Legal Disclaimer: Don’t try modafinil without consulting with your doctor first. Never lie to a medical healthcare professional.
My hands were trembling. As I sat on the old, beaten-down couch in the corner of my psychiatrist’s office, he thumbed through my files. “So you’re having trouble focusing, it sounds like?” he blurted out while intently reading through my case history. “Yeah,” I said. “It’s horrible – I can’t focus for any longer than like four seconds.”
“Hmm, okay – have you ever tried Adderall?” he asked. “No,” I thought. That stuff is basically meth, I’m not putting that shit in my body. “No, I’ve heard such bad things about people getting addicted. I actually did my research and found a drug that can be used to treat ADD and it’s not amphetamine based. Have you heard of modafinil?”
He thought for a second, and recalled: “Oh, yeah—I remember prescribing it to one of my patients with narcolepsy a few years ago. I thought it was only for sleep disorders?”
“Well, technically, yes—but it can be used off label to help treat ADD. I was thinking that we could try it for a month and if I don’t feel like it works, I can just schedule another appointment and try something else?” I eagerly awaited his response; what was probably only 5 seconds felt like an eternity.
He whipped out his notebook and pen. “Sounds good to me. Here—take this and get it filled, let me know how it goes.”
I had just gotten myself a prescription to modafinil.
If you haven’t read about the benefits of modafinil, basically it’s the best way to gain an edge in business, because it helps you focus for hours on end. I assume you already know a little bit about modafinil, but in case you don’t, I’ll make it really simple: if your brain is an engine, modafinil adds an extra 500 horse power.
I’ve actually been getting a prescription for modafinil since 2013; I’ve moved, too so it’s been from different psychiatrists. In other words, the process for getting a prescription for modafinil is repeatable, which means that it will work for you.
Here is the 2 step plan that I used to get my prescription to modafinil:
Pretty simple, right? Well—it’s not actually that simple. In reality there’s a bunch of little nuances that you need to be aware of. You can’t say certain things, you have to anticipate certain responses that your doctor might say, and more. That’s what I’m going to teach you about today.
The first thing you have to do is set up an appointment. Most of the time they’ll ask you what you want to see a psychiatrist for, and it’s absolutely crucial that you say you want to see a psychiatrist for ADD.
Repeat after me: “I want to see a psychiatrist, because I have ADD and am also chronically fatigued.” This is critical.
The reason for this is that modafinil works well as a drug for ADD, but if your psychiatrist could prescribe you something to not only treat your ADD, but to also give you more energy, then why wouldn’t he want to kill two birds with one stone?
The more reasons that you can give him to prescribe you modafinil, the better. Don’t overdo it though. Just 1-2 reasons is good enough. Don’t go too in depth over the phone, just give them a brief explanation of what you need help with. DO NOT mention modafinil.
Here is what my phone call looked like:
That’s it—just briefly mention that you have trouble focusing and that you’re fatigued so that your psychiatrist is primed for the actual appointment.
Protip: schedule the appointment early in the morning, preferably on a Thursday or Friday.
You want to get them early because it’s when their will power is highest. Your psychiatrist will be fresh, awake, and the irritation that comes from dealing with dozens of annoying, unreasonable patients won’t be there yet.
You want to get him when he’s in a good mood, and when he’s not worn out from the day. When he’s worn out, he’s more likely to just follow the “safe path,” and do what 99% of other psychiatrists do: prescribe you adderall.
If he’s alert and awake, he’ll be more likely to see the benefits of prescribing you modafinil (because it would treat your “fatigue” and “ADD”).
Be sure to get there 10-15 minutes early. You want him to have a good impression of you from the start. I prefer to bring one of my favorite books with me to the waiting room, so that when he walks out to greet me he can see that I’m already more intelligent than 99% of people.
This might not seem like a big deal, but it is. If he thinks you’re some idiot he probably won’t be willing to trust your “research” and drug recommendation. But, if he sees that you’re intelligent, articulate, and well put together, then he’ll be so much more likely to work with you.
Also be sure to dress nicely. You don’t need to wear a suit and tie or anything like that, but just some khakis and a collared shirt or something. Dressing nicely sub-communicates that you care about your appearance and it makes a good first impression.
When you get into his office, he’ll probably just ask you a few questions to get to know you. Stuff like “where do you work,” “where’d you go to school,” and “what hobbies do you have?” Just be nice and make some small-talk with him. Let him bring up the subject of medication when he wants to.
“So—you’re having trouble focusing, is that right?”
95% of the time your psychiatrist will ask you some form of this question. Sometimes he’ll simply ask you: “So what can I help you with today?” just to make sure your story checks out with what his receptionist told him.
Again, just tell your psychiatrist two things:
They’ll probably recommend some typical drug for ADD like adderall or vyvanse, but tell them that you don’t like amphetamine based drugs, because they make you really anxious.
If they ask, tell them you had a prescription to Ritalin when you were a kid. Their medical records don’t go back that far for them to verify a statement like that, and it’s super common for kids to get prescribed Ritalin nowadays.
Tell him that you were looking around online, and found a drug called modafinil. It’s supposed to be really good for treating ADD and it also helps with fatigue.
He may or may not have heard of it. If he hasn’t, he’ll probably whip out a big book and look through it to find some information on modafinil and what it’s prescribed for.
Tell him that you just want to try it out for a month, and that you want to have a follow up appointment in a couple of weeks. This does three things:
95% of the time this will work. But, there’s some roadblocks you may run into.
Start by kindly considering what he says, but mentioning that you generally have a high tolerance to stimulants (you drink a lot of coffee, take a bunch of borderline illegal pre-workouts, developed a tolerance to Ritalin as a kid, etc.).
Then ask him if the 200mg tabs can be cut in half. When he says that they can, ask him if he can prescribe you a 2 week supply of 200mg tablets and you can just cut them in half to see if 100mg a day works for you.
99% of the time this will work, but if it doesn’t—that’s fine. Just take what he will give you and come back every couple of weeks, saying that the modafinil works really well, but you think it’d work better on a higher dose. Do this until you get to 200mg.
Tell him that you don’t like amphetamine based drugs for two reasons:
Tell him that you’d be willing to try adderall if the modafinil doesn’t work, but that you’d rather play it safe and take a non-amphetamine based drug at first.
Tell him that it can be used off label to treat ADD, and that you are often fatigued from working long hours as an Uber driver. This is exactly what the drug was made for: shift work disorder.
If you have to, play the sympathy card. Tell him that your inability to focus is negatively impacting your ability to live life and it’s hurting your financial situation. That should typically convince him to prescribe you modafinil.
You now have all of the knowledge that you need to get a prescription for modafinil. This plan that I’ve given you will work on literally 99% of doctors. In the off-chance that it doesn’t work on one psychiatrist, just schedule an appointment with a different one.
Don’t be a dumbass though. Always consult with your doctor about taking a new drug. If you have any sort of mental disorder, weird heart disorder, or any other health issue, I wouldn’t recommend taking this stuff. It’s extremely powerful and shouldn’t be messed with.
If you guys have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to let me know. And, as always, I’ll see you next time.
After learning to successfully trade the market, build a six pack, start a social circle from scratch, and increase his IQ by 15 points, Jon Anthony has decided to teach others how they can, too. He plans to move to Las Vegas next year to invest in real estate and live it up.