Is it Legal to Order Modafinil Online?

The Modvigil Blog figured this would be a good topic to discuss as demand around Modafinil continues to grow. It’s a subject that is often brought up on websites that sell Modafinil. My opinion is that asking the salesman if what you’re doing is legal is basically like asking an addict if he has a problem: He’s not going to say no. So I would like to give you an unbiased opinion.

As there are countless countries with their own arbitrary rules, this post is going to focus on a few of the key markets, but leaves out a lot of countries. Always check with your local authorities. Most online retailers of Modafinil will post a warning when purchasing from a country that frequently has shipments seized. This is of course because it is in their best interests not to have unhappy customers. Take these warnings seriously, as they generally mean that officials are likely to catch your shipment and keep it.

Importing Modafinil in the USA

The US has some very confusing laws. First of all, it is strictly illegal to import a medicine that another country has already imported. So if you order from Canada, and Canada got it from Germany, then it’s illegal, regardless of the item. Secondly, it’s illegal to import anything from another country that hasn’t been approved by the FDA. This includes generics such as Modafinil, as their specific generic mixture hasn’t been tested/approved by the FDA.

So in a nutshell, you generally just can’t bring medicine in unless you do so in person, have a valid prescription for it, and acquired it in the foreign country. This is called a “travel allowance” and permits up to a 90 days’ supply for people with a prescription.

Now, will you get in trouble for importing this medicine? The short answer is no. The FDA has consistently focused on the distributors, and not the individual. Throwing grandma in jail because she was buying her arthritis medicine online doesn’t look good for any politician. If your package is seized, it will simply disappear.

A word of legal advice: If you are questioned, never admit to buying the product online. Nobody can prove that you actually bought it without a warrant requesting your credit card records. Just because it was being sent to your name and address doesn’t mean you bought it, maybe a well-wishing family member sent it to you. As long as you are not importing massive quantities for resale, the odds of anybody knocking on your door are about 1 in a million.

The good news is that the US postal system is massive. Millions of shipments occur every day, and it’s impossible to check them all. So plenty of things slip through the cracks. Still, order knowing that your product may not arrive.

Importing Modafinil in the UK

The UK is surprisingly lax in comparison with the USA. People can import up to a 6 months’ supply of any prescription only medicine, regardless of its origin. This includes Modafinil. Pretty simple! Same goes for importing medicines in person.

Importing Modafinil in Europe

Europe is a little bit tricky, as each country has slightly different laws regarding which items are prohibited and which aren’t. What is classified in one nation as a prescription medicine may be OTC in another. However the main rule is that importing medicine into an EU country via mail is fine as long as the country comes from another EU country. However, importing from outside (India for example) may not be allowed. Each country enforces things to different levels. Germany is notoriously difficult for example, while Holland and France are more favorable. Check your own country’s rules, or use a reshipping service that allows the package to come from a trusted EU country.

As always, do your own research. Look around on forums for your country, surely there will be other people who have tried to import a medicine from abroad. Realize that the only real risk is a small financial loss, as to date nobody has gone to prison for importing Modafinil. If you are comfortable with that risk, then place your order with a reputable website that provides refunds in the event of a seizure.

You can always mitigate your risk by ordering smaller quantities and using reshipping services that improve the quality of the packaging. This can reduce the chances of your package getting noticed, and in many cases can guarantee delivery.

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Court Decision Should Make Modafinil More Available

A few months ago a court case was brought to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania regarding Modafinil. The case was decided just last week, and after sifting through some legalese, The Modvigil Blog is here to report the results.

First, some background information: Cephalon’s patent for Provigil (brand-name Modafinil) was about to expire all the way back in 2002, and right around the same time several big generic manufacturers in the US tried to get permission to produce Modafinil. Except Cephalon’s patent was reissued, but on some very shaky premises. In short, they had a sketchy patent and were trying not to lose exclusivity.

Provigil provided over 40% of Cephalon’s earnings since its release. Eventually this would have to end, but Cephalon decided to basically pay off these generic manufacturers so that they would not produce the drug. Cephalon has paid about $300 million to these different firms. These so called “reverse payments” are not illegal, however they must be reasonable.

Eventually Cephalon’s patent was pulled in 2011, which sparked the rise in Modafinil that we see today with major production occurring worldwide, from Chile all the way to India. Cephalon still had deals in place with various US generic manufacturers however.

The plaintiffs, led by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), purchasers of Provigil (who don’t appreciate high prices), and a group of generic manufacturers who wanted to get in on the game but couldn’t, won their argument that Cephalon’s payments were excessive and anticompetitive. Having more generic manufacturers involved in the process lowers prices. If there are only a few, as Cephalon intended, then the price gap between brand-name and generic would be small. Small enough that many people might just continue using the brand-name product.

Cephalon has paid fines in the US before for misleading advertising and exaggerated claims. Cephalon has yet to hit another home run in the drug department, leading them to seek out any edge they can find. This is just another example of their legal tactics attempting to keep Modafinil expensive and get the most out of their one-hit wonder.

With no further patent protection, and these former deals being declared dead, more generic manufacturers will be able to produce Modafinil in the US, and also in other countries. Many nations use the FDA and other US institutions as the standard for their own rules. This benefits local consumers who often receive a prescription and go directly to the pharmacy. Unfortunately generic Modafinil in the US is still extraordinarily expensive, with 30 200mg tablets costing nearly $300. Consider though that just a few years ago this price was up to almost $800. More competition will mean better prices. Health insurance often has coverage limits on prescriptions, meaning that this will make Modafinil easier for patients to purchase without breaking their coverage limits.

