Modafinil is a drug developed for the treatment of narcolepsy ( a pathological condition characterized by excessive sleep) and obstructive sleep apnea. However, in recent years, its use for increased concentration, cognitive ability, and awakening has become very popular. Especially in academic settings, it is estimated that 1/4 of the students at major universities have tried Modafinil.
Many people already use drugs to boost their thinking. Among the most common substances in this use, e can mention caffeine, ephedrine and ritalin. Meanwhile, modafinil is making a fortune and being sold scary all over the world. It is the intelligence pill of the moment. Its popularity is so great that scientists already do research on its effects and come to have surprising results.
The personal reports also attest improvement in several aspects, but at what price does it come? Is the drug really safe? Who can and who can not make use of? We will explain the basic concepts of this substance and clarify the risks of its use, especially when it is not preceded by medical advice.
Modafinil’s main action is to increase the concentration of dopamine, norepinephrine, acetylcholine and serotonin in the synaptic cleft. These neurotransmitters are directly related to the state of alertness and sleep, being predominant in the regulation of the circadian cycle. This increase results in an increase in concentration power and a decrease in the need for sleep, extending the awakening period. With this, modafinil ends up producing psychological effects like excitement and increased self-confidence.
Its most common mode of use is the ingestion, once a day, of a tablet of two hundred milligrams. It is usually taken in the morning in the treatment of narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea.
In fact this medicine should only be prescribed for patients with specific pathologies and also have health capacity compatible with its use. But the specific contraindications are for children, hypertensives and people with a history of cardiac arrhythmias.
The side effects caused by modafinil are irritability, excitement, tremors, dizziness, headache, nausea, abdominal pain, high blood pressure and palpitations. These effects can be very dangerous, especially for those who have heart or circulatory problems, precipitating arrhythmias and vascular accidents. It has also been reported the appearance of skin problems arising from the use.
There are people like Dave Asprey, who claim to have used the drug for several consecutive years, without any side effects and have made great profits. He also claims to have “learned” to operate his body more efficiently.
In UK, the intelligence pill is distributed under the name of Vilafinil. But abroad it is marketed under nicknames like Provigil, Vigil, Modioda, Modavigil, Vigicer, among many others.
Many studies have been carried out regarding the beneficial effects or not of modafinil. Although it is widely agreed that the drug is only available on prescription, there has even been a manifesto signed by researchers at seven US universities asking for drug release, as their improvement in cognitive ability would bring a number of benefits to science.
The UK Ministry of Defense has also done a very interesting study with several drugs including Modafinil and its effects in the military, and the results are quite interesting.
Although it is not uncommon to hear that the use of intelligence stimulants is magnificent and does not have side effects, the consequences that their use may cause are unclear. There are healthier ways to plan your time and instigate your mind to get the results you need. Starting with diet and physical activity. Would it be worth it to risk his health in return for hours of concentration and excitement? Assert your intelligence right now, opt for the healthy path to reach your goals. The ride may seem long, but it will certainly be safer!