Modafinil is a prescription-only medication used to promote wakefulness in the body and is generally used as a treatment for sleep conditions such as narcolepsy, helping the sufferer to combat symptoms such as falling asleep unexpectedly in the middle of the day.
However, it is also used by people to boost their concentration and productivity as it works by enhancing mental energy and focus. While it is generally safe, it is a prescription-only drug and should only ever be used under the guidance of a health professional.
It works by stimulating the parts of the brain linked to being awake, alert and motivated, helping people to stay awake, which is why it is used largely for sleep disorders. There can be side effects from using Modafinil, which is believed to be the strongest wake-promoting drug out there.
It was developed for treating people suffering from narcolepsy, which can cause patients to fall asleep in the daytime, suffer irregular sleeping patterns and feel constantly tired as a result.
It is also used to treat other sleep disorders and conditions which cause fatigue during the day or cause problems with concentration. Others have been known to use it as a focus enhancer, for example, when studying for exams.
However, it is important to understand the potential impact of taking a drug of this strength and you should always read the patient information leaflet to make sure you understand the possible side effects which you could be faced with.
Some of the common side effects from taking this medication include feeling dizzy, headaches, feeling irritable, nervousness, sleep problems and a dry mouth. It can also sometimes cause nausea and diarrhoea.
There are some other more serious potential side effects which users need to be aware of with Modafinil, although these are quite rare. If you have any of these side effects it is important to stop taking it straight away and to seek medical help. Serious side effects include: fever with a rash and sore throat, bruising and bleeding, sores or white areas inside your mouth or on your lips, pains in the chest area, or an irregular heartbeat.
Modafinil has also been reported to impact on mental health potentially by causing anxiety, hallucinations, aggression, strange thoughts or behaviour, and depression. Again, these are rare side effects but you need to be aware of the possibility that they could occur.
Long-term regular use of Modafinil can cause a condition known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. This is rare but life-threatening skin condition and is normally related to a psychological problem.
There is a potential to develop tolerance to Modafinil so some users have periods of use, followed by periods of not using the drug, to avoid this problem. Always talk to your doctor about plans to change your dosage and the best way to manage taking this medication.
Modafinil is only available on prescription, so you can get it after seeing your doctor, or by using an online pharmacy service, but only if your medical questionnaire is approved by a registered doctor working for the online service.
If you order the drug online it is important to give the online team as much information as you can about your medical history including all health conditions and any other medication which you are taking that might interact with it.
There are a number of medications which interact with Modafinil, so inform your doctor if you use any of these: blood thinning medication, antidepressants, antifungals, seizure medication, MAO inhibitors, SSRIs, and any other medication, vitamins or supplements which you are taking.
It can also lower the effectiveness of any hormone-based contraception which you are using so you need to take this into account and if you become pregnant while taking this drug, you must let your doctor know.
Modafinil also interacts with alcohol and can have an addiction potential so if you have ever suffered from a drug or alcohol addiction in the past you must let your doctor know, before taking this medication. You should not drink alcohol while taking Modafinil.
If you are prescribed Modafinil for a sleep disorder such as narcolepsy, it should be safe to use it as long as you follow all of the guidelines from your medical practitioner, and avoid drinking alcohol while taking it. It’s important to read the patient information leaflet to familiarise yourself with all of the potential side effects.