Of course there are still people out there in the USA, despite recent legislation, who cannot afford generic Modafinil or who have passed their insurance’s cap on prescription medications. In these cases, a good alternative is to look online for reputable vendors who sell Modafinil often for around $2-3 per pill, massive savings compared to spending almost $10 per pill. The Modvigil Blog has often recommended for its high quality product and attentive service. If you need your medication now, of course going to the local pharmacy is a safe and quick alternative. And it’s only going to get cheaper as a result of this latest court decision.

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Do Brain Enhancing Drinks Really Work?

The Modvigil Blog doesn’t just limit itself to Modafinil related stories and subject matter. This blog has discussed the fallacy of using fake drugs seen in the movies such as 21 Jump Street. We’ve looked at other stimulants as well. However a new trend has emerged in the competitive marketplace for your mind. “Brain Drinks” are being produced at an astonishing rate, with well over ten brands jockeying for position.

But the question remains: How well do these products work, if at all?

Brain enhancing beverages are an evolution of energy drinks, which exploded onto the scene after Red Bull’s great success driven by viral marketing and extreme sports sponsorship. Energy drinks rely heavily on caffeine and guarana, which itself is merely a fruit which contains a very high dose of caffeine. Effectively they are coffee for the non-coffee drinker. These stimulants have shown to increase performance and alertness to a small degree, but no more than coffee or similar drinks would.

As a result of the mundane nature of energy drinks, new companies have emerged that claim to provide actual mental benefits on top of energy. These “smart drinks” tend to feature words and imagery associated with the brain. For instance, Neuro Sonic, a leading company in the field with a wide variety of drinks targeting specific situations, boasts a logo that suggests cognitive enhancement. TrueToniq, a company manufacturing several all-natural drinks, boldly presents the ‘I’ and ‘Q’ in its name to suggest increased mental ability.

What Ingredients do Brain Drinks Have?

Smart drinks seem to love reminding customers that they are NOT energy drinks. To that end, they highlight a more modest quantity of caffeine. Most of them are chock full of important vitamins and minerals. Taurine is a commonly included ingredient as it’s an essential acid in the body and it seems to be responsible for almost everything important, from cardiovascular function to neurotransmission.

It’s easy to look at the back of one of these drinks and think “Hey, that’s a lot of stuff I’m supposed to be taking!” The reality is that most people don’t realize that the vast majority of vitamins, minerals, and miscellaneous amino acids are readily available in the food you eat. In developed first world countries a standard diet covers the vast majority of compounds necessary for life. There’s a reason doctors generally don’t prescribe vitamins except in obvious cases of deficiency. Most experts say don’t waste your money.

But these fancy tonics have more elaborate ingredients, don’t they? Indeed most of them feature a few key ingredients that they claim are responsible for increased mental output. Neuro Sonic uses L-theanine and Choline. L-theanine is not by any means a fraud. Scientific studies show that it improves concentration and mood when combined with caffeine. It also has the paradoxical effect of being a relaxer, which seems to take the jittery edge off of caffeine and reduce the classic caffeine crash.

However a relatively high dose is needed to notice these effects. How much can be found in Nuero Sonic’s products? Well that’s unclear. Their label calls their mish mash of ingredients a “Proprietary blend” of 475mg. Tests for L-theanine showed it to be more effective in doses of 250mg up to 1200mg per day.

Choline is an essential building block for some neurotransmitters and is also helpful in protecting the liver and colon. It’s considered more important for pregnant and breastfeeding women to take in. However, as is the case with most of the other essential vitamins and minerals, Choline is easily found in most people’s diets. In addition, the body is capable of synthesizing Choline if not enough is present.

When I went to look at TrueToniq’s products on their website in order to know more about the ingredients, I was met with an “Under construction” page. It seems that while they’re more than happy to sell you some “all-natural enhancement”, they aren’t very open about what’s inside the drink you’re taking.

Are Brain Enhancing Drinks Safe?

This is a logical question, since many of these drinks refuse to give detailed explanations of their ingredients. Certainly they follow FDA protocols in the US and conform to other countries’ regulations. Most of the ingredients are perfectly fine in moderate, or even large doses, and there probably IS a legitimate effect on the body. However most of the ingredients are already inside you right now. Just because you haven’t heard of something doesn’t mean you’re not getting it from somewhere else.

There’s nothing that would suggest that these drinks are dangerous, but the real question remains: Are they beneficial?

The answer is that they probably are, to a small extent. But let’s consider the value of a smart drink. The average price of one of these drinks is $2. It’s possible to buy in bulk and save a bit, but shipping is quite costly for a case of cans.

Instead of an expensive drink with mild enhancement, The Modvigil Blog would again recommend Modafinil to you. Instead of a few hours of increased energy and focus, you could have the whole day for the same price as your drink. What’s more, you’d be taking something that’s been tried, tested, and proven to work. No questionable subjective reports. No mysterious ingredient lists. Just a reliable, popular way to increase your performance day in and day out. is my preferred provider of Modafinil and their prices work out to be even cheaper than buying one of these dubious drinks. If you truly are interested in improving mental ability and performance, then you should give it a try.

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How to Avoid the Side Effects of Modafinil

While Modafinil is well tolerated by almost all of its users, some people occasionally report minor side effects. The Modvigil blog has pored through numerous user reviews, read many forum threads, and engaged with a large number of people who have experienced these symptoms. In this article I’ll be detailing a few of the ways that you can avoid some of the common side effects attributed to Modafinil use.

What are the Side Effects of Modafinil?

Modafinil in general has very few side effects, and they don’t occur in most users.

The most common problem patients experience is headaches when taking Modafinil. This, depending on various sources, occurs in somewhere between 10-35% of Modafinil users. After that, nausea occurs in about 10% of users. Irritability and agitated moods occur in a similar percentage. Dry mouth is reported in about 5% of cases, and finally insomnia is occasionally cited in only 5% of patients. Let’s address these one by one.

