Depression Symptoms Improved by Modafinil

Depression, unbeknownst to many, is one of the most common medical conditions in the world. The WHO claims that 350 million people experience depression annually. While there are many pills that try to alleviate depression’s symptoms, they don’t really offer a cure. Many patients stop taking them due to difficult side effects.

Depression symptoms are complex

But news is showing that Modafinil can have a big impact on people with depression. Depression symptoms are complex and many. At the core of depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes multiple symptoms. Most people just think it means that you feel sad. But it often goes beyond that. Depressed people tend not to experience happiness when they naturally should. For many it’s more of a total lack of emotion. This makes them disinterested in regular tasks.

If you’ve ever wondered why a depressed person can’t just “snap out of it” consider what this means. You get depressed, and your performance at work diminishes. That makes you feel like you’re failing. Maybe you lose your job. It spirals out of control. But now there’s some hope.

Modafinil can improve memory function

Since cognitive functions are also depressed, especially memory and concentration, depression will often cause people to forget important assignments or to miss details in a conversation. A new study shows that Modafinil can improve memory function. The study tested 60 patients and found the Modafinil group did better on memory tests.

This is exciting news for those suffering from depression. Modafinil might be the extra boost they need to stay sharp even when everything else feels dull.

One thing that’s important to note though is the type of patient in the study. They had “remitted depression” which is generally when the depression symptoms subside. They are still present, but are less of a bother. The biggest concern for a doctor is to make sure the patient doesn’t relapse into a full blown depression again. Modafinil would be an excellent tool to keep patients in remission from falling back into the hole.

So if you’re depressed, Modafinil may be able to help you, but consult your doctor. If you’re in remission, this could be a great way to give you a boost and keep depression from consuming you again.

03 Jan

Reach your Goals in 2017 with Modafinil

Successfully recovered from your New Year’s festivities? The start of a new year is a great time to get your ducks in a row and make plans. With your hangover gone now’s the time to set your 2017 agenda with some New Year’s Resolutions. Whether you have big goals or small ones, those objectives help you organize your life and accomplish greater things.

Yet, if you’re like most people, you’ve made resolutions at one point or another and then failed to fulfill them. Nobody’s perfect. Don’t let previous failures keep you from glory in 2017! All you need is a little extra commitment. Modafinil can help you reach your goals. Let’s look at some of the most common goals that modafinil can help you with.

#1 2017 Goal: Save Money / Pay off debt

We’d all like to pay off some debt or save up for a big purchase. Maybe it’s a house or a new car. A holiday abroad. Whatever the case is, saving money always sounds easier than it really is. Modafinil can make a difference in two phases of this game.

First off, you need to know your finances. This can be hard for some people. If your income varies from day to day, common for people in the service industry, you need to get into a habit of recording what comes in and what goes out. Salaried workers have it easier. Regardless of your circumstances, take some modafinil and then take charge! Nothing like the focus of modafinil to help you map out your money in an extremely detailed manner.

And when it comes to the actual savings? Modafinil’s cheaper than your daily cup of coffee. If Starbucks is stealing your income, switch it out with modafinil.

Best part? Modafinil will get you to produce more, making it easier to earn more and reach your savings goals.

#2 2017 Goal: Lose weight / Get in shape

Drive up to any gym after January 1st and you’ll see a full parking lot. Come back in February and it’ll be empty. The gym is work. It’s tough. Diet and exercise are two ugly truths we have to face in order to get in shape. If your goal is to drop a few pounds, modafinil could be key to helping you out.

For starters, Modafinil curbs your appetite. Mental Health Daily has a great article on all the ways modafinil can contribute to your weight loss plans. Eating less is a big one. You’ll still feel hungry and need to eat, but you’re more likely to eat less. Starving yourself only shuts down your metabolism. You have to keep eating, but in moderation. Modafinil-eration anyone?

And that energy boost you’ll get helps you work out longer and harder. See better results in less time as you make those workouts count. The added focus helps with form and concentration on your exercises. Great if you lift.

If your goal is to get in shape, modafinil can help you.

