What is modafinil?
The chemical composition or name of modafinil is 2-[(diphenylmethyl) sulfinyl] acetamide
Modafinil is a Psychostimulant and a central nervous system stimulant. It has properties such as keeping a person awake, enhancing cognitive functions and bettering memory.
It is used in some conditions such as narcolepsy which is a sleep related issue where there is excessive day time sleepiness and disturbed night time sleep. Sometimes modafinil is useful in sleep apnea and sleep problems related to shift working.
Modafinil is also known for its mood-brightening and memory-enhancing and waking effect.
It has been used to treat memory loss due to dementia, ADHD, jet lag, and fatigue caused by extended work hours or illnesses.
Also modafinil has been used by people who wishes to work late and concentrate for a prolonged periods of time. (Dongsoo Kim).
Several neurotransmitters in the brain are implicated when modafinil acts. This includes monoamines, catecholamines, dopamine, serotonin, adenosine, and noradrenaline. Parts of the brain including hypothalamus, hippocampus, and amygdala are targeted.
Modafinil is available in tablet format and 2 dosage options are available.
This includes 100 mg and 200 mg dosage.
Caution should be exerted when people suffer from liver impairment, changes in ECG, past history of psychotic disorders or history of substance abuse and addictions.
Your doctor might ask you questions related to past psychiatric disorders, hallucinations, history of alcohol abuse and so forth. Your medical history will be sought too including ECG, Liver, Renal function tests and any past high BP.
Modafinil is fairly safe to take but you shouldn’t take modafinil without the guidance of your doctor.
Some side effects that may occur with modafinil may include dizziness, headache, weight loss, muscle tension.