The truth is that most of these issues are entirely avoidable, and require simple adjustments to your behavior when on Modafinil in order to prevent them.

Preventing Headaches on Modafinil

Headaches are the number one complaint among Modafinil users. Curiously though, very few people report constantly getting them. Speaking from personal experience, I’ve had headaches on a few occasions and they vary in strength and frequency. Modafinil is a diuretic and stimulant, meaning that it will drain your body of liquids faster. Headaches are most commonly caused by dehydration. This is why headaches are usually associated with hangovers. When you drink too much alcohol, which is also a diuretic, you will lose body water and feel dehydrated the next day without replenishing your fluids. Thus, you get a headache.

So stay hydrated on Modafinil. You’ll need to drink more water than normal. Also it’s best not to take Modafinil immediately after a long night out drinking or after another situation where you might be dehydrated, as this can result in headaches. Also avoid high-sodium foods, as these have a tendency to exacerbate dehydration.

Dry mouth is also related to the faster processing of water through the body’s system. Drinking more water will prevent headaches and dry mouth as well.

Headaches can also be caused by extensive eye strain. A common result of Modafinil’s focus-aiding properties is that you will spend more time doing work without much of a break. I know from experience that I’ve felt headaches come on after sitting at the computer for 2 or 3 hours. That continued strain can fatigue the body, and you’re probably not staying hydrated either. So take breaks, stretch out, relax your eyes, and water your body.

Preventing Insomnia on Modafinil

Insomnia seems like an obvious side effect of a medication that keeps you awake. It’s important to realize that for most people sleeping on Modafinil is virtually impossible. So time your doses accordingly. It’s best to allot at least 12 hours after a 200mg dose. After that, sleeping should be easier. Some people find that it takes closer to 16 hours to be able to sleep. Know yourself. Avoid taking doses later in the day. You might get that late work done, but then you’ll likely end up sitting in front of the TV most of the night cursing the heavens in frustration. Insomnia on Modafinil is nearly always user error.

Preventing Irritability and Agitation on Modafinil

This one is a bit trickier. I myself find that I have a lower tolerance for other people in general. I find that the irritability comes from distractions. I’m correcting a paper, or reading a book, or typing an article, only to have people asking me annoying questions or having a loud conversation around me. Modafinil is not the best drug for social interaction. While you can certainly carry out your business for the day, users generally claim they are more concentrated and more efficient. Efficiency hates unnecessary interruptions.

The solution in my case, and for many others, has been to adapt your working environment to your mental state. For instance, if you normally do a lot of work at home with your children running around, it might be best to invest in an office with a closed door. Or maybe putting on a pair of noise-cancelling headphones is the secret for you. Effectively you have to cut out those distractions which are now more noticeable and more abrasive. A user review once suggested deep breathing exercises while taking a break from working. Again, know yourself. Find what works for you. My method: Take a nice walk with the headphones playing some relaxing music. A good ten minute break puts me in a better mood to deal with people.

Preventing Nausea on Modafinil

Nausea is probably one of the hardest symptoms to manage for a number of reasons. One is that everybody’s stomach is different and what bothers one person may not bother anyone else. I for one eat like a starved refugee at a buffet and I’ve never once had nausea from Modafinil, or really anything else. The bulk of the reviews that I’ve gone over seem to point to one common trend: Eating healthier prevents nausea.

First of all, Modafinil tends to reduce appetite. Eating too much in spite of that response may cause nausea and an upset stomach. So go light on your meals. It’s also not a bad idea to eat something light before dosing. Fruit seems to be very agreeable with Modafinil, as are salads and lighter meats such as fish or chicken. It seems that greasy foods and heavier red meats don’t get along quite as well with Modafinil. Modafinil speeds up most of your systems in general. Diuretics cause your insides to move food and water through the body faster. However the food in question may not be getting adequately digested if it’s a heavy type of food or in large quantities.

So keep it light, and you’ll probably have more success avoiding nausea.

Can Modafinil Cause Serious Side Effects?

There are, in extremely rare (less than 1%) cases, incidents of serious side effects. Some of these include strong mental effects, for instance depression or hallucinations. People prone to mental illness should particularly watch for these. Others can be physical such as an irregular heartbeat or skin rash. Again, these are extremely uncommon, so if they appear you should stop taking Modafinil and speak to a doctor immediately to ensure that the pill is not responsible for the problem.

Fortunately, most people tolerate Modafinil just fine, and you shouldn’t be afraid to try it just because of potential side effects. They are extremely mild in comparison with other prescription drugs, and as you’ve read here the most frequently reported problems are actually quite avoidable and manageable. Just another reason why millions of people have tried Modafinil to date.

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How can Modafinil Help Workers with Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD)?

The Modvigil blog has recently examined some prospective uses for Modafinil. Today we will be looking at one of the on-label uses for Modafinil, that is to say one that doctors actually prescribe the drug as treatment for Modafinil’s potential applications continue to be researched and examined daily. However, it’s interesting to examine one of the more recently approved uses for Modafinil: Treating Shift Work Sleep Disorder.

What is Shift Work Sleep Disorder?

Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD) is a somewhat difficult condition to define precisely because a wide variety of potential symptoms can occur to differing degrees among patients. The name of the disorder does explain a lot, though. The term shift work in this instance refers to regular working hours that fall outside the boundaries of normal sleeping hours.

So what are normal sleeping hours? Every human body differs to some extent in regards to how many hours of sleep they need. This is perfectly normal, and the body’s needs fluctuate throughout life. Children for instance need much more sleep than grown adults, and the elderly often are known for waking up early and sleeping less. Generally speaking the widely-accepted number of 8 hours a day is typical, and coincides nicely with the number of daylight hours.

