A new review of studies found that Modafinil Study Aid actually works for some people, improving their performance on long and complex tasks, also enhancing decision-making and planning skills.
Modafinil, also known by its brand names Provigil, Modalert and Modvigil is approved by t to treat people with sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. But the majority of the drug’s users — such as students take it to study for exams — use it off-label, to help them focus.
“This is the first overview of Modafinil’s actions in non-sleep-deprived individuals since 2008, and so we were able to include a lot of recent data,” Ruairidh McLennan Battleday, a co-author of the new review and a lecturer at the University of Oxford in England, said in a statement. The recent studies of the drug have used more-complex tests of cognition than those employed previously, and found that Modafinil indeed enhances thinking, he said.
In particular, the drug affects the “‘higher-brain functions that rely on contribution from multiple simple cognitive processes,” Battleday said.
The new findings raise ethical concerns about using Modafinil, particularly as it gives students an unfair advantage in preparing for or taking tests, the researchers wrote in their review, published on-line in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.
Past studies showed mixed results for Modafinil’s effects on healthy, non-sleep-deprived people. However, for the new paper, the researchers reviewed 24 placebo-controlled studies in healthy people that were published between 1990 and 2014. The studies included more than 700 participants total, and tested a variety of aspects of thinking, including planning and decision-making, flexibility, learning, memory, and creativity.
Modafinil Study Aid improved only certain features of cognition, the researchers found. In general, the drug appeared to improve what researchers call executive function, the ability to sift through new information and make plans based on it. Modafinil also somewhat enhanced people’s ability to pay attention, learn and remember, the researchers found.
Modafinil has few side effects. The 70 percent of the studies that looked for mood and side effects found only some instances of insomnia, headache, stomach ache or nausea, all of which were also reported in placebo groups.
“In the face of vanishingly few side effects in these controlled environments, modafinil can be considered a cognitive enhancer,” said Anna-Katharine Brem, another co-author of the study and a postdoctoral researcher at Oxford.
Modafinil is great for helping your short term memory, but it doesn’t really help[ with long term memory for that you want to use Piracetam.
Tips for using Modafinil Study Aid
- You’ll only want to use it 3–4 times weekly. Any more and you’ll likely run into a tolerance curve
- If going to make you myopically focused for 8–12 hours so schedule a long period of time. Great for cramming.
- It can take a little longer to kick in so you may not really be read to study for 1–2 hours. Drink some coffee.