Similar to the eugeroic drug modafinil, armodafinil is not only stronger and more potent as a wakefulness drug, but is also considered to be more pure.

Because of this, armodafinil is classified as a prescription medication throughout the world; in countries like Canada, Australia, the UK, and Germany. In each country, a valid prescription must be provided in order to purchase this nootropic. Therefore, it is important to research any nation’s laws regarding the legality of purchasing, importing, and using armodafinil, not only in pharmacy’s, but online as well.


Armodafinil creates a positive arousal in the central nervous system by boosting histamine levels, a compound released as a response to injuries and allergic reactions. This compound relates to the triggering of what is known as the “fight or flight” mechanism in the brain, resulting in heightened mental awareness and an increased state of sensory stimulus.

It is useful in the treatment of sleep apnea and narcolepsy, and can possibly alleviate symptoms of those diagnosed with ADHD. Armodafinil also provides greatly enhanced concentration in its users, as well as the ability to work and/or study with an optimal level of production and focus.

Side effects

Common side effects include but are not limited to: headaches, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, insomnia, dryness of the mouth, depression, and fatigue. Even less common are allergic symptoms, such as swelling throughout the face or difficulty breathing. Chest pains and heart palpitations are also possible.

However, armodafinil does not carry other traditional side effects found in many other nootropics. Users report that a more natural, clear sense of being remains after its beneficial effects have subsided, and even those seem to last longer, with users reporting them to be more potent as well.

Most individuals will not typically go through the effects of restlessness, jitters, anxiety, or drastic changes in blood pressure.


It is always best to abide by the levels of consumption that a qualified physician will prescribe. However, it is generally recommended for dosages to be taken early on in the day to avoid any possible sleep disturbances.

Non-Prescription Alternatives

Since a prescription is generally needed to purchase armodafinil, the most common alternatives for this nootropic can be found in Adrafinil and Racetams, a class of compounds that are based from Piracetam, the first nootropic.

Each provide beneficial effects to memory, as well as an individual’s learning capacity.

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