The human body has evolved to sleep at night. When the eye views darkness for an extended period of time, it triggers the release of melatonin. This neurotransmitter cues up the brain for sleep by making you feel tired or sleepy. Typically this release happens about two hours before you are supposed to go to sleep, and should cease two hours before you wake up. 8 hours of sleep, plus two transitional hours at the beginning and at the end, and you have 12 hours, half a day. In other words, a perfect cycle of twelve up and twelve down.

But what happens when you can’t sleep during those nighttime hours? As anyone who has pulled an all-nighter can attest to, you’ll suffer the consequences later. Your body will try to revert back to its natural rhythm any time you resist it. Ultimately, it is this phenomenon that causes SWSD.

Take a look at this user experience submitted by a Modvigil user named Ryan, from Pennsylvania:

“It’s hard to explain how your body feels working midnight shift (11PM-7AM) unless you’ve experienced it. Of course the first day is almost impossible. Your body is forced to operate about 12 hours longer than normal. A few days pass and you gradually start to adjust. It’s never easy though. Driving to work at night would make me feel tired. The first couple hours of work were groggy, but the lights in the warehouse would wake me up again. Caffeine powered me through the night. I’d leave the warehouse only to be greeted by a blazing sun in the morning. I’d get a second wind, which made it hard to go to sleep once I got home. I’d typically go to bed around 8:30 AM, and wake up at 3:30-4 PM. Except it was never completely perfect sleep. My wife and children would be stomping around the house while I tried to rest. Blackout curtains helped, but light still slipped through the cracks and would wake me up.

Weekends were awful. I’d finish work Saturday morning, and be expected to be up for lunch around 1. Then I would stay up until about 3-4 AM that night due to my habits. The next morning I’d be up around 10 AM on Sunday. By Monday morning, I’d be almost back to a regular schedule, forcing me to do yet another 24 hour day. The horrible cycle of suffering, getting used to it, and returning to normal would occur literally every week.”

There are few things I’d like to highlight from Ryan’s experience. The first is how his natural bodily cycle was constantly being modified or resisted in some way. The second is that even though he was able to sleep for 8 hours a day, the quality of that sleep was nowhere near where it needed to be. And thirdly, he faced a brutal 24 hour Monday every week for a year.

What Effect does Shift Work Sleep Disorder have on People?

You might read that and think “Well suck it up” or “Get a new job” but the reality isn’t so simple. SWSD affects people from all walks of life and all income brackets. From medical professionals to coal miners, dockworkers to fast food restaurant personnel, international currency traders to security guards, SWSD is a reality for the innumerable men and women who work all night so that you don’t have to. Jobs tend to pay better rates for people working these rough hours, and so getting a new job might mean earning less, which for many today is not an option.

Ryan continued his report by telling us about a harrowing experience.

“I realized I had to change something when I was driving home one cloudy morning and I got into a car accident. This was after about a year of working midnights. I could feel myself nodding off the whole way home. I opened the windows, turned up the radio, blasted the AC, whatever I could to stay awake. At a red light I fell asleep and slumped onto the gas pedal, or so I was told. My next memory was me in an ambulance, being hauled off for an MRI. An elderly woman’s car had been hit by mine, leaving her injured. Apparently I had hit a second car after that, injuring an immigrant worker who was the sole breadwinner in her home. My work schedule ended up affecting other people’s lives and wellbeing.”

SWSD ends up leaving people feeling perpetually tired and exhausted and can lead to a lack of focus, energy, and concentration in key moments. It can also lead to incidents such as the one Ryan described.  Unfortunately there is no simple way to manually adjust a person’s circadian rhythms and natural body function. Essentially, those who have to live life beyond the body’s standard clock are doomed to a never-ending discomfort that constantly seeks to do them harm.

What can Modafinil do for Shift Work Sleep Disorder patients?

This is where Modafinil has proven to be a source of relief and stability for these hard working and downtrodden individuals. Clinical trials have shown that Modafinil not only increases energy and focus during difficult working hours, but also helps to regulate the body’s natural rhythms as well.

Modafinil has been proven to give users the energy they need for about 12 hours on a single dose.  This pharmaceutical effect is strong enough to overcome the tiredness associated with SWSD. What this means is that workers who have to trudge through late-night shifts are able to do so at optimum performance, regardless of their previous sleep schedules. How did Modafinil help Ryan with his horrendous Monday routine?

“I started taking Modafinil on a Monday, figuring that I’d have a long day ahead of me as usual. I took two doses that day, one in the morning and one in the evening. The first was around 9 AM and I felt charged up until about 7 PM. I took the second dose at 8, and worked the whole night without a single hiccup. I felt tired at the usual time, when I arrived at home around 8 AM, and went straight to bed. This was without a doubt for me the best Monday I had worked since starting this shift nearly a year ago.”

Modafinil gave Ryan the ability to keep working without letup, despite a grueling schedule and nearly unmanageable workload. But what about long term results? He continues,

“I realized that the 24 hour Monday was the reason I felt tired every week. After using Modafinil for that first Monday, my sleeping hours immediately fell into line so to speak on Tuesday. The rest of the week was a breeze and I had no trouble assuming a normal routine (at least normal for me.)  On the weekends, when I needed to be awake to be with my family, I’d take Modafinil as soon as I woke up, and I’d be ready to go. Come Monday, I’d do another double-dose and switch right back to my midnight schedule as if nothing had happened at all. It somehow made it completely easy to switch from one mode to another.”

This is just one such experience. Modafinil users have consistently shown that taking Modafinil helps with SWSD and makes it possible to live a normal and fulfilling life despite a demanding daily regimen. Today’s jobs exceed the limits of what the human body is naturally capable of. Modafinil not only helps people meet, but go beyond those limits. With a regulated system and regular use Modafinil has aided numerous late-shift workers with their routines, and has helped countless families and individuals in the process.

