How to choose the best Modafinil dose?
Modafinil is popular for its effectiveness in treating sleep-related disorders. These are narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea or shift work sleep disorder. [R]
However, its true fame comes from its notoriety as the closest thing to the “Limitless pill“.
This is enough for any person who wants to be better at life to give it a try.
(Not before being informed, of course, especially when it comes to Modafinil dosage.)
Obviously, too much or too little is counterproductive when it comes to any activity.
Determining the optimal Modafinil dosage minimizes tolerance and side effects. On top of that, it maximizes its benefits.
To answer this key question “how to choose the best Modafinil dose?”, it’s best to also know how to use it responsibly.
There are two popular ways to take Modafinil: orally or sublingually.
Modafinil is usually swallowed with water because this is the most convenient way. You would best take it after you’ve eaten to avoid getting irritable.
Another way to take Modafinil is to hold it under your tongue for ten to fifteen minutes. Wash it down afterward with coffee or something else to get rid of the taste.
Some people prefer sublingual administration. The effects are stronger and the onset and offset are shorter.
Taking Modafinil sublingually will result in higher concentrations in your bloodstream.
Also, the Modafinil wears off faster this way, which can make going to sleep at night easier.
Once the effects have kicked in, you should avoid eating heavy foods. This can dull the effects of Modafinil.
For optimal performance, it’s best that you not eat while the main effects are on. Furthermore, you should make sure that you’re constantly drinking water.
It’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re laser-focused and forget that you’re thirsty.
When taking Modafinil orally, it can take anywhere between 25 to 60 minutes for the effects to fully kick in. The time it takes varies so much because it depends on whether you’ve eaten beforehand.
Sublingual intake basically compresses the 25-60 minute come-up into 5 minutes. This will make the effects seem obvious after one or two minutes of keeping the tablet under your tongue.
Modafinil has a half-life of around 16 hours. You’ll be feeling the main effects for around 8 to 10 hours.
Still, these numbers may vary from individual to individual.
Modafinil’s long-lasting effects may be an advantage. One single dose is enough for a whole day of productivity.
It may be difficult to go to sleep at night, though. That’s why it’s best to take it sometime in the morning after you’ve had breakfast.
Being high is quite an abstract term and it depends on what “getting high” means to you.
Getting high usually has a lot to do with recreational drug use, most commonly with marijuana.
By some accounts, Modafinil will do the complete opposite of getting you high. It will get you as sober as you’ll ever be.
Other people regard the wakefulness and stimulation as a subtle version of amphetamine.
Modafinil qualifies as a eugeroic (wakefulness promoting agent) and not a stimulant. [R]
People tend to put down the recreational use of Modafinil, calling it the “least fun drug” to be on.
Still, many college students seem to enjoy drinking after taking Modafinil. Usually, this is because of the difficulty of getting drunk.
If you’re suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, shift work sleep disorder or narcolepsy, then the FDA has set the normal dose at 200 mg.
You will find many brands such as Provigil, Modalert or Modvigil that come in 200 mg tablets.
The FDA hasn’t approved Modafinil as an effective treatment for narcolepsy. Still, there is enough evidence to support this claim. If you have narcolepsy and want to test Modafinil, consult your physician beforehand. The best dose for ADHD would likely be around 100 mg and 200 mg. [R]
The FDA settled that Modafinil is best produced to be taken in two types of doses: 100 mg and 200 mg. Following the results of this study, Modafinil is usually prescribed in 200 mg doses. However, the right Modafinil dose for you may vary, especially if you’re healthy. [R]
Just because Modafinil comes in two standard doses doesn’t imply that you must stick to that. The optimal dose for any drug varies from individual to individual. Basically, it’s the lowest quantity needed to produce the desired effects. This helps to minimize long-term and short-term unwanted side effects.
You should start low (25-50 mg) and work your way up until you reach that “sweet spot” of effectiveness combined with the lowest side-effects.
It’s an experimental process. Choosing the right Modafinil dosage is a subjective matter.
Information about the effects of 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg or 400 mg of Modafinil will help you make the best choice.
50 mg of Modafinil is a quarter of a Modalert, Provigil or Modvigil tab. It can be very effective in boosting creativity and productivity. Extra “points” if taken sublingually.
This dose is enough for the usual day at the office when you need to be extra sharp and can be taken multiple times a day.
A 50 mg dose of Modafinil is the perfect place to start if you’re a beginner.
If you feel that 50 mg doesn’t quite produce the desired effects, then you can safely up the dose to 100 mg.
A 100 mg dose can either be a full tablet or a half tablet of Modafinil. A 100 mg dose of Modafinil is the threshold dose for people who suffer from narcolepsy.
I like to take 100 mg of Modafinil. I want to make sure that I’m stimulated enough to achieve my daily goal of quality writing. Still, I did have periods when I would take Modafinil for multiple days in a row. The moment when 100 mg of Modafinil stopped working signaled that it’s time for a one-week break.
Most doctors prescribe patients a single dose of 200 mg to be taken once a day. It’s also many people’s ideal dose to achieve that energetic state of laser-like focus
If you’re taking Modafinil for cognitive enhancement, avoid starting with 200 mg.
Don’t be greedy. If you feel that you’re getting enough from 100 mg of Modafinil, then you should stay at that level.
Still, if you’re going to take 200 mg of Modafinil in a day, you can also consider splitting doses. Take 100 mg in the morning and 100 mg in the afternoon. Use some extra sleep aid in the night, as sleeping may be difficult after 200 mg of Modafinil.
That said, a 200 mg dose of Modafinil will produce more pronounced effects than 100 mg of Modafinil. That doesn’t mean that you’ll get more out of the experience, though.
Sometimes, half a tablet might be your best choice when it comes to “getting in the zone”. Anything above will just lead to more pronounced side-effects (jitteriness, anxiety, restlessness, dehydration).
Anectodal reports seem to vary when it comes to choosing between two 100 mg doses or one 200 mg dose of Modafinil.
Nootropics can be quite quirky. The best approach is to not presume anything before testing and seeing what works best.
A 400 mg dose of Modafinil, or two standard Modafinil tablets is considered by many too much. There’s no scientific evidence to support the increased effectiveness of taking 400 mg.
Beginners have reported anxiety, nausea and headaches when taking 400 mg of Modafinil.
Experienced users may take this much because tolerance has already developed. [R]
This might not be the best choice. As stated above, when feeling that the Modafinil has “lost its magic”, a break is more than welcome.
A common mistake made by beginners is to think that it functions as other stimulants.
“Up the dosage, maximize the effects!”, you would think..
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Some people actually microdose modafinil (taking doses <25 mg). If this works for you, there’s no reason to increase.
Stacking smaller doses with nootropics that potentiate the effects of Modafinil is quite popular
Once you’ve got some quality Modafinil, just be patient, start low and up the dose if you feel that you need more.
More important than that, know when to stop and remember to take periodic breaks!