#3 2017 Goal: Get an education

Maybe you just finished high school and you’re thinking about entering university. Or perhaps you’re a working adult whose career isn’t moving forward fast enough. In either case, getting an education is one of the best goals you can have. But it can be tough. Universities are increasingly competitive. Students put in long hours preparing for tests and completing assignments. Especially for the working professional who wants to get ahead, the extra load of university work can be daunting.

There’s a reason modafinil is mostly consumed by students: It helps. You’ll get the focus you need to concentrate on your classes. The energy will help you work and study at the same time. And, as studies show, you’ll do it all better.

Make 2017 the year of you. The year of success. With some hard work and some modafinil to make it easier, you’ll find yourself looking back on a great year as you reached your goals. Next year’s champagne will be special.

29 Dec

Are you Impulsive? Modafinil Lowers Impulsive Tendencies, Study Says

Being impulsive killed Romeo, the star of Shakespeare’s greatest story. The dramatist knew humans better than anyone. Impulsiveness is the driver behind many of our greatest problems: Alcoholism, obesity, addiction, just to name a few.

But what does it really mean to be impulsive? And what does any of this have to do with modafinil? A recently-published study from the University of Warwick and the Imperial College of London reveal that modafinil helps to curb impulsive tendencies. This is big news. Millions of people deal with conditions related to impulsive behavior, and modafinil could be the cure.

The meaning of impulsive

You probably think of being impulsive as a general personality trait. An impulsive person does what they feel like doing, right? No second thoughts. While that’s partially true, it ignores the science behind impulsive behavior. The truth is right in the word.

An “impulse” medically speaking is just a signal in your brain. Neurotransmitters trigger impulses that guide your actions. Hunger is an impulse that tells you to eat, for instance.

Fortunately, as humans, we have some ability to control our impulses. You don’t stop whatever you’re doing and devour food the minute your tummy rumbles. But what if your brain gets a little wonky? What if those impulses get harder to control?

Impulsive disorders are extremely common

Addictions of any sort are forms of impulsive disorders. Whenever your brain likes what you’re doing it releases dopamine which is the brain’s way of saying “do that again.” Dopamine feels good! Most drugs that people abuse release heaps of it. That makes their impulses much stronger, and harder to resist.

But as your body becomes desensitized to the constant dopamine rush, you need more to feel satisfied. That’s why you see addictions gradually increase over time. Whether it’s alcohol, hard drugs, or even food, the price of resisting the impulse goes up as your body becomes physically dependent on the chemical in question. Withdrawal symptoms make quitting seem impossible. Really, the phrase “monkey on your back” describes the impulsive nature of addiction to a T.

Can modafinil make you less impulsive?

So naturally, if you wanted to help someone kick an addiction, you’d try to reduce the severity of their impulses. Make them less impulsive. Well, that’s precisely what this study did. It focused on obesity. In many cases obese people struggle to control their impulses for food. Sugar is highly addictive. It, like cocaine or heroin, releases dopamine in large amounts.

The study gave 60 men three different options: Placebo, Atomoxetine, and modafinil. There were 20 in each group. The only group that showed reduced impulsive behavior took modafinil.

Only healthy people were included in the study. The goal was to see if modafinil reduced innate impulsive behavior. If it did, they theorized, then it would be useful for people struggling with addictions.

Modafinil has already been proven to help curb cravings for methamphetamine addicts. Studies like this show that it reduces impulsive actions even in healthy individuals. That could make you much more productive. Instead of caving in to your impulsive desire to sit and watch TV or play a video game, maybe you can get more work done. Modafinil continues to find novel applications for all types of people, and we hope this study is just the start of what’s to come in 2017.

24 Dec

Modafinil in 2016: The Year in Review

2016 has been a tragedy-filled year for the most part. Terrorism runs wild, politicians and voters have lost their collective minds, and economies are still sluggish. But in the world of modafinil things have been cruising along beautifully. 2016 was a banner year for the smart drug. Not only are sales through the roof, but studies are pouring in revealing new applications for the nootropic giant.

As 2016 draws to a close, let’s take a look at some of the biggest developments for modafinil this year.

