How to take Modafinil – A First Time users guide

How to take Modafinil

How to take Modafinil

First-Time users guide

The question I get asked more than any other is: “Any advice on How to take Modafinil?”

Modafinil is mainstream now, all of my friends have tried it at least once and it is constantly in the media, especially around “is it cheating if students use it as a study aid”.

I’m not a medical expert here, you should seek advice from your GP if you decide to take any medications, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

Modafinil is not a crutch, it is a tool to be used that can be very beneficial.

That said, there are a few things you should do when taking Modafinil (whether it’s your first time or 100th time), but first, let’s get back to basics;

What is Modafinil?

Modafinil is a mild stimulant that has the ability to keep you awake, mentally alert, and productive for long periods of time without sleep. Consequently, it can provide a huge advantage to students, business people, and anyone that needs to get more work done than normal hours allow.

How to take Modafinil, First Time Users Try this.

Order your Modafinil here, if ordered before 4 pm it will be with you the following day. Compared to prescription stimulants, Modafinil has few side effects. If anything, you’re probably a little curious and somewhat excited about taking it for the first time – embrace it.

With that in mind, get the following handled and you’ll have a pleasant and productive Modafinil experience.


Take Modafinil first thing in the morning, this is not an exact science but based on personal experience. Some prefer to wake up earlier then lay in bed until it kicks in, some take up upon waking and others wait 30-45 minutes after they wake up. This is not an exact science but based on personal experience.

I’m not sure when you wake up, but I recommend taking it no later than 8 AM.

It takes anywhere from 20-45 minutes for Modafinil to start working. The effects last 10-12 or more hours, so any later than 8 AM and you may have trouble falling asleep.


If it’s your first time, take half a pill. For Modalert 200, half is 100 mg. For Waklert 150, that would be 75 mg. (read more about Modafinil dosage here). It’s easy to break the pill in half, you can use your hands or a knife.

I take mine with a can of Red Bull, Modafinil and caffeine are fine to take together, but you don’t need caffeine to help wake up or focus. Take it easy on the energy drinks and coffee.


Taken on an empty stomach is the most effective way to take Modafinil. You will still get the full effect if you take it after eating, but it may take longer to start working. The important thing is to remember to eat throughout the day as you normally would. Modafinil suppresses your appetite (some people use it for weight loss), so skipping meals might seem like no big deal. Stick to a normal eating schedule and avoid any unpleasant side effects.

Most importantly: drink LOTS of water when you take Modafinil. This is especially true when taking it with caffeine.

The most common side effect of Modafinil is a dehydration headache the next day, this can kill any gains and make the whole experience a negative one.


Plan your day out in advance, Modafinil will get super focused so ensure you are focusing on the right things. Ideally, plan the day out beforehand, plan your water and food breaks, it is too easy to forget to stop. It is difficult to get distracted but if you do you will be focused on the distraction so be wary of your workspace and working environment.

What to expect when taking Modafinil?

As well as “How to take Modafinil”, I’m also asked, “What Effects can I expect when taking it”.

Once again Modafinil is a tool and not a crutch. It cannot perform miracles and as ever you need to use the right tool for the right job.

If you are tired, Modafinil can make you feel better than you feel when you are not tired, even if feeling tired means operating on only 2 hours of sleep.

Modafinil makes it harder to interact with people. You don’t feel awkward, shy, or uncomfortable around others and your conversation flows more eloquently than usual. However, most conversations bore you and you have little interest in people

Modafinil makes you feel confident, but it does not make you feel happy. However, if you feel sad and grumpy when you get tired, Modafinil will alleviate bad moods caused by lack of sleep.

Modafinil makes you more productive and able to work for longer.

Modafinil keeps you awake, but you are still prone to make typical sleep-deprived errors. However, since you are more alert with Modafinil, you are much more likely to catch your errors soon after you make them.

Modafinil does not prevent your eyes from getting tired if you are sitting at a computer for a long period of time.

Modafinil amplifies the effects of caffeine.

It’s easy to underestimate the effects of Modafinil once you take it regularly for a little while. Tolerance actually builds quite slowly

As a general rule, assume that Modafinil will keep you wide awake and productive for 12 hours. You can expect Modafinil to last up to 16 hours if you have some caffeine while under its influence.

Modafinil produces the urge to check and recheck the solutions to math and science problems. You also will compulsively edit any written work; you will read each sentence again and again to ensure perfection.

Modafinil can make you less interested in sex.

You can work all night and your mind will be resilient, but your body will still feel fatigued from working so long and avoiding sleep. Taking breaks to eat and drink water is vital and helps maintain your focus and avoid side effects like pressure headaches.

Modafinil can limit the ability to do creative work.

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