Should I take Modafinil for Sleep Work Shift Disorder?

If you’re working a difficult shift work job, such as the one Ryan described, you should ask your doctor about Modafinil. SWSD is one of Modafinil’s on-label applications, meaning that it is approved by the FDA for this specific instance. And it has proven to be one of the most effective ways of dealing with SWSD. So if you feel similar to Ryan, or have noticed that your work schedule is getting in the way of your personal life, consider Modafinil as a possible solution. You should always consult your doctor before trying a new medication, but remember that Modafinil is safe, and tested for this exact scenario.

The Modvigil blog will continue to report on Modafinil’s various uses and applications as new research becomes publically available. In addition, we will continue to assess the on-label uses for this amazing pill. Stay tuned and bookmark The Modvigil Blog for more updates on Modafinil’s many benefits.

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Can Modafinil Cure Cocaine Addiction?

The Modvigil Blog continues to explore potential uses for Modafinil. After discussing how Modafinil can help with fatigue related to MS and Cancer treatments, as well as how it may prove useful for depressed adults and children with ADHD, I’d like to take a look at yet another area currently under development.

A small preliminary study has shown that Modafinil seems to help patients to overcome their addiction to cocaine. Cocaine addiction affects thousands of people worldwide. Like any other serious addiction, cocaine can wreak havoc on the addict’s life in numerous ways. Often the first thing we think of when we contemplate addiction to drugs is the financial aspect.  Users will often go to incredible lengths to procure more product, and may find themselves completely destitute financially after a short period of time. Addiction also has serious physical implications, especially when stimulants are involved. Addicts grow malnourished and sickly due to a lack of proper nutrient intake. Late-stage addiction often includes mental problems as well, such as hallucinations or violent mood swings.

It’s easy to laugh off drug addiction as something that is irrelevant and distant from our personal lives. Not all of us are Charlie Sheen after all. But an estimated 2 million Americans used cocaine in the last month, and roughly 20% of those were using crack cocaine, a much more concentrated and dangerous form. Crack cocaine nearly always leads to addiction, while regular powder cocaine is a bit more hit and miss. Regardless, the drug is far more prevalent than many people realize.

Cocaine addiction is difficult to treat, as is any addiction. There is no one singular cure, no magic pill. However that may be starting to change.

How can Modafinil Help Cocaine Addiction?

This is a subject of much debate, even among the clinical researchers themselves. Modafinil’s method of action is still not quite precisely understood, and therefore how it interferes with cocaine’s method of action is somewhat unclear. However if we compare what cocaine does to what Modafinil does, we might start to see some interesting correlations. Cocaine increases the amount of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine in the body. Each of these has a distinct function in cells. Dopamine for instance increases mental alertness, while suppressing appetite. Norepinephrine increases concentration and persistence. Serotonin produces a pleasurable effect with insensitivity to pain and also causes relaxation.

Research has shown Modafinil to also increase the concentration of these same neurotransmitters. While cocaine does it in a more abrupt, all around way, Modafinil seems to do so in a more specialized or localized way. In other words, cocaine affects the entire brain and even the body, while Modafinil appears to affect only parts of the brain in similar ways, and much less in the body.

It’s been suggested that because Modafinil produces a similar, albeit quite different effect, it satisfies the body’s cravings for cocaine and allows users to escape from addiction’s clutches. This seems like a plausible explanation.

Perhaps the answer is more mental, rather than chemical. Modafinil, as anyone who has tried it or has read this blog knows, tends to increase attention, concentration, and ultimately motivation. People simply get things done on Modafinil. It could be that a recovering addict, who sincerely is trying to avoid relapsing into abuse again, is more convicted and dedicated to reaching that goal when he uses Modafinil. This explanation matches with some of the patients’ statements. While the effect could be nothing more than placebo, it merits further examination.

A third theory is that Modafinil reduces or even completely suppresses the effects of other drugs. Users on reddit and other forums have often commented that marijuana seems less potent when they are taking Modafinil. Similar comments have been made regarding cocaine. In my anecdotal experiences with companions who have taken Modafinil in addition to other substances, the results are generally in line with other findings.

Should you take Modafinil if you have a drug addiction?

Drug addiction is a serious situation that needs to be addressed by professionals with expertise and experience in rehabilitation. However it’s worth mentioning that drug addiction, while a consequence of a physical dependency, can only be conquered by mental fortitude. Your body will not miraculously free itself of addiction unless you take control of the situation. Modafinil may be able to help with that, and the research will continue. The jury is still out as to whether Modafinil can really cure cocaine addiction, or any other addiction for that matter, but the results are highly encouraging.

Bookmark the Modvigil Blog and we’ll keep you up to date on the latest developments regarding this, and any other news about Modafinil.

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Can Modafinil Help Cancer Patients?

The Modvigil Blog continues examining different uses and applications for Modafinil. Recently, a study has shown that Modafinil could be beneficial for cancer patients. We’ve also discussed how Modafinil can help Multiple Sclerosis Patients, Children with ADHD, and people suffering from depression. Stay tuned as we continue to explore Modvigil’s potential benefits.

Around the world, oncologists are constantly searching for new ways to combat cancer’s debilitating effects. Millions of dollars are spent every year researching new drugs and testing new therapies and methods to help fight back against a ferocious disease. The battle with cancer is multi-faceted and complex. Not only is it necessary to attempt to remove the deadly cancer cells, but it is also extremely important to protect other healthy cells. In addition, doctors have to consider how to mitigate the immense pain that patients suffer during cancer treatments.