Modafinil’s cognitive benefits are real

No, it’s not just your mind playing tricks on you. For years students and professionals have been saying this. Well, in 2016, science caught up. One study proved that modafinil gave patients with depression a real improvement in memory function. Patients coming out of depression may have difficulty remembering things because they often walk around disinterested in what they’re doing. If you don’t care, you won’t remember. Modafinil helped them.

And for those totally healthy individuals, the majority of modafinil users, good news! A 2016 study confirmed that modafinil helped executive function and performance, meaning those results you see truly are real, and not placebo. The world’s first smart drug: Proven!

Modafinil can treat just about anything

Since modafinil cuts down fatigue like a chainsaw, researchers realized it could be a boon to so many other medical conditions. Fatigue makes it harder for people to recover. And in literally every trial, modafinil has helped.

Cancer patients? This 2016 study showed you were less likely to feel depressed and more likely to be active in your treatment.

Liver cirrhosis? Maybe you need a bigger dose than what this study tried. Virtually every successful trial has used at least 200mg. This one went easy on the patients with 100mg, and only saw light benefits.

Fibromyalgia? Modafinil can give you a normal life.

Look to 2017 as the year of clinical trials that put modafinil on the market for these conditions. Right now, these are just preliminary studies to test theories. But based on all the positive results, we can expect doctors to make it rain modafinil.

2016 showed Modafinil is safe

Wary of all the studies waving modafinil around like the cure-all panacea we’ve been searching for, some researchers tried to find some hazards. Tough sledding for these guys indeed.

Addiction is always a worry when doctors prescribe medication. The last thing you want is a patient that’s hooked forever. Modafinil time and again proves itself to be safe in this regard. A wide meta-analysis of dozens of studies showed that modafinil was the best option for patients.

Even children can take modafinil! Several 2016 studies experimented with using modafinil for ADHD and the results were excellent. Unlike amphetamine-based drugs like Ritalin or Adderall, modafinil was non-habit forming and didn’t reduce the children’s appetite as much. That’s a big win since a weak appetite could cause stunted growth.

Best of all, side effects are now completely understood and continue to be rare.

It’s been a great year for modafinil, and we know 2017 is only going to be better. With armodafinil undergoing studies, more phase 2 and 3 trials coming, and even the possibility of new formulations of modafinil, 2017 should be an amazing time for the world’s first true smart drug.

15 Dec

Fibromyalgia Patients Reduce Fatigue with Modafinil and Armodafinil

The long list of conditions that modafinil can improve continues to grow. Now you can add fibromyalgia (FM) to it. Researchers are finalizing phase 4 trials, the last step for FDA approval.

Studies have proven modafinil and armodafinil to be extremely effective in helping FM patients. To understand why modafinil is such a great tool for fibromyalgia, let’s look at FM itself.

How Fibromyalgia Affects People

You’ve probably heard of fibromyalgia, if only because it has a unique name. What most people don’t realize is how big of a problem it is. FM affects around 2% of the population in developed countries. We’re talking about millions of people. What’s worse is we don’t even know how it works.

FM is a genetic disorder and is hereditary. Symptoms, depending on the patient, can be incapacitating or mild. This makes it hard to research and treat. As a result, doctors look for ways to reduce the symptoms.

What are the symptoms? The first is chronic, all-over pain, especially in response to pressure. Specific points on the body are even more sensitive. Everyday tasks become more difficult as the pain can be severe. Usually doctors treat this with painkillers and therapy, but that isn’t always effective. The regular pain causes other symptoms, like nonrestorative sleep. As the name implies, this is when you sleep but don’t feel refreshed afterwards.

So imagine your body is stuck in a permanent zombie-like state. You move around and it hurts, so naturally you’d rather not do anything. Work is a nightmare. Even at rest your body aches. Energy is fleeting and hard to come by. You end up with chronic fatigue and can’t hold a job.

That’s the reality for many FM patients. It can be hard for them to even hold down a part time position. Family members and friends have to provide support and FM patients end up with less independence.

How modafinil helps patients with fibromyalgia

I think you can see where this is going. What’s modafinil most known for? Removing fatigue and giving people energy of course. Just like in other medical cases, such as cancer treatment or depression, modafinil can cure chronic fatigue and give people the energy they need to keep going.

