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User Reviews for Modafinil

Also known as: Provigil

Modafinil has an average rating of 7.3 out of 10 from a total of 405 ratings on Drugs.com. 65% of those users who reviewed Modafinil reported a positive effect, while 18% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Narcolepsy  
6.6
139 reviews 17 medications
Depression  Off-label
8.7
58 reviews 78 medications
Fatigue  Off-label
7.3
55 reviews 5 medications
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  Off-label
6.3
46 reviews 2 medications
Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome  
7.8
36 reviews 3 medications
ADHD  Off-label
7.6
33 reviews 42 medications
Shift Work Sleep Disorder  
8.5
21 reviews 2 medications
Drowsiness  Off-label
6.9
17 reviews 29 medications
Summary of Modafinil reviews 7.3 405 reviews

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Reviews for Modafinil

Kay · Taken for less than 1 month May 10, 2021

For Narcolepsy: “I experienced Narcolepsy symptoms my entire life (without cataplexy). I would fall asleep while driving, take naps in the bathroom floor at work, sneak off to sleep in my car during events. The sleep attacks were debilitating. I haven't been on this med long (only a few weeks) but I've felt incredibly better. It took about 4 days for it to work fully. I don't feel jittery or unnaturally focused, both of which Adderall causes. I simply feel like "me" just more awake. Don't even need my coffee. I take 100mg in the morning and 100mg in the afternoon. Some reviews say it has increased mood/ reduced depression but that hasn't been the case for me. Regardless, it is truly a life changer. Use GoodRX: It costs me $25 for a 30 day supply of 200mg pills”

9 / 10
Jude · Taken for 10 years or more May 6, 2021

For Fatigue: “I’ve taken Provigil/Modafinil over 20 years now for severe MS excessive daytime fatigue. Started on 50 mgs went up to 100 mgs and now I’ve been on 400mg a day (200 mg in am 200 mg afternoon), no side effects ever, The first * maybe* 5 years or a bit more were great! Now, I can sleep after taking it. I take a break each month for a week, sometimes two weeks but when I start back up again still just as fatigued. I tried switching to Ritalin and the other med prescribed for MS fatigue (off label) Ritalin made me narcoleptic, for real, I’d fall sound asleep w/out knowing it and the other did nothing so I’m back on Modafinil. I wish it worked liked it used to..hoping they approve Sunosi for off label use soon!.”

8 / 10
Aussie Keith · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 25, 2021

For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: “Modafinil twice daily (c 0700 & 1300) suppressed fatigue and cognitive dysfunction.”

9 / 10

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Bullfrog · Taken for 10 years or more February 14, 2020

For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: “Please be very very careful taking this. My life is now in turmoil because of my addiction to this medication. As I write I’m searching the internet to find a supplier. I’m terrified of running out in 3 days. There is an underground consensus on the physical and psychological withdrawals. The best I can do is share my experience with others to hopefully avoid terrible heartache in your life, I’ve already messed mine up. Please try and get by without this medication it does work and works very very good, hence my addiction. But again I want to help people before they get into the situation I’m in. I know many others as well that struggle with this. Please be careful if you decide to take this.”

10 / 10
Nope · Taken for 2 to 5 years November 5, 2019

For Depression: “Modafinil helps me feel human. I have had major depression since I was 15 years old. Finally something worked. I developed severe apnea and was prescribed modafinil. Totally unintended but my depression started to subside. Unfortunately, it doesn't stay away if I stop taking modafinil. I asked my psychiatrist to prescribe it for me. He would not. My debate was this, I had taken every single drug cocktail thrown at me for years and years. I never blinked. I complied. Now I find something that works and I can't have it? Put me in a study. I'll do whatever it takes, I said. I'm telling you I have my life back. I can feel happy and hopeful again. He said No.”

10 / 10
JayR May 9, 2019

For ADHD: “My whole life I struggled to with focus, energy and confidence. It took great effort to pay attention and I struggled to complete things. Teachers, family and friends told me I was a daydreamer, an underachiever and lazy. I felt shame that I was not good enough and must just try harder. Then I was prescribed Modafinil at age 40 and was able to focus, had energy and social confidence. When visiting museums I was unable to focus on exhibitions for more than 2 minutes, I now spend a whole days museums reading everything! I've been discriminated for being forgetful, distracted and underachieving. Now I'm succeeding in a new career, communicate effectively and no longer feel shame. Unfortunately here in the U.K. doctors it is so hard to get a prescription. Shouldn't I have the right to a drug which makes me equal to my peers, able to reach my dreams and contribute to society. My greatest fear is access to obtaining it being blocked.”

10 / 10
jaguiar May 20, 2009

Provigil (modafinil) for Depression: “This is a WONDER DRUG in the use of depression. I have suffered for years with depression and never with any relief from the mainstream anti-depressants. Either the side effects were intolerable, or the medicine just didn't work. Within 3 days of taking Provigil, I was the happiest, most productive I had been in a year. The first 2 days I was still really sleepy, and the 3rd day, a little hyper, but after that day I have felt EXCELLENT. I don't have anxiety attacks anymore and I get a full night of "good" sleep and wake up feeling extremely refreshed and I am happy again. I was on my couch for a straight 6 months sleeping and crying until I started this medicine. It literally saved my life.”

