What is Modafinil Used for?

Modafinil has been discovered after the age of technology came into existence. Lafon Laborites developed Modafinil during an experiment involving Adrafinil which is a stimulant from which Modafinil is obtained. Modafinil was legally approved in 1998 for the treatment of narcolepsy and later in 2003 for the treatment of SWD and sleep apnea. Let’s know in detail that how Modafinil is used for the treatment of the sleeping disorder and other conditions.

Sleep is the most important aspects for human survival. It is found in ancient scripts as well that in the 1600s period sleeping disorder use to existence but at that period of time, there was no treatment available for it. Sleeping disorders can create many problems in a person life depending on its nature of existence.

Modafinil is considered as a sleeping aid.

In 1986 Adrafinil was offered as an experiment for the treatment of narcolepsy. In the following experiment, it was found that Adrafinil produces a substance in order to show it full effects. Later on, this substance was named Modafinil and was developed for the treatment of following sleeping disorders. Modafinil is the main metabolite of adrafinil.


It is a long-term neurological disorder in which individuals experiences sleep episode during the day or in other words a person suffering from narcolepsy have an irregular sleep/wake cycle. Modafinil, when taken, increases the orexin level. Orexin is a neuropeptide which is an information sharing protein molecule. The increase in the orexin level in the brain makes it alert and keeps the individual awake during daytime.

Excessive sleeping disorder

It is a condition associated with insufficient quality or quantity of sleep during the night which causes them to sleep during daytime. Conditions like jet lag, SWD or restless legs syndrome. Similarly, in the case of narcolepsy Modafinil is found effective for ESD.


Modafinil, when taken, helps a person be alert and vigilant as it increases the dopamine level in the brain. Individuals who suffer from ADHD has a very short attention span and they find it difficult to concentrate

Modafinil has been in the limelight for a long time due to the positive effects it gives. It is said that Modafinil is recognized more for its off-label uses.

Students have been using it as a study pill as it helps them increase concentration and improves recalling abilities. During exams, students have to study during the night which affects their daytime schedule as they may feel sleepy during the exams. Studies have found that out of 4, one student takes Modafinil. Similarly, a corporate executive who works in shifts uses Modafinil at suitable timings so that they don’t fall asleep during the daytime.

Modafinil, when taken, takes about 25-45 minutes to show its full effects. It has to be considered that every medication has side effects. Modafinil has minor side effects like headaches, nausea, dry mouth and dizziness, and major side effects like fever, hallucination and mood change. If experiencing major side effects it is advisable to seek medical help. Modafinil comes under many trade names like Modalert, Modvigil, Modafresh, etc.