Modafinil is among the most used drug today due to its benefit for causing alertness in the body of its user. Once taken it takes about 25-40 minutes before it kicks in.

There are many brands available online for sale, some of the names include;

  • Provigil
  • Modavigil
  • Alertec
  • Nuvigil

What is its specific use?

This drug prescription is for the treatment of excessive sleepiness most commonly associated with obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy or shift work sleep disorder. It is unwise to buy this drug without consulting your doctor for you to get the appropriate dosage.

Legality of Modafinil

In the UK it is not illegal to buy, but it is illegal to sell without a prescription. In the USA it is classified as Schedule IV thus it is a controlled substance under the federal law. DEA registered importer only imports it.

Consumer knowledge when buying and taking Modafinil

It is insisted that you inform your healthcare provider when you take Provigil or any other of its brand.

Avoid doing tasks that will require your alertness like driving; it is not a stimulant.

Long-term use may cause tolerance or dependence.

When taking Provigil, avoid alcohol, its interaction with the drug has unfavorable side effects.

It is vital that you visit the doctor to have your blood pressure checked often. Additionally, ensure you have hart test before you start treatment.

Modafinil interaction with caffeine and chocolate is not peaceful; it is safe to limit the amount of tea, cola or coffee as it may cause nervousness, increase the heartbeat and body shake.

Watch out for violent reactions that may occur with Provigil and report to a doctor immediately should the following happen; body rash, fever or swollen glands. It may be caused by the failure of a body organ like the liver.

For those who are over 65 years older, should use this drug carefully as it could have more side effects.

If you are breastfeeding or taking birth control pills, inform the doctor as there are associated risks to the feeding baby and also may cause ineffectiveness in the prevention of pregnancy when using pills.

Ways of taking Modafinil

For narcolepsy or sleep apnea, take the prescription in the morning.

For shift work sleep disorder, take it one hour before you start working.

You can take it with or without food.

If you miss a dose, take once you remember, if it is near bedtime do not take; instead, you wait for the usual routine; this does not mean that you take two doses at the same time, it is an overdose.

What are the side effects of Modafinil?

All drugs cause side effects; most people mostly have minor side effects. Get medical help if the below side effects prolong

The Inability to sleep.


Back pain.

Runny or stuffy nose.

Stomach upset.


A headache.