A phase III clinical trial has been underway for the last several years and has recently finished its reports on Modafinil’s benefits for cancer patients. The results are interesting and here on The Modvigil Blog we’ll be examining these results further.

Can Modafinil Cure Cancer?

Let’s start off with a major clarification. Many people who read about cancer treatments find themselves in a desperate situation. It is tempting to look at any rumored or supposed treatment as a cure that could save your life or the life of someone you love. Modafinil is not intended to cure or prevent cancer, and so far there is no evidence that suggests that this is possible.

So What can Modafinil do for Cancer Patients?

One of the most common symptoms reported due to chemotherapy and radiation treatments is fatigue. These crippling treatments are widely used to kill cancer cells, but unfortunately have the unwanted side effect of also damaging healthy cells nearby. Think of it as throwing a grenade at a tumor, blowing up most of it, but having shrapnel imbed itself into nearby healthy tissue.

As the body struggles to repair these cells, in addition to its constant war against the damage being caused by the cancer itself, patients often experience overwhelming fatigue and exhaustion. And the fatigue is not only physical; emotional fatigue often takes its toll on patients as procedures continue to pile up. Stress from high medical bills, family affairs, and the fear of the unknown all amount to a great deal of discomfort. That stress can produce physical and emotional exhaustion. Perhaps most obviously yet most often overlooked is the simple fact that undergoing such difficult treatments often complicates a patient’s sleep schedule and makes getting a full night’s sleep extremely challenging.

This fatigue often makes it difficult for a cancer patient to be self-sufficient. It reduces patients’ autonomy and reduces their freedom. Intense fatigue can be the difference between taking your own shower and needing full time medical care. Understandably, fatigue can be somewhat embarrassing for patients and can increase the burden placed on family other members of a patient’s support group.

Therefore, it’s not entirely surprising that Modafinil could be a helpful tool for cancer patients to overcome their fatigue.  Modafinil has already established a name for itself by giving people the energy needed to conquer any task at hand. Not enough sleep? No problem. Need to pull an all-nighter? Go right ahead. These benefits have become well known to everyone who has taken Modafinil, and now medical researchers have decided to see how it would work for cancer patients.

Does Modafinil Reduce Fatigue in Cancer Patients?

This is the question the researchers sought to answer. They tested about 650 patients with 200mg daily doses of Modafinil. Most of these patients were dealing with chemotherapy or had dealt with other types of invasive procedures. None of them had tried Modafinil before. The trial ran during a 2.5 year period and some of the patients remained on Modafinil the entire time.

The results were not exactly what you might expect. The researchers found that for people with mild to moderate fatigue that Modafinil did not make a very large impact on their overall health. They may have noticed a slight improvement, but in general did not feel that the pill was improving their symptoms significantly. However, very few patients reported negative effects, and it seems that Modafinil does not complicate existing negative symptoms. There were no reports of Modafinil making symptoms worse.

So Modafinil didn’t work? Not quite. For patients who were classified with severe fatigue, the disabling kind that renders you into an immovable object, Modafinil DID work and did seem to greatly improve their symptoms, bringing them on par with other patients in the middle of the pack. As mentioned, this could be a major difference maker in the quality-of-life department for these patients.

The researchers are continuing to refine their data before making official announcements of their recommendations and follow-up studies still need to be performed. Nevertheless, Modafinil has shown to be very helpful for cancer patients with extreme fatigue. It may be beneficial to consult with your doctor and see if Modafinil could benefit you. Given the complexity and intricacy of cancer treatment, do not under any circumstances begin to self-diagnose or change your medication schedule without talking to your doctor first. It’s great to see more options becoming available to people who are suffering from a serious condition, and it’s exciting to see Modafinil lending a helping hand in this area.

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Can Modafinil Help Patients with Multiple Sclerosis?

The Modvigil blog continues to investigate alternative uses for Modafinil. We’ve looked at Modvigil for ADHD, and even taking Modvigil for depression.

This article addresses another area where Modafinil may prove useful: Multiple Sclerosis.

Multiple Sclerosis, often abbreviated MS, is an extremely challenging chronic condition that affects its victims throughout their entire lives. Over 2 million people deal with MS, and it’s a condition that has no cure. If you’re here reading this you’re likely already well acquainted with the mechanical details of this disease, but for the uninitiated here is a quick review.

Multiple Sclerosis is a problem with the nerves in your spinal cord and other parts of your body. Think of the nerves as wires, which transmit electrical impulses. Nerves are essentially organic wires. Now, a wire needs to have a protective coating to prevent short circuits and signal loss. Nerves also have this type of insulation. MS occurs when that insulation is missing, causing unpredictable problems with the brain’s communication to other parts of the body.

As a result one of the most common symptoms of MS is difficulty controlling muscles. This can make walking difficult or even impossible, and also can cause problems with speech and fine motor control in the hands and arms. For a patient this means that even simple basic activities such as brushing your teeth or getting a glass of water require extra effort and concentration. It’s easy for healthy individuals to take this for granted. We perform dozens of mundane activities every day without a single hitch, and rarely appreciate it. MS patients may spend ten times the energy and effort to do the same task. Now imagine compounding that effort times the number of things you must do in a day, times every day of the year.

How Can Modafinil Help People with MS?

Researchers are looking to see if it is possible to use Modafinil to reduce the fatigue that often is associated with MS. As mentioned, that extra effort and concentration that MS patients need to have day in and day out takes its toll on the body and mind. Exhaustion and fatigue are common among MS patients, and this limits their ability to accomplish more tasks in a typical day. This in turn has an impact on the amount of freedom and independence they have. The less you can do, the more someone else has to do.

