Every day I get asked questions about nootropics, particularly the right modafinil dosage. A lot of people say it’s 200mg, some say it’s 400mg, and some even say it’s more than that.
Yet, as with most things in bio-hacking and self-development, there is no “one size fits all” answer. Depending on your weight, tolerance, and a large number of other factors, your ideal modafinil dosage will change.
I’ve personally been taking modafinil for the past 6 years or so, and let me tell you—this stuff is not to be trifled with. It is 100% pure brain rocket fuel in a pill that will leave you wondering why in the FUCK you didn’t buy some before.
That being said, if you can learn to use modafinil responsibly (as I’ve discussed before on my blog), it will be one of the most powerful tools that you ever have in your bio-hacking arsenal.
Modafinil is literally money in a bottle. Had I learned how to get a prescription to modafinil, there’s no way in hell I would’ve been able to build my Masculine Development empire.
Just pop a pill, and boom—you’re on a laser-focused, blazing fast train straight to money town. The only problem? Some people want more. Some people just want 100mg, some want 200mg, some want 400mg, and some want a whopping 600mg…but how do you know what the best modafinil dosage is?
Well in my experience, it’s not so much what the “best dosage” is, but rather what the “sweet spot” is for you. I can take 100mg and function pretty well, and I can take 200mg and be laser focused for an extended period of time—yet when I space them out, I find that it’s far more effective.
That is, unless I’m on a modafinil binge, or I’ve been taking it a lot. Much of your ideal modafinil dosage, or your modafinil sweet spot, will depend on a variety of factors, such as:
Ultimately the only way to find your personal best modafinil dosage is to experiment and play around with it, but I think I can offer you some valuable insights in this article, so that you can learn from all of the mistakes I’ve made from improperly using this wonder drug.
If it’s your first time taking modafinil then the only amount you need to concern yourself with is 100mg. Don’t be a dumbass like I did and take a full 200mg at 6pm and stayed awake for two days straight. Start yourself off with half a pill, and see how you feel.
Then, give it a few hours. If you don’t feel like your head is going to explode from the 500% increase in your IQ, then consider taking the other half of the pill. Do not take more than 200mg your first day, however—again this is extremely powerful stuff and it should not be messed with.
For most people, anything more than 200mg will be way too much. Yet, as with anything, there’s always going to be outliers and exceptions—some people will function great on 400mg, and some won’t even be able to take 50mg. It’s entirely dependent on your individual biology.
That being said, while the ideal modafinil dosage is 200mg (in my opinion, at least) there’s a couple more things that come into play. The first is the timing of the modafinil dosage, and the second, which is far more interesting, is how you can stack other nootropics WITH modafinil to compound the effects.
According to RX List, the half life of modafinil is about 15 hours and the peak plasma concentration occurs between 2 and 4 hours. This means that modafinil stays in your body for a relatively long period of time, but the effects will peak some time between 2-4 hours of your first dose.
This means that in order to get the most out of our modafinil, we’re going to have to time the dosages just right. It’s far better to spread them out between 6-8 hours than it is to take them all at once, because you’ll make the effects last much longer.
My personal modafinil dosage schedule goes as follows. The times are a little bit subject to how I feel, and this schedule may change a little bit every now and then depending on a multitude of factors, but you get the general idea:
By spacing out my modafinil dosage schedule, I can get the benefits of modafinil and prolong its effects. Remember, the peak plasma concentration of modafinil kicks in between around 2-4 hours, so by taking it at 8:30 in the morning, I can feel it in full effect by around 11 or so.
I then ride that out for a few more hours, and dose one more time to keep it going. Alternatively sometimes I’ll just do it based off of how I feel—when I can feel the effects of modafinil waning, like the peak is over and I’m slowly coming down, I’ll pop another 100mg to sustain the effects.
Of course there’s alternative modafinil dosage schedules, and depending on your goals you may want to alter how much you take. For example, while I typically take 100mg twice per day, sometimes if I want to REALLY blaze through something that’s very mentally taxing, I’ll take 200mg first thing in the morning.
