Armodafinil vs Modafinil – Everything You Need to know

For a long time, I had been worried about how stress had taken over my life. I mean, routine can become such a stressful thing to deal with, you know? There were days when I wouldn't sleep well, which would pretty much ruin my sleep cycle for the rest of the week. As a result, I was irritable, a lot, and just constantly moody and restless throughout the day. 

Did it affect my personal life? Absolutely. My family had noticed how I just wasn't the best company to be around sometimes. Of course, they understood that it wasn't entirely intentional; humans are highly susceptible to being physically and mentally affected by too much workload and stress. 

I visited a doctor, eventually, who suggested meditation, exercising, even taking a vacation if my schedule permitted it. Obviously, it didn't, and it felt like I was back to square one after a few weeks. 

That's when I took to my good friend, the internet, and looked for answers on how I could deal with my situation in a more effective way.
Most of my searches were something like this:

"How to deal with stress"

"Medicines to boost brain performance"

"Dealing with mental slowness"

Discovering Nootropics

After a good amount of research, I came across a certain branch of medication that was popularly being used by a bunch of people, at least that's what I understood from the reviews and articles I stumbled upon. This is when I read about "Modafinil" for the first time ever, and I was both amused and pleasantly surprised. 

There's a certain apprehension that anyone would have in the beginning; drugs that boost brain power? Is it safe? Will it cause any permanent damage? Is it legal to take these? Is it all just a gimmick that will cost me dearly later on? 

I had a plethora of questions swirling around in my mind, but further research helped me realize what exactly Modafinil is and how it could help me. 

What are Modafinil and Armodafinil

Modafinil is a prescription drug that can help with a number of brain-boosting needs. There's also Armodafinil that came up as I dig deeper into what this drug can do, which I'll talk about in a bit. 

Let's get a little technical about it. Modafinil is also known as Provigil, something that is important to remember if and when you decide to use it. It's a “smart drug” that is non-amphetamine and helps people who have sleeping problems and lethargy. Armodafinil is also basically the same, alternatively called “Nuvigil”, and much to my delight both these drugs are FDA approved

How are these two drugs different? 

You could say that Armodafinil is the slightly enhanced or advanced version of Modafinil, but this doesn't exactly mean that it's better than the latter either. Of course, no two people react in the exact same way to the consumption of any drug. Something that works great for me might not work the same for someone else in my family (I'm saying this out of multiple experiences of course). 

Modafinil consists of a substance called “R” and “S” enantiomers. Enantiomers are molecules that are identical or mirror each other and form a compound or chain of compounds when put together. Armodafinil consists of only the “R” enantiomers, which I learned, later on, is the more important one of the two enantiomers. 

Let me pay out the key differences for you: 

  • Armodafinil is kind of the more pure or refined version of Modafinil 
  • In terms of half-life, the two drugs are the same, but armodafinil lasts longer in the body and hence, it has more effectiveness and utility too. 
  • You need to take only 3/4th of armodafinil when compared with a full dosage of modafinil. So, if you consume 200 mg of modafinil, you'll need only 150 mg of armodafinil for the same results. 
  • In terms of functionality, the two drugs are pretty much identical. They differ mainly regarding absorption, metabolism, distribution and so on. 
  • Armodafinil is definitely more expensive than modafinil because of higher potency and lower dosage requirements. 
  • Modafinil has existed in the market at least 8 years longer than armodafinil, but they're both approved nonetheless. 

I did figure out though that if someone already has issues with insomnia and cannot seem to sleep on time, armodafinil might be too much to handle and might actually aggravate the issue. 

What else do these drugs help with? 

  • Increases energy in general and also improves focus, concentration and activeness throughout the day. 
  • Reduces the effects of stress on productivity. 
  • Also enhances brain capacity, which is probably helpful for someone who has to do a lot of mental work throughout the day. 

Before you decide to take up any kind of drug that is new to you or you haven't heard of at all, it's obviously important to do your bit of research and even consult a professional. After reading up on these two versions of the drug, I made it a point to visit an actual doctor and ask him/her if it was a good idea for me to try this out. Remember, buying any drug without prescription isn't the smartest thing to do and could cost you later on. 

If someone had to ask me which drug I prefer from the above two, I'd probably choose armodafinil because of how effectively it helped with getting rid of my lethargy. I saw a significant Increase in my ability to stay active throughout all my work and chores and still have some energy left in me at the end of the day, which I dedicated to doing something I love. My mood swings were more controlled too, with outbursts becoming rare and definitely more under my control. 

However, it's important to know that not every drug works the same for everyone. Modafinil might work better for some of you, which is why you need to keep your own symptoms and body composition in mind while choosing one of the two for yourself. 

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