Modafinil has been getting a lot of press recently from some major, authoritative publications. Here a are just a few:
Entrepreneur.com (Full article here)
A Look at Modafinil and Getting an Entrepreneurial Edge, the Natural Way
Increased concentration. Unlimited energy. The ability to stay laser focused during all-night strategy sessions. Buzz on the entrepreneurial street is you can get these superhuman effects by popping prescription pill Modafinil, the new “it” cognitive-enhancing drug.
Prescribed to treat narcolepsy, it has been reported that an increasing number of healthy entrepreneurs are using this “smart drug” to give themselves an edge or help weather the long days and late nights it takes to run a startup. Effects of popping a pill include increased productivity, motivation, attention, mental clarity and cognitive abilities. And while Adderal and Ritalin have been known to provide similar effects, Modafinil is being marketed as non-habit forming — making it a piping-hot commodity.
Review of ‘smart drug’ shows modafinil does enhance cognition
The drug modafinil was developed to treat narcolepsy (excessive sleeping), but it is widely used off-licence as a ‘smart drug’ to promote cognitive enhancement, where qualities such as alertness and concentration are desired to assist someone with, for example, exam preparation. Past studies on sleep-deprived individuals have shown a strong positive effect of modafinil on these functions, but there has been less attention and scientific consensus on the drug’s overall effectiveness as a cognitive enhancer in people that are not sleep-deprived – presumably the majority of people taking it. Now, a new systematic review, published online in the peer-reviewed journal European Neuropsychopharmacology shows that modafinil does indeed confer significant cognitive benefits in this group, at least on a particular subset of tasks.
Modafinil taken by students as a “smart drug” could reduce effectiveness of hormonal contraception: CEU Clinical Update
This CEU Clinical Update highlights growing concerns about the off-licence use of modafinil as a “smart drug” by university students and the potential impact it may have on risk of unintended pregnancy in women using hormonal contraception.
It has been reported that as many as one in five UK university students could be using modafinil (or similar drug) as a ‘smart drug’ to enhance cognitive function during exam periods. Although it is a prescription-only medication, modafinil can be easily purchased over the internet. Some universities view unauthorised use of a medicine like this as cheating. Student media often report the potential benefits of using modafinil without cautioning about side-effects and the potential drug interactions with other concomitant medications. Women may be putting themselves at risk of an unintended pregnancy as there is a possible interaction between modafinil and hormonal contraception.
If you do a simple Google search you will find tens of thousands of articles and information on the use of the brain enhancing nootropic Modafinil and other medicines in a similar field.
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