Other times if I just want a little “bump” so to speak, and I know I’m going to be taking one of my barely legal, meth-like pre-workouts before I hit the gym, I’ll only take 50mg or so of modafinil. Furthermore, when I’m on a binge and working to get a product out, I may just stay awake for two days straight and end up taking 200mg of modafinil three times daily.
Ultimately you’ll just have to experience with different modafinil dosages. Some people that I’ve spoken with can take just one pill of the stuff, and be awake and alert for two days straight blazing through books, building a business, and learning how to trade cryptocurrencies. Other people need 400mg to even feel anything.
Things start getting interesting, however, once we begin talking about the various stacks that you can use. Put simply, a “stack” is a series of compounds that are taken in conjunction to yield a massive effect, more than any single potent drug could ever yield by itself…
One of the simplest, easiest, and most effective things that you can combine with modafinil is some high quality coffee. No, I’m not talking about that Folgers bullshit that you can get for like $2 a pound at your local Costco. I’m talking about some high octane, 100% pure Arabica, liquid brain fuel.
Recently I’ve discovered a coffee brand called Four Sigmatic, and I fucking love them. They basically mix super powerful mushrooms like Chaga, Reishi, Lion’s Mane, and Cordyceps with high quality coffee—so not only do you get a nice caffeine bump, but you get lit with the power of mushrooms.
This is something that not many people are aware of, and it’s something that I’ve touched upon before. I think that the medical community highly underestimates the power of certain mushrooms to cure diseases, boost your immune system, and increase your lifespan. Hell, some even believe that the reason why so many Asians live to be 100 is because they eat so many mushrooms.
Depending on the mushroom, you’ll get a different effect, though. I prefer taking the Four Sigmatic Cordyceps and Chaga blend, because when used in conjunction with modafinil I feel like my brain is lit up like a Christmas tree. The Cordyceps extract is incredible for improving energy usage and efficiency, while the Chaga is an incredibly powerful mushroom which helps fight cancer, lower cholesterol, decrease inflammation, and even slow the aging process.
A lot of people wonder whether adderall or modafinil is better, and the answer isn’t that simple. While adderall is far better for undemanding cognitive tasks, such as cleaning, organizing, and the like, modafinil is far better for things which require a high level of cognition (think writing a book, creating a software, charting out a business plan, etc).
The one thing that you should NOT stack modafinil with however, is adderall. When used separately they can be highly effective tools that you can use to accomplish more than you ever thought possible. When combined however, you’re in for a world of migraines, anxiety, and other terrible side effects.
That being said, there are a ton of other things that you can combine modafinil with to get a wide range of effects, from more focus, to less anxiety, and more:
A great resource that you can use to research different stacks, their effects, and peoples’ experience with them is the Reddit sub-forums related to modafinil and other nootropics. Keep in mind though that the more you add together, the more likely you are to experience side effects—so always be careful.
In summary, modafinil is one of the fastest and easiest ways to lightning charge your productivity and ensure that you get more done in the next 24 hours than you’ve gotten done in your entire life. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration—but seriously, this shit is fucking powerful.
Please, please, PLEASE do not use this stuff before consulting with a doctor (I have to say that for legal purposes). Don’t be a dumbass and take 5 pills at once, then wonder why you couldn’t sleep for a week and a half. Be smart, do your research, and use modafinil responsibly.
If you don’t know how to get it, there’s two ways you can do so. The first is by getting a prescription; while this option definitely does take more time, it’s by far the cheapest. The second, and less time consuming option, is to order it online from a high quality source.
In fact, if you like, I’ve hooked you up with a free sample of 10 modafinil tabs so you can try them out for yourself and decide if you want to buy anything or not. Either way, whatever you do, just be sure to use the stuff with caution, because mark my words…it is fucking strong.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to leave me a remark in the comments section down below. And, as always, I’ll see you guys next time.
Jon Anthony is a world renowned dating coach and the founder of Masculine Development, a website specifically dedicated to helping men improve their personal, dating, and financial lives. After years of training men how to attract women, build muscle, and make more money, Jon created the "7 Strategies" program to help kickstart your journey to success. Jon firmly believes that every man should have control over his own life, and he created Masculine Development to share his passion with men who want success in all areas.