Modafinil Vs Armodafinil: What You Need To Know

The twin stars of smart drugs are Modafinil and it’s stronger “sister” drug, Armodafinil. It’s most commonly sold under the trade name Nuvigil. So, Armodafinil vs Modafinil? Let me break down the Hard Science™, because every other article I’ve read on the subject doesn’t. They seem to assume readers all have a Chemistry degree. I like to provide answers that every visitor to this site can understand.  Then they can make the right choice for their needs.

Here we go 🙂 

Armodafinil is the enantiopure compound of the eugeroic modafinil (Provigil). It consists of only the (R)-(-)-enantiomer of the racemic modafinil.” An enantiopure compound is a compound/drug which contains ONLY one enantiomer of molecule, in this case, Modafinil. The Modafinil molecule comes in two mirror images, similar to your own left hand and right hand. Both act slightly differently on the brain, it is only a subtle difference that is comparable with drawing a picture with your left hand, or right hand. Or, think of LASER light; a laser is streamlined light rather than a light bulb that emits chaotic wavelengths.

“Eurogic” means wakefulness. Modafinil contains a mix of left and right enantiomers of Modafinil molecules. Both act on the brain, and produce wakefulness effects but they act slightly differently and the effect is therefore not completely streamlined. Laser versus lightbulb, both emit light but only one can cut through steel. Armodafinil has a longer half life than Modafinil, because it contains only one enantiomer of Modafinil. This means you get the same effect with a smaller dose; it’s a stronger version of our friend Modafinil.

Armodafinil is available from HighStreetPharma as branded or generic pills.  It’s a stronger drug with the same benefits as Modafinil; wakefulness, uplifted mood, increased energy, enhanced focus. Be aware that for some there may be a harder “crash” in the form of headaches; minimize this by drinking plenty of water throughout your day. Respect the recommended dosage of Armodafinil, which is one pill, taken on waking.

Modafinil is an effective, yet gentler drug, so if you are new to nootropics, start there. If you want to compare both side-by side, you can buy sample packs that have both drugs; most vendors featured on BMO sell inexpensive trial packs to help you choose your go-to smart drug.

I have enjoyed both drugs, although these days I prefer to use Armodafinil more often than not. When it comes to your own preference, you will get the same basic benefits with both Armodafinil and Modafinil.  Your only choice is whether you want the stronger version. Some days you might want the gentler experience. When it comes to Armodafinil Vs Modafinil it’s just a question of strength.