Trials are showing this exact same effect with FM patients. Most of them woke up and took a breakfast dose of 200mg, followed by a later dose of 50-100mg in the afternoon. The results were amazing. These were people who literally couldn’t have a life. When trials started, they had no expectations since nothing else had worked before.

While a couple of people dropped out due to complications with their schedule, every patient said they would continue using modafinil. They were able to maintain a more active schedule, without needing naps every day just to function. Their families cheered them on. Overall, modafinil was the answer.

If you know someone with FM or you yourself are dealing with it, talk to a doctor about using modafinil or armodafinil to treat your FM fatigue. Fibromyalgia may not be understood, but at least we have a way to fight back.

 

 

06 Dec

The best gift for the holiday season: Modafinil

If you’re looking for a way to spruce up somebody’s Christmas, buy them a gift that’ll keep on giving and improve their entire year. If you’re having trouble thinking of the perfect gift for someone in your life, I’m going to solve your stocking-stuffing problems.

Modafinil for Christmas might seem like a strange gift to get someone. After all, most people probably don’t think of pills as the ideal Christmas present. But let’s break that perception by looking at it objectively. Modafinil, for a number of reasons, makes an excellent gift.

Why modafinil’s a great gift

First off, if you don’t want to break the bank for a gift, modafinil is the perfect solution. Depending on the quantity you get from most online sites you’ll spend between $1-2 a pill, which means your gift won’t cost much in the end.

Besides the fact that it’s a good gift from a buyer’s perspective, it’s a gift that actually gives your loved one something real that they can use: Proven cognitive enhancement, weight loss, focus and concentration. Who couldn’t use that? How many presents have you ended up throwing away over the years because you never used them? This year, make sure your offering doesn’t end up in the trash.

Who should you get modafinil for?

The easy answer to this is everyone, but that’s probably not quite true. Don’t get it for little children. They don’t usually need help concentrating on their coloring homework.  And maybe leave grandma alone, she’s got daytime TV to watch in the comfy chair. Unless she has a quilt that must be finished soon. In that case maybe half a pill.

Got a son, daughter, niece, nephew, or cousin in college? Get them the ultimate exam killer. Busy husband or wife with too much to do? Help them crush their to-do list. Someone struggling to stick to a diet? Modafinil’s proven to help with that too.

Get your modafinil gift in time

If you’re thinking about buying modafinil for someone else you should make your purchase soon! Modafinil typically ships direct from India when bought online taking between 1-2 weeks to arrive. Express options are available if you want to ensure that it makes it on time for Christmas.

Look, pills aren’t the sexiest option for a Christmas present, so maybe get something cute to go with it. A teddy bear cuddling a blister pack might do the trick. Either way, you’ll be giving the gift of modafinil, one that keeps on giving and can radically change lives. Whoever gets it is bound to thank you, and while you’re at it, get some for yourself! Nobody needs to know you saved more by buying in bulk.

30 Nov

Long-term Effects of Modafinil

Originally, chronic sufferers of sleep disorders would be the only long-term users of modafinil. Conditions such as narcolepsy can’t be cured, only managed. As with any medicine, long-term effects can appear far down the road. What are the long-term effects of Modafinil?

Studies have shown that modafinil is extremely safe for long-term use, with a 9-month study being the longest one available. As of yet there are no published safety studies that examine patients for a year or more.

Taking into account what we definitely know, we can also make some projections about modafinil’s long-term effects.

Long-term effects: What we know

The first question researchers ask is “Is this drug going to be effective in the long term?” This is a huge question to answer. If a patient develops tolerance or dependence on the medicine, it can have hazardous effects down the line.

Tolerance is when a drug no longer works as well as it did before, forcing you to take more and more. Tolerance and dependence go hand in hand; dependence means you suffer negative effects when you stop taking the drug, also known as withdrawal symptoms. A large study on patients with depression showed no potential for tolerance, dependence, or abuse.

No study has shown any negative effects on patients’ health, outside of the normal side effects.

Positive long-term effects

If there aren’t any negative long-term effects from modafinil use, could there be good ones? Aside from the obvious benefit of improving a person’s condition, there could actually be some very uplifting benefits of modafinil in the long term.

