What is Modafinil?
Modafinil is a wakefulness-promoting drug used by prescription to treat narcolepsy, sleep apnoea and shift workers who experience sleep disturbances. Modafinil offers the user a state of alertness and increased efficiency in cognitive activity. In the UK Modafinil is popular among people who want to boost their mental performance, productivity and academic success.
How Does Modafinil Work?
The exact mechanism of action remains unclear but we do have a good understanding of how Modafinil works in general. Modafinil helps to elevate levels of hypothalamic histamine while inhibiting many of the actions of the dopamine transporter. This inhibition leads to a boost in extracellular and synaptic concentrations of dopamine. Many user experiences with Modafinil state that this drug has a positive influence on mood and drive which are likely consequences in this increase in dopamine stimulation.
Another mechanism of action which has garnered research involves a brain peptide known as Orexin. Orexin, also called Hypocretin, is a neurotransmitter that regulates arousal, wakefulness, and appetite. Orexin neurons can be found within our hypothalamus, but are also projected out to several different parts of the brain, most of which are associated with wakefulness and arousal. They are part of the hormonal system that keeps you alert and awake during the day but also allows you to sleep at night.
Is Modafinil legal in the UK and what are the requirements for buying it?
The United Kingdom regulates medications and assigns them to Schedules based on their potential for serious side effects and their potential for addiction. This means there are no laws controlling its possession within the UK.
If you choose to import your prescription of Modafinil, bear in mind you may be required to provide proof of a prescription to customs officials, should they inspect your package and wish to request proof from you. Importation should be in small quantities which are considered for personal use only. Normally, this means a 30 day supply can be imported at any given time.
Can I Import Without a Prescription?
Though there are many providers willing to sell Modafinil online outside the UK, we don’t recommend it. Doing so involves risking your financial details and possibly never receiving the goods you intended to purchase. If your order does arrive, it can be difficult to know if you have received an authentic or pure product or some unknown and possibly dangerous substitute. Most of the offshore providers are located in India or other countries where regulations are lax. This means there is the possibility that your product may be delayed or seized at the border. In most cases, you will not receive a refund or compensation unless the product is returned to the vendor. Some individuals have reported success when ordering online, but remember the risk potential is high.