Modafinil, as is already well known, is an excellent tool for fighting fatigue and tiredness. Whether you need to stay awake all day, or concentrate hard for a study session, Modafinil has proven itself useful in a wide variety of situations. Researchers are looking to see if Modafinil can fight fatigue produced by other conditions. The results for cancer-related fatigue revealed mixed results.

The idea is that Modafinil can help patients to overcome their fatigue and exhaustion and continue to be more productive and self-sufficient despite their condition. The concept isn’t entirely radical; obviously if Modafinil can do this for the average Joe it should be useful for other people.

Does Modafinil Reduce Fatigue in MS Patients?

A 2000 study revealed Modafinil was beneficial and beat placebo in terms of reducing patient fatigue. A 2005 study later seemed to disprove this, but doctors and other researchers denounced it as a poorly conducted experiment. Most of the trials conducted have been smaller pools of patients and have shown mixed results, but most of the results appear to be positive. There haven’t been any negative reactions or harmful side effects.

In 2010, doctors went back through hundreds of patients’ files and looked to find out exactly how beneficial Modafinil is for MS patients.  The results would indicate that Modafinil IS in fact very helpful for MS patients, especially when they experience excessive daytime sleepiness. The doctors reviewing the cases were surprised to find that nearly 70% of the MS patients who reported fatigue as a problem also had this excessive daytime sleepiness. That group benefited much more from Modafinil than the rest. However almost all the patients found it helpful, and many of them continued taking Modafinil for more than a year.

So it’s clear that Modafinil can help MS patients with fatigue and tiredness. But could Modafinil help MS patients in other ways? A new study is currently wrapping up which is going to confirm whether Modafinil is beneficial for memory and learning. Many MS patients have difficulty recalling things from memory, which of course makes learning difficult. The idea is that since Modafinil has shown to be helpful in this regard for students, thus it may also prove useful for MS patients.

The clinical trial is complete but the results have yet to be posted. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes. The trial was launched due to incidental observations of patients taking Modafinil. Some patients showed mental improvement. This study looks to get some hard data on that subject, and hopefully it finds good results.

Should an MS Patient Try Modafinil?

If you or someone under your care is an MS patient and experiences fatigue and sleepiness, especially during the day, then it might be good to ask your doctor about Modafinil. Of course when dealing with a complex condition such as MS, it’s always best to follow your doctor’s orders and dosage instructions. For MS patients results were best with lower doses of Modafinil. They found that 100-200mg daily was ideal.

As more news about Modafinil’s applications arrives this blog will continue to keep you up to date on the latest developments. It’s exciting and fascinating to see these new developments take place. Bookmark The Modvigil Blog to stay on top of the Modafinil scene.

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Can Modafinil Help with Depression?

The Modvigil Blog continues to examine the potential applications for Modafinil. Despite its lengthy existence, it seems that we are just beginning to discover the true potential of this pill for a number of complicated disorders. Recently I posted an article about Modafinil treating ADHD symptoms. But did you know that Modafinil also has been tested to aid patients with depression?

Depression is an extremely complex condition that has yet to be completely understood by neuroscientists and psychologists alike. It’s understood that there is a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes its victims to feel prolonged sadness, lethargy, and a lack of motivation and desire to live. This can be brought on by a number of reasons. Indeed, depression is often caused by a traumatic event such as the loss of a loved one, a divorce, financial worries, or other problematic events common to life. However, it doesn’t always arise from a logical source. Many people find themselves depressed for no apparent reason, and this can make overcoming the depression even more difficult as there is no obvious issue to solve.

Regardless of the cause of depression, one issue is that it tends to linger and can become a chronic problem lasting years. People who have experienced this type of depression describe it as being a horrendous experience, deflating one’s sense of joy and self-worth to sometimes suicidal lows.

Medical treatment for depression has advanced steadily throughout the years. Ever since the discovery of serotonin as a brain transmitter, and then the understanding of chemicals’ effects on the brain, we’ve realized that it’s possible to correct that imbalance using drugs. If you’re an American citizen, you’ve undoubtedly watched dozens of commercials advertising these medicines on almost every channel. Anti-depressants have become a billion dollar industry in their own right.

How can Modafinil Help with Depression?

Firstly, Modafinil’s exact mechanism of action in the brain is so far uncertain and there are only theories which scientists are working to confirm. It’s unlikely that Modafinil directly treats the chemical imbalance that spurs depression onward. Instead, Modafinil seems to have the ability to counteract some of depression’s symptoms.

Consider for a moment the way a depressed person usually feels. Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are common. In addition, sufferers of depression lose interest in their regular activities. Concentration is reduced as a result of this lack of interest. Appetite and sleep are often deregulated, with some patients overdoing one or the other, or both, or perhaps underdoing them entirely. A depressed person usually seems out of energy and lacks a certain ‘spark’ in life.

Now, contrast those symptoms with the way Modafinil makes the average user feel. People feel invigorated, having more energy to perform every sort of task at hand. Concentration and focus greatly increase, making even the most mundane activity bearable and easy to manage. Appetite is usually reduced, but is also simultaneously regulated as people will tend to eat more in the evenings to compensate. Sleep is likewise put under the user’s control; you’ll sleep after the pill wears off, having spent a lot of useful energy during the day. As most Modafinil users will attest, an early-morning dose gives you a new outlook on your usual activities.

This was confirmed in a minor yet very interesting clinical trial. 21 depressed patients were given varying doses of Modafinil in addition to their usual anti-depressant drug. 43% of these patients showed a more than 50% improvement to their score on the Major Depression Inventory, which is a test used to measure depression. Interestingly, the scores dropped in a wide variety of categories. Hostility for example is common in depression, and it was also reduced in Modafinil. This would seem somewhat counter-intuitive as a large number of Modafinil users report feeling more irritable or testy.