Productivity

Experts in psychology say it takes around 6 weeks to form a new habit. It’s possible to train yourself on modafinil to be more productive, and forge a habit that will stick with you even without the pill. Since modafinil helps you focus and get more done, you could have a long-term improvement in your work ethic if you use it diligently.

Organization

Life can get out of hand for all of us sometimes. Maybe you have too many things to do at once, or your work has many steps that create confusing situations. Whatever the case, you can become more organized by sticking to a modafinil schedule.

Make lists for the things you need to do, break down your activities into steps, and use modafinil’s ability to improve your executive cognition. Once you know how your brain works on modafinil, you could consciously do the same thing later.

Potential long-term problems

On the other hand, we could project some possible problems with modafinil when used for a long period of time.

Overloading

You might feel like you can take on the world and do anything with modafinil, but be careful not to devote your entire life to work. If you take on more than you can handle, your stress levels can rise. Stress is detrimental to your health, it can even shave years off of your life.

The key, as with everything, is balance. You absolutely can improve yourself and your behavior with modafinil, but be mindful of your work-life balance. Take a day off from time to time and relax. You’ve earned it with all that work you’ve done!

23 Nov

Modafinil Helps Patients with Brain Tumors

Modafinil continues to find novel applications in medicine. New research is being conducted based on a 2012 study that found modafinil useful for helping patients with brain tumors. Doctors diagnose over 70,000 brain tumors every year. Roughly 1/3 of them are malignant. In either case, brain tumors present unique complications for patients.

How modafinil helps patients with brain tumors

Modafinil itself won’t remove a tumor. You need serious chemotherapy or radiation treatments to do that. But there are two ways that modafinil can contribute to a patient’s recovery and quality of life.

Reducing the side effects of tumor treatment

First, modafinil helps to alleviate some of the symptoms of tumor treatment. Chemotherapy patients, for instance, experience extreme fatigue and exhaustion, which can make even basic tasks a chore. The extra energy that modafinil grants can offset the negative side effects of treatment. The result is that the patient is usually able to take on more treatments, helping them get better sooner.

Softening the Symptoms of Brain Tumors

The second, and the most interesting benefit of modafinil in tumor patients, is cognitive. Modafinil’s cognitive effects are the main reason the drug sells so well. Brain tumors can directly impact a person’s cognitive abilities, as does the treatment.

Many brain tumor patients find it difficult to think clearly, or suffer unusual mood swings. Memory also degrades in many cases. The brain is very sensitive and doctors still don’t fully understand how it works. But it’s pretty clear that a foreign object in the brain is not good. Tumors, depending on where they are, can disrupt normal brain functions. Imagine how frustrating it would be to feel your power to think slip away. Doctors are constantly searching for a way to help patients stay mentally strong while undergoing treatment.

With that in mind, this study compared modafinil to Ritalin and found that both were about equally effective in improving cognitive function, but modafinil produced fewer side effects. The patients who had deteriorated the most also benefited the most. While it was a small study, the researchers believe that the results would hold up in a wider investigation.

What you should do

Of course, if you or someone you know is dealing with a brain tumor, you never start any treatment without consulting a doctor first. In delicate situations like these people often feel helpless and desperate, willing to try anything. But going rogue can lead to more problems, especially if drugs interact in the wrong way.

We’re still a long way from curing cancer, but at least with modafinil patients can improve their recovery process and increase their quality of life.

 

 

21 Nov

Is Modafinil Addictive?

With modafinil use on the rise in students around the world, researchers are stopping to ask an important question: Is modafinil addictive, and if so, should we be concerned?

Modafinil enthusiasts highlight several case studies that show that modafinil is not addictive, but some outlying examples have shaken that theory up. In addition, the studies that are out there have not looked at the whole spectrum of addiction, which means modafinil could be more addictive than we previously thought.

The different kinds of addictive

Broadly speaking you can classify addictions into two distinct categories. First, you have physical dependency. This is when your body literally craves the drug. Uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms appear with physically addictive substances. Nicotine and Caffeine are two of the most common physically addictive chemicals we consume on a daily basis. Think about that headache you get if you miss your morning coffee, or how you can become irritable and jittery without your cigarette.

