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Modafinil Dosage Guide: Stacks, Cycles, & More! (Update 2020)

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 Dosage Guidelines

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Modafinil is literally money in a bottle. Had I never 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:

  • Tolerance
  • Other stimulants/medications you’re taking
  • Dopamine levels
  • GABA neurotransmitter levels
  • Weight

Ultimately the only way to find your personal best modafinil dosage is to experiment and play around with it.

That being said, I think I can offer you some valuable insights, so that you can learn from all of the mistakes I’ve made from using this wonder drug.


Modafinil Dosage by Bodyweight

There’s not a lot of definitive answers on this one, but some people prefer to take modafinil depending on their bodyweight.

A general guideline, is that you can take between 1mg and 1.5mg per pound of bodyweight, or between 2mg and 3mg per kilogram of bodyweight.

So, if you weigh 150 pounds, it’s probably safe to take a full 200mg of modafinil, but I wouldn’t do this your first time.


Modafinil Dosage for Studying

In my opinion, modafinil is one of the best nootropics for studying, when taken properly. Put simply, there’s two dosing schedules you can follow.

The first one, is to just take 200mg of modafinil all at once. While this might be good for some people, I personally don’t recommend it.

The best modafinil dosage for studying, in my opinion, is to take two doses of 100mg, spaced out by around 4-6 hours.

This way, you have a constant supply of modafinil in your bloodstream, so you can stay laser focused on studying for hours on end.


Modafinil Maximum Dosage

While some people suffering from severe narcolepsy can safely take up to 600mg per day, most people shouldn’t take anywhere near this much.

Most first time users, should start by taking 100mg of modafinil, and then seeing if they experience any side effects.

The vast majority of people will do great on just 200mg of modafinil per day, but if you’re experienced with it, you may go up to 400mg per day.


How Much Modafinil to Take

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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 you have any side effects, 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.

If you’re getting it from a good source, which I talk about in my guide on how to buy modafinil online, literally just one pill will be enough.

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.


Modafinil Dose Timing

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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 2-4 hours after your first dose.

This means that in order to get the most out of your modafinil experience, you’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:

  • 8:00 – Wake Up
  • 8:01 to 8:29 – Morning Routine
  • 8:30 – Take 200mg Modafinil + 1 Cup Coffee
  • 8:31 to 11:59 – Get Work Done
  • 12:00 – Have 1 Cup of Coffee
  • 12:01 to 1:59 – Get More Work Done
  • 2:00 – Take 100mg Modafinil + Small Cup of Coffee
  • 2:01 to 6:00 – Get Work Done

By spacing out my modafinil dosage schedule, I can not only get the benefits of modafinil, but also 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.


Modafinil Dosage Schedules

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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 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 to know which one is best for you. There’s no other way.

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 modafinil nootropic stacks that you can use.

Put simply, a “stack” is when you take a bunch of different nootropics, so that you get the benefits of each one, all at once.

Stacks are NOT for anyone who is first trying modafinil, but more experienced users may want to consider trying them out.


Best Modafinil Nootropic Stacks

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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. I take this stuff all the time with modafinil.

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 damn mushrooms in their diets.

Depending on the mushroom, you’ll get a different effect, though.

I prefer taking the Four Sigmatic Cordyceps and Chaga blend, because when used 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, so you can stay focused for long periods of time.

The Chaga, on the other hand, is an incredibly powerful mushroom which helps fight cancer, lower cholesterol, and even has anti-aging effects.


Adderall, Alpha Brain, and More?

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A lot of people wonder whether adderall or modafinil is better, and the answer isn’t that simple. It’s not that black and white.

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. Never, EVER combine modafinil and Adderall at once.

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. Seriously, don’t try it. Ever.

That being said, there are a ton of other things that you can combine modafinil to get an awesome brain boosting effect:

  • Alpha Brain (one of the few nootropics that has been clinically tested, great overall nootropic)
  • Shroomtech Sport (loaded with more Cordyceps, which will supercharge your ATP utilization and energy)
  • Four Sigmatic Think (great for neurogenesis, deep thinking, and serenity)
  • Four Sigmatic Achieve (great for motivation/energy plus an extra kick of focus)
  • L-Theanine (great if you’re prone to anxiety)

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 kratom, for example, as well as 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.


Want Fully Dosed Modafinil?

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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. It’s like the real life NZT 48 from Limitless.

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.

That being said, if you do want to try some modafinil out for yourself, the best place I’ve found to buy modafinil online has been Buy Moda.

They offer 100% pure, pharmaceutical grade modafinil, for literally less than a dollar a pill. It’s like liquid magic, in my opinion.

If you have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comments section down below—and, as always, I’ll see you next time!

About the Author Jon Anthony

Jon Anthony is a dating coach, fitness expert, and self-improvement guru. He dropped out of college to start Masculine Development in 2015, and has since been self-employed, helping men across the world achieve their best lives. You can best reach him on social media, or via email for questions.

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