Ever since I watched the movie “Limitless“, I wondered if such a pill existed. Who isn’t attracted to the idea of a pill that unlocks your brains potential. Making you hundreds of time smarter than everyone else. It would be a life changing advantage.
After some searching I came across what was supposed to be the real life Limitless pill, Modafinil.
After some searching, I found it and was determined to get my hands on these pills as soon as possible. The only problem is, its not popular on the streets, so your local drug dealer probably doesn’t carry it. There are only 2 possible choices, get a script or order a knock off from India, I did both.
Modafinil is also sold in the US under the following brands : Alertec, Alertex, Provigil, Nuvigal
How to Get Modafinil Legally
After looking around and asking others online, I didn’t seem as if getting Modafinil would be an issue. I was refereed to a few off shore pharmacies that would ship into the US without a script. The easiest of which would be from India.
The Indian version of Modafinil is called, Modalert. I was told by some that it is the exact same compound, just in generic form. While others disagreed and said the production quality isn’t the same, thus its an inferior product.
Modalert (Adrafinil) Vs Modafinil
It turns out that Modalert is actually Adrafinil, a Pro-drug that when taken is metabolized into Modafinil. So its not exactly the same drug. When comparing reports from others, the difference starts to stands out. Adrafinil has more reports of adverse effects, like sleepiness, headaches and rashes.
Knowing this I decided to skip the import route and get it from the source. Time to schedule a doctors appointment.
Getting a prescription for Modafinil
Getting a script was very easy. It turned out that I had a legitimate reason, Work-shift Disorder. I told my Doctor about my hectic schedule and moving work shift. Before I had even mentioned Modafinil, he wrote me a script for Nuvigil.
It seemed that all was going good, so with script in hand, the next stop was a local drug store. The copay was expensive, but I pulled the trigger and got a bottle.
My Experience with Modafinil
An hour after my first dose, I noticed the “clear headedness” that so many have reported. Image trying to talk to someone in a noisy room, then stepping out to carry on the conversation. You could understand and hear them perfectly in the noisy room, but stepping away makes it easier. Thats the best way I can describe it, its like doing the same with your thoughts. That part was OK and made the drug worth taking for sometime.
What I liked about Modafinil as a Nootropic:
- Sharp focus
- Boost in alertness and awareness
- Pick up in energy
- Boost in productivity
- Get more productive hours out of the day
Ultimately, I stopped using Nuvigil before even making it half way through the bottle, heres why
The Downside of Modafinil
The side effects of taking Modafinil out weight the benefits. After reading all the hype I was ultimately let down by this Nootropic. Yes, Modafinil does give you razor sharp focus on single tasks, but it is not the NZT-48, or at least what I imagined it would be. Even thought it did give me that clear headed cognitive effect it also has the following negative side effects.
Negative side effects:
- Easily zoned out: you can easily waste time starring at the computer screen
- Total loss of creative thinking: great for mindless tasks, but not problem solving
- Difficulty multitasking: although you are able to focus very well on single preset tasks, you are unable to create new tasks or thoughts
- Extremely sleepy after a few hours: terrible sleepiness thats almost pain full
- Unable to sleep: no matter how you feel, your eyelids refuse to stay down
Here are some precautions
- Coffee makes it worse! When I wake up I have a cup of coffee. I have a cup after that and follow with a few more cups through out the day. If I’m about to sit down and take care o business, I have a couple extra cups. So, yes I’m very addicted to caffeine and see no reason to stop.
- Coffee makes Nuvigil go into over drive, amplifying all the negative effects. To be sure it was the coffee, I tried taking Modafinil without coffee a few times for comparison. Even thought I still experiences all the negatives, they weren’t as bad without caffeine.
- Alcohol and Modafinil just don’t mix. After a long day, I decided to meet up with some friends and go out. This, I thought would be a good opportunity to test how long I can stay up. and party. I popped a pill and headed out to meet up. A couple of hours in we started to have a few drinks.
- The first shot went right to my head, making me dizzy and a little nauseous. It felt like I woke up with a hang over, not pleasant. I stopped drinking right after that, but felt the same the entire night.
- Chances of developing Steven-Johnson syndrome. I didn’t experience this, but think its important to mention. There is a slight possibility of having an adverse and life threatening reaction to Modafinil. The risks maybe down played by there are a few current cases of people developing Steven-Johnson syndrome from Modafinil.
So, I decided to try Adrafinil a.k.a Modalert
At this time I had already decided to discontinue using Nuvigil, but didn’t wont to give up hope. I had a script, so I wouldn’t be braking the law, I think and Modalert from India was cheaper than my co-pay, so why not?
I went online and order from the pharmacy in India that was recommended to me earlier. It didn’t take more than a week for the package to arrive. A single blister pack of Adrafinil in an unmarked package. Looked shady but the product was official.
So how does Modalert stack up to Modafinil ?
They are basically the same, I didn’t detect any major cognitive difference’s between the two. Both produce almost the same positive and negative effects. One thing that I did notice is that my stomach had a slight burning sensation. After a couple more tries, I decided to toss them in the trash.
Don’t Believe the Hype
Besides what I have read online form others. There is also a ton of media hype surrounding this drug.
From local news coverage to 30 minute specials on the drug. It makes me wonder about the what the medias real motivation for all the coverage is. Pharmaceutical companies pay millions if not billions in kick backs for the sale and prescription of their products.
So why would this be any different?
Who is to say that the media coverage is not geared by promotional spending? Increasing the demand for the legal as well as illegal use of their products. Other pharmaceutical have been fined millions for promoting their medications illegally. Advertisements are hidden everywhere, its just a matter of identifying them