How Long Does Modafinil Take to Feel?

Modafinil is most often prescribed for sleep disorders such as narcolepsy and shift work sleep disorder. It is a central nervous system stimulant, and it is also referred to as a eugeroic medication, meaning it is not considered likely to cause addiction- but it still may. Most doctors, psychiatrists, and other medical professionals who prescribe Modafinil rely on it for mild medical conditions. 

They have less concern since it is not as strong as other central nervous stimulants. However, a medical doctor must prescribe Modafinil. It is illegal to possess without a valid prescription, and it is a schedule IV-controlled substance.

How Long Does Modafinil Take to Feel?

Can Modafinil Get a Person Feel High?

Modafinil will cause a person to experience euphoria and be “high,” which can depend on the amount and what the individual considers feeling altered or under the influence. Some individuals may take Modafinil as prescribed and feel very wired and awake and notice they are out of it. Others will take more than prescribed and not feel any drug-like effects. The amount specified for people who need this medication because of sleep disorders and trouble staying awake is between 100 mg – 200 mg. The highest milligram medically approved for an individual to take is 400mg.

Different Types of Prescription Stimulants

The people who use Modafinil to get high are individuals who prefer stimulant drugs that make them feel hyper and energetic. Prescription stimulants that are most often abused includes:

  • Adderall
  • Ritalin
  • Phentermine
  • Dexedrine

More About Prescription Stimulants

Modafinil is also on the list, but it is less potent. People usually seek out stronger prescription stimulants to get high before Modafinil. Methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, and caffeine are other stimulant drugs that people use. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports how central nervous stimulants affect the brain and body. They emphasize the dangers that stimulants cause.

Prescription stimulants increase the activity of the brain chemicals dopamine and norepinephrine. Dopamine is involved in the reinforcement of rewarding behaviors. Norepinephrine affects blood vessels, blood pressure and heart rate, blood sugar, and breathing. Prescription stimulants can lead to a dangerously high body temperature, an irregular heartbeat, heart failure, and seizures at high doses. Repeated misuse of prescription stimulants, even within a short period, can cause psychosis, anger, or paranoia. (NIDA)

When Do You Feel the Effects of Modafinil?

Central Nervous stimulants that are ingested in a pill form, such as Modafinil, will have to process through the digestive system and pass the blood-brain barrier before the individual notices the effects. The body will take about 20 minutes to digest the pill and another 10 minutes or more to send the chemicals to the brain. Therefore, a person will feel the effects of Modafinil in about 30 to 45 minutes, more or less.  Since Modafinil acts on the reward pathway in the brain, if a person has a tolerance to the drug, they will not feel the effects like they did when they first used a stimulant.

Addiction to Modafinil and Other Stimulants

Addiction is a disease of the mind and emotions that cause tolerance to develop, and substances decrease in effectiveness over time. The solution is often to use more to feel the drug, and then an accidental overdose occurs. For example, overdosing on a stimulant will cause the person to have tremors, overactive reflexes, rapid breathing, confusion, aggression, hallucinations, panic attacks, fever, muscle pains, and weakness. Heart conditions are also likely to occur when a person uses too much of a stimulant.

Start Your Treatment for Modafinil Abuse

The centers we send clients to for Modafinil and other stimulant addiction rely on evidence-based forms of therapy to help a person overcome cravings and learn how to enjoy life without substances. The rehab program we connect our clients with also provides intensive outpatient programs, long-term rehab programs, women’s rehab, men’s rehab, and outpatient treatment options. 

To speak with an admissions counselor to learn how to be admitted into an evidence-based rehab program today, first, call our program specialists they will help you find the best path for you to take to a happier and healthier lifestyle free from addiction. All calls are free and confidential.


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