Adrafinil - Modafinil: An intellectual and energy booster nootropic
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A French drug company (Lafon) originally developed adrafinil during the 1970s. This nootropic is a synthetic compound and a prodrug of modafinil. Intake of adrafinil increases the amount of modafinil in the body. Supplementation of modafinil and adrafinil is said to promote wakefulness and alertness amongst users. Because of this characteristic, adrafinil is considered as a stimulant and has been categorized under “eurgeroic” class. Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) bans adrafinil and modafinil on competitives sports for having non-specific stimulatory effects.
Before usage and as noted above, it is pertinent that you learn more about adrafinil. This article will discuss about adrafinil and modafinil, its mechanisms, benefits and side effects. It will also cover important precautions and recommended drug dosages.
What is adrafinil?
Adrafinil is classified as a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant, which is structurally similar to modafinil. Unlike modafinil, adrafinil has a hydroxyl group that distinctly identifies each chemical. Moreover, these nootropic agents have no dependence and insomniamaking it an ideal treatment for narcolepsy and other related sleep problems.
Aside from treating conditions that prevents humans to sleep soundly at night, users report several benefits including razor-like focus, increased motivation and alertness. It is also said to enhance your mental power and energy. With these potential beneficial effects, it is of no wonder why athletes are using this nootropic compound in boosting their abilities.
How does adrafinil work?
Similar to most nootropic drugs, the mechanism of action for adrafinil is yet to be uncovered. Experts however identified theories on how adrafinil and modafinil works. One popular theory includes the ability of these drugs to stimulate certain neuron receptors in the brain stem and hypothalamus. These parts of the brain are involved in facilitating alertness and wakefulness and accessible to the important neurotransmitter. Researchers suggest that adrafinil helps in increasing the production of a neurotransmitter in the hypothalamus known as hypocretin. Increased hypocretin levels stimulate the production of other neurotransmitter including histamine, dopamine and most importantly, norepinephrine.
Nopepinephrine is a neurotransmitter associated with memory, alertness, and learning. It works by stimulating alpha-1 adrenergic. Most recent studies have shown that norepinephrine even plays a role in neuroprotection, neuroplasticity, alertness, attention, memory and learning. Despite its functions, adrafinil and modafinil lacks unwanted side effects unlike other nootropic agents. Users need not to catch on their sleep or experience rebound sleep with adrafinil supplementation.
A less common theory regarding adrafinil’s mechanism of action includes its ability to stimulate the glutamate pathways. Activating these pathways helps in preventing the passage of GABA that leads to heightened wakefulness and alertness.
The 3 Benefits of adrafinil and modafinil
Despite claims that adrafinil is weaker than modafinil, both has similar effects. This is because, essentially, adrafinil is metabolized as modafinil later on. The following benefits may be gleaned from these nootropic drugs.
Adrafinil and modafinil has long been considered as a general stimulant. It provides users with focus, endurance and increased energy making it a popular treatment of sleep disorders. Students, shift workers such as nurses and doctors and truck drivers are increasingly using adrafinil .
2) Increase motivation
One interesting benefit of adrafinil is its ability to increase the motivation felt by users. This supplement is said to help in increasing an individual’s productivity, vigilance and drive to perform tasks. Moreover, it promotes pleasure enhancement, stress reduction and an overall improvement of well-being. Experts agree that this might be caused by adrafinil’s ability to stimulate the receptors of dopamine.
3) Nootropic effects
Other than the abovementioned benefits, adrafinil also offers nootropic effects. Users report that it increases learning ability and capacity as well as memory enhancement. It appears to increase immediate recall of stored information and speed of thought which are useful in better written and verbal communication. Adrafinil reviews often shows that it helps in increasing attention without distraction further improving one’s studying/learning abilities. A review of studies regarding modafinil also shows that it has neuroprotective properties.
To further showcase the beneficial effects of modafinil, a human study involving six Army helicopter pilots were undertaken. The study participants were treated with placebo and modafinil before performing simulation flights. Results have shown that modafinil helped in decreasing alertness and mood, improved CNS stimulation and increased cognitive skills. This study shows that modafinil and adrafinil may be effective in improving your cognitive and physical performance.
• Avoid using adrafinil and modafinil for long periods of time
• Consult your doctor regarding use of adrafinil
• Consult your doctor before using adrafinil if you have any liver problem
• Report use of other medications aside from adrafinil
Experts recommend users to take between 150 to 300 mgs of adrafinil daily. It might be better that you start with smaller dose to give your body a chance to adjust and assess whether you don’t have any allergic reaction on its contents. It is not advisable that you take this drug for a long time particularly if you are suffering with liver problems, nonetheless, you can always consult your doctor regarding prolonged usage.
Where can you buy adrafinil?
Adrafinil was previously sold under the brand name “Olmifon.” Its manufacturer, Cephalon, discontinued this brand just recently. However, you can buy adrafinil online for use in non-clinical scientific research and adrafinil can be purchased with prescription in Europe for patient suffering from narcolepsy and other types of sleeping disorder. Adrafinil is an unregulated substance in the US and can be bought privately by users. Similarly, this drug is unregulated in Canada, however, it can be legally bought as a research material or imported privately.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of USA approved the use of modafinil in treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), narcolepsy, severe daytime sleepiness and sleep disorders associated with shift jobs. This specific nootropic drug is currently being sold under different brand names such as Provigil, Alertec and Modavigil.