Modafinil (Provigil) vs. Adderall : Why Modafinil is better than Adderall
Do you fell less motivated, sleepy and out of focus lately? Do these symptoms hinder you from performing at your best when doing your daily routines?
You may have narcolepsy; a condition that makes you feel sleepy even during daytime. If the issue is your child’s inability to focus then this can be an “Attention Deficit Disorder; a problem that has been affecting one out of 5 kids in U. S.
However, you must know that there is a way to make life even better, whether if it be for you or your child. Your doctor may prescribe you a gold standard smart drug which is formulated to increase focus and wakefulness. The most common ones are Modafinil and Adderall. These drugs are used to treat:
- Narcolepsy – Effective in helping you feel a sense of wakefulness.
- ADHD – For cognitive impairment . However, you need to know that only Adderall is FDA approved. Modafinil on the other hand is only prescribed by psychiatrist off-label.
Modafinil and Adderall are both nootropic drugs. Hence, they are similar in some aspects. But they differ in a lot of ways. This only proves that nootropics can have different effects on their users and this can be because of several physiological factors. Below are some of the details about these drugs:
What it is
This is often termed as a “magic pill”. It is designed to work simultaneously on multiple brain processes to come up with the desired stimulation. According to scientists, this affects Glutamate, GABA, Histamine as well as Noradrenaline nurotransmitters.
Once you take Modafinil, you will have a natural sense of being alert or awake. It also keeps you more motivated, hence increasing your productivity. It elevates your mood slightly, thereby enhancing your ability to focus for a prolonged period of time.
What makes it better than Adderall?
- Does not have all the side effects that Adderall has.
- Lighter on the body but as potent as Adderall.
- A safer option for ADD management.
- Enhances cognitive function even among healthy individuals.
- Rarely causes side effects which are anxiety and headache.
- Healthy individuals taking it do not usually experience side effects.
- Does not cause any withdrawal symptoms.
- Unlike Adderall, it does not burn tissues for energy.
- Best for students who want to score “A” on their exams.
- Does not cause overstimulation, even when it heightens all senses, as long as taken at the right dosage.
- Offers the best of 2 worlds; both effective and safe.
The latest modern research for cognitive enhancers yield another product named “Armodafinil”. It’s Modafinil’s cousin. This is a better version of Modafinil which separates the product’s side effects from its cognitive enhancing properties.
What it is
This is used for ADD or ADHD because it works on one’s mental state to keep the person calm. With calmness comes the ability to focus well on a certain task. If you don’t’ have ADD or ADHD, this drug will serve as a stimulant that can affect you both physically and mentally. This is because the drug is made up of 4 different amphetamine salts. In fact, it is 100% amphetamine. For those who still don’t know, amphetamine is considered to be the earth’s strongest stimulant. For this, it carries along the greatest side effects as well. It may combat sleepiness and help the person overcome fatigue. However, it comes with many downsides and many doctors who over prescribe it fail to explain this part to their patients.
Unlike Modafinil, Adderall works on Norepinephrine, Dopamine and Serotonin neurotransmitters. This results to a state of psychostimulation.
Increases focus of individuals with attention deficit problems. But one has to weigh the risk that the drug can cause to know if it’s worth taking as a cognitive enhancer. It works both on the peripheral and central nervous systems. Hence, it relieves narcolepsy with the sudden surge of adrenaline. It causes increased blood flow to the heart and muscles. This ends up with the feeling of invigoration and increased focus.
Possible Side Effects:
The person needs greater dose over time to experience the same result.
You may drain all your energies when trying to detox your body from the drug. It is not easy to clean your system from it.
- Cardiovascular Effects
Causes increased heart rate and disrupt the function of your cardiovascular system.
- May cause anxiety, mania and euphoria.
- GIT Problem
May cause weight loss, loss of appetite, stomach pain, dry mouth and diarrhea
- Speaking Problem
Modafinil and Adderall are both common prescription drugs to manage narcolepsy and ADD/ADHD. Though they are both effective nootropics, some off label usage are noticed among people who want to improve in their cognitive ability and productivity. There are countless claims expressed by their users. Some would say that Modafinil acts like a potent coffee while Adderall has more focus producing and stimulating effects. The downside of the latter though is experiencing neurological burnout as well as emotional and energy crash after consecutive days of use. Customer reviews maybe helpful but nothing compares to an expert advice. So consult your doctor first and only take these drugs under his medical supervision.