So Should I take Modafinil for Depression?

This is merely my assumption, and I’m not a doctor nor do I claim to give any accurate medical advice, but it seems that Modafinil is likely endowing these depressed patients with that missing spark, that extra chemical motivation needed to get up and seize the day. Indeed, the researchers found that somatization (the creation of symptoms with no apparent cause) was reduced, precisely the thing that makes depression so hard to treat.

While this was only a very early clinical trial, it’s backed up by some user experiences as well. An interesting sample from Erowid, submitted in 2006, showed a depressed person who experienced lethargy and an intense desire to sleep. It seems that Modafinil removed that desire, and this seemed to break the cycle of depression.

So if you or someone you know is depressed, and has been sleeping excessively and showing a lack of motivation or energy, perhaps it would be wise for them to visit a doctor to investigate Modafinil as a potential cure for this dearth of dynamism. When combined with an anti-depressant that treats the chemical imbalance responsible for the depressed state, it may prove very useful. Of course, more data needs to be brought in before this is considered an on-label treatment, and it will likely be some time before we get to that point. But for now, it seems that Modafinil is showing promise in yet another area.

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Can Modafinil Help your Child with ADHD?

In light of the recent articles popping up about a clinical trial revealing Modafinil’s “inefficacy” (a subject which was denounced here on this blog), I felt compelled to seek out some other clinical trial results to explore some of the other findings regarding this modern marvel of medicine.

Poring through various clinical trials revealed a great deal about Modafinil’s potential for new applications. While it is currently only marketed and approved for sleep disorders, there are a number of trials that have been completed and many more still underway that aim to apply Modafinil to other types of ailments.

ADHD has become a growing phenomenon in western civilization, primarily in the United States and the UK. More and more students are being diagnosed with ADHD, and while the cause of this rapid spike in patients is a subject of much debate, the solutions have been fairly explicit. Common wisdom is to prescribe an amphetamine-derived medicine such as Ritalin or Adderall. In young children, these seem to have a concentrating effect that helps hyperactive kids to settle down, focus, and study. Likewise, these same drugs have been used outside of their original scope for students. Ritalin has been used by over 20% of some student bodies. Even though some of these students are using it recreationally, many others find it helps them to study and stay focused for long periods of time.

Therefore, we can see an interesting parallel between these frequently prescribed ADHD drugs and Modafinil. Modafinil has grown very popular among students for its ability to increase focus and impart energy for long durations. Apparently, some researchers felt it would be interesting to see if this effect could translate to ADHD students in the same way Ritalin and Adderall do.

The results are astounding. In one large trial backed by Cephalon, the maker of Modafinil’s brand name product Provigil, over 900 students have been given Modafinil. Interestingly, a large single dose of 300mg has proven most effective. Most of the children are under 12 years old, and the trials had far more boys than girls. Boys generally have a higher likelihood of being dosed with ADHD. Over 50% of the participants showed a noticeable benefit over placebo, with the overall improvement being identified as roughly 30%. In order to measure students, school faculty used the ADHD-RS-IV School Version test. You can see it for yourself: ADHD test for schools. The total scores dropped from nearly 40 to just under 21.

Only 1% of the students dropped out due to adverse effects, which most noticeably were loss of appetite and headaches. These effects are well known to adults, who can take steps to manage them. It’s much harder to force a child to eat, however.

Why is Cephalon Testing Modafinil for ADHD?

Modafinil is currently not approved by the FDA for treatment of ADHD symptoms. However it’s important for us to note how the drug market works. If a drug is found to be useful for a new type of treatment, the original company can re-gain its patent application for this specific us. This means that Cephalon, who is currently losing a great deal of money due to generic manufacturers, can acquire a new patent that requires doctors to only prescribe Provigil as the treatment for ADHD, and generics will again be left out in the cold. The limit for this type of patent is 3 years, and it is only granted if the company has invested money into the trials. The aforementioned trial is by far the largest, and has completed Phase 3 testing, meaning that upon publication of the results, Modafinil may be approved for ADHD treatment. As a result, Cephalon would reap all of the profits for the next 3 years.

Should my Child Take Modafinil for ADHD?

This site is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or condition, and you should always talk with a doctor beforehand. However, given the rapid progress of clinical trials, the proven safety of Modafinil in adults and so far in children, it seems inevitable that it will be cleared for this application. Given that Modafinil is available in generic form, it would make sense to purchase it this way as opposed to paying for the brand name prescription drug that will be released, and will cost a great deal more.

Modafinil could in fact benefit your child’s ADHD symptoms. If your child is already taking medicines such as Ritalin or Adderall, generic Modafinil could be a cheaper and safer solution. Amphetamines are known to have addictive properties and tolerance does build. So far, the clinical trials of Modafinil show zero withdrawal symptoms and no tolerance. After a 7-week trial, a 2-week withdrawal was performed with no major issues, aside from a regression to previous ADHD behavior.

Keep an eye on the news. If Modafinil is approved, you should consult your doctor about Modafinil for your child with ADHD. And If it is indicated, the best thing to do would be to figure out what dosage your child needs. These clinical trials have tested a wide variety of doses, and have found 200-300mg doses once a day to be very effective. Nevertheless, some of the trials have experimented with extended release formulations and twice-daily dosage. It would not be wise to simply buy 200mg pills of Modafinil from a site such as and start feeding them to your child without knowing if that amount is adequate or even safe for your child. Different weights and ages also require different doses. Your pediatrician will know best.

It’s promising to see Modafinil expand into this arena which so far has very few options to help worried parents and their afflicted children. A pill that has done wonders for adults may soon be revolutionizing the way we take care of our kids. Of course, the Modvigil blog will always be on top of the latest news, keeping you informed about the newest applications for Modafinil.

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