But that’s not the only type of addiction out there. Substances can also be psychologically, or mentally addictive. This occurs when you simply want more of the drug because you like its effects, but don’t necessarily feel a physical need to take it. Cocaine, surprisingly, is not very addictive physically, but psychologically it can be very powerful. With mental addictions, users often dose in a specific set of circumstances.

The repeated use of a drug in a certain circumstance forms a habit that can be difficult to break.

Modafinil: Not physically addictive

Numerous studies have shown that modafinil has little to no potential for dependency. One rare case was found by Indian doctors, but the patient in that case had a psychotic breakdown years prior due to his father’s death. He reportedly took larger doses of modafinil than normal, which led to him developing dependence. Outside of this severe case, no study has shown a solid link between modafinil and physical addiction.

Modafinil can be psychologically addictive

Teenrehabcenter.org recently added a section about modafinil abuse in young adults. The problem appears to be growing as more teens compete to get high marks on exams and enter the best universities.

For some students, modafinil can be a game changer. Imagine taking a pill and suddenly seeing your performance improve. That rush of positive feelings can push you to take more. Before you know it, you can’t study or take a test without modafinil. This dangerous cycle is what modafinil’s psychological addiction looks like. Parents are concerned.

Preventing modafinil addiction

The key to avoiding psychological dependence is to use modafinil, or any drug, sparingly and in moderate amounts. Save it for emergencies. Don’t make it an every-day habit even though you might benefit from it in the short term. It’s important to be able to be you without a pill.

When you do take modafinil, keep it to the 200mg standard dose. The shreds of evidence that support modafinil being addictive always involve higher doses.

Modafinil is extremely well tolerated and, in general, people have nothing to worry about. But if used improperly there is a slight potential for abuse. Stick to the guidelines here and you should have no trouble with modafinil.

 

14 Nov

Microdosing with Modafinil

Do Microdosing and Modafinil Mix?

A new trend in nootropic use has emerged in recent years with the concept of microdosing. Microdosing is when a user takes a dose that’s much lower than the typically recommended one. Is taking less really a better option?

Benefits of Microdosing

Those who embrace microdosing say that it gives you at least some of the benefits of a particular medicine or chemical without as much of the harmful risk. For instance, a dose that’s 25% of a regular dose may not show side effects while giving the user some benefits. People who are more sensitive to drugs can benefit from this approach.

Microdosers also suggest that using a lower dose allows you take more substances at once. This is especially popular in the nootropic world as people create “stacks” of compounds that they take simultaneously. In essence, it’s the “little bit of everything” method to improving your performance.

Nootropics can get expensive, so microdosing also helps to stretch your supply farther and save money. But does it actually work?

Micro dose, mega proof

Surprisingly microdosing is nothing new. While its recent popularity might make you think it’s a new development, the concept is as old as the pharmaceutical industry. Experiments throughout the 50s and 60s tried to use psychedelic drugs in micro doses to see if they had any therapeutic benefits for patients. LSD particularly was used in this regard and the results were quite promising before being shut down due to LSD’s addition to Schedule 1.

A bizarre reverse case of microdosing was with the Russian-made AMT, now illegal. It was originally designed to be a potent anti-depressant, and trials showed that with just a very small amount it was extremely effective. However people who took more than that amount started to have LSD-like symptoms including hallucinations, and production was halted.

What confounds doctors today is the potential for problems with the placebo effect. At small doses, it can be hard to tell if the patient is really experiencing effects from the drugs, or if it’s all in his mind. This makes microdosing something of a pseudo-science, because it’s so hard to measure.

Microdosing modafinil

A lot of people (myself included) like to chop a modafinil pill in half and take 100mg instead of 200. Others go even further and take 50mg at a time. Users have described this as a shorter effect, which can be useful for a late-afternoon dose when you still want to sleep at a reasonable hour.

Others who have tried 50mg find that the effect is too weak compared to what they are used to and would rather take more.

If you want to add modafinil to your microdosing stack, it might make sense to try 50mg and go up from there if need be. Doses smaller than that seem to be impossible to differentiate between real effects and placebo. As modafinil is well tolerated by most people, microdosing it seems to be somewhat pointless. Unless you have serious side effects from using modafinil, stick to the regular doses.