How to choose the best Modafinil dose?
Modafinil is becoming quite popular in recent years for its effectiveness in treating sleep-related disorders such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea or shift work sleep disorder. [R]
However, its true fame was given by its notoriety as being the closest thing to the “Limitless pill” because of its obvious cognitive enhancement.
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 basically any activity.
Determining which would be the best Modafinil dosage for you will help you avoid unwanted side-effects, keep tolerance in check and get the most out of Modafinil.
To answer this key question concerning 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 and then wash it down with coffee or something else to get rid of the taste.
People prefer sublingual administration because 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, as they can dull the effects of Modafinil. For optimal performance, it’s best that you not eat while the main effects are on, though you should make sure that you’re constantly hydrating. It’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re laser-focused and forget that you’re getting 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 or not you’ve eaten beforehand.
Sublingual intake basically compresses the 25-60 minute come-up into 5 minutes, which 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, though these numbers may vary from individual to individual.
Modafinil’s long-lasting effects may be an advantage in the sense that 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 really depends on what “getting high” means to you. Most commonly, getting high 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 that heightened state of wakefulness and slightly stimulated mood as a more gentle version of amphetamines, though 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 a day’s use of Modafinil because of the difficulty of getting physically 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.
Although the FDA hasn’t approved Modafinil as an effective treatment for narcolepsy, there is enough evidence to support this claim. If you suffer from narcolepsy and would like to test out 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 most commonly prescribed in 200 mg doses. However, the right Modafinil dose for you may be different, especially if you’re not taking it for health reasons. [R]
Just because Modafinil comes in two standard doses doesn’t imply that you should take exactly that much. The optimum dose for any drug is defined as being the highest quantity to produce the desired effects while still saying in the safe side in terms of 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 minimum side-effects.
It’s an experimental process in which choosing the right dosage for Modafinil is a subjective matter that only you and your physician can determine.
Some information regarding the effects generated by 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg or 400 mg of Modafinil might help you make the best choice for your purposes.
Although this is a quarter of a typical Modalert, Provigil or Modvigil tab, it can be very effective in boosting your creativity and productivity, especially when 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 in 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.
Personally, I usually take 100 mg of Modafinil because I want to make sure that I’m stimulated enough to achieve my daily goal of quality writing. I did have periods when I would take Modafinil for multiple days in a row, and the moment when 100 mg of Modafinil stopped being effective signaled that I should definitely have a one-week break.
Most doctors prescribe patients a single dose of 200 mg to be taken once a day. It’s also many ambitious people’s preferred dose to achieve that energetic state of laser-like focus.
If you’re taking Modafinil for cognitive enhancement, you shouldn’t be starting with this dose. If you feel that you’re getting enough from 100 mg of Modafinil, then you should stay at that level.
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, 100 mg in the afternoon and some extra sleep aid in the night, as sleeping may be difficult after you’ve taken this much 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”, and 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 a single 200 mg dose of Modafinil. As nootropics are quite quirky, the best approach is to not presume anything before testing it out and seeing what works best for you.
A 400 mg dose of Modafinil, or two standard Modafinil tablets is considered by many too much. There’s also no scientific evidence to support the increased effectiveness of taking this much.
Beginners have reported negative side-effects such as anxiety, nausea and headaches when talking about taking this much 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 people who’ve just started taking Modafinil is to think that it functions the same way 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) and seem to be quite satisfied with it.
Others also use smaller doses in stacks with other nootropics that potentiate the effects of Modafinil.
It’s very important that you get your Modafinil from trustworthy vendors.
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!