10 / 10

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funseizem September 29, 2020

For Fatigue: “I was prescribed Modafinil by my psychiatrist to help my chronic fatigue and depression (off-label). I am an addict in recovery (going on 9 months sober) and although this is not officially a stimulant, it toes the line *just enough* that it almost spun me into relapse. There's plenty of testimonials testifying how amazing this drug is and that it isn't addictive. I was more wakeful but the anxiety it gave me was not worth it the boost, plus I fantasized about upping my dose immediately. I ended up giving my medication to my boyfriend to throw away and having to tell my sobriety sponsor about it. I was on 100 mg, prescribed to take it every morning. I was on Modafinil for 2 months and quit cold turkey, and couldn't stay awake more than a couple hours for several days. I felt the need to post a review to warn anyone thinking their sobriety will stay in tact with this drug, because it almost threw me completely off the wagon.”

1 / 10
Joyce · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 29, 2021

For Depression: “No exaggeration modafinil saved my life. Before this medication I was severely depressed and had tried numerous drugs with little success. I also tried ECT with no luck. I was very suicidal and hopeless then my psychiatrist prescribed me modafinil 200mg and my life has changed dramatically. I no longer spend days in bed. I am actually functional and even enjoy life. I am no longer suicidal for the first time in a decade.”

10 / 10
Willtry · Taken for 10 years or more July 22, 2019

For Fatigue: “Doctor denied my request for prescription. He would not prescribe it for “off label” use. I’m Blessed that another doctor suggested and gave me a sample. I have taken this for 10 years and can’t function without it. Yes, I started out with 1/2 tablet. Increased dose just to get the same effect. (For me, just making it through the day!). No super powers for me but I can’t function without it. I can recall the events of the days when the doctor increased my dose. Even by 1/2 tablet. It’s a miracle for me.”

10 / 10
NYer · Taken for less than 1 month February 11, 2020

For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: “I've been taking modafinil for two weeks now, 100 mg in the morning and 100 mg in the afternoon. I was so wanting this to be the miracle I was waiting for. I see absolutely no improved energy. I have more headaches and same bad fatigue. I hope there's something else I can try...”

1 / 10
There is Hope · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 7, 2017

For ADHD: “This medicine is literally a life changer. For so long I took adderall to get me through the day and to sustain focus during college courses. Adderall gave me severe anxiety and depression and I thought I had lost all hope seeing as that is "the best" drug for ADD... WRONG! Modafinil gives you the same level of focus without ANY side effects... no anxiety, no depression, no euphoria (which is great because adderall is very addictive) and minimal weight loss. It has improved my life to the point that my friends and family members have been commenting on how great I sound. I just wanted to share my experience (never have before, but I felt compelled to because this is an emotional topic for me) in case you're nervous about giving it a shot.”

10 / 10
Kay · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 30, 2021

For Fatigue: “I've been taking Modafinil 100mg daily for about 2 months now and it really helps me not feel tired during the day. I'm able to do more and feel the need to take naps and sleep 16 hours less. Before I take Modafinil in the morning, I feel quite tired and like I wanna go back to sleep for a long time, but once I take it, I'm better able to stay awake and more alert for longer periods of time. It usually wears off before I go to sleep too which is great and then I'm tired enough that I just fall right asleep at the end of the day”

9 / 10
Snuggeben · Taken for less than 1 month February 27, 2019

For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: “I have got my life back. For 3 weeks ago I could not even take a bath without sleeping up to ten hours after. Now I am painting and cleaning my flat. I can make my meals and eat them. And next month I am going to Spain on holidays ”

8 / 10
Coop · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 29, 2019

For Depression: “For me it's impressive! After my Burnout and the following depression, it was a struggle for me, that I wasn't able to bring the past performance. Lack of energy and concentration, mood swings, bad memory, and so on. With Modafinil I am able to work focused on my dream, fight procrastination (which was a real problem), think-power from past days (I often gave up when I had so solve something complex) I don't take it every day, sometimes only 1-2 days a week. Mostly when I'm working on my project or when I feel really bad. Side Effects: Headache during effect-phase (when I started, but was gone after the third intake) Insomnia (when you take it too late)”

9 / 10
ASA · Taken for less than 1 month August 3, 2020

For Fatigue: “Reading reviews, I really expected more from this drug. I built up a tolerance to Adderall due to long work hours. I’ve been taking 50-70mg of Vyvanse, but still completely out of gas in the afternoons. Asked my doctor for Modafinil at highest starting dose, so he gave me 200mg. This dosage did nothing for me. Overall, for me, there is a boost of energy/motivation about 2 hours after taking it (which doesn’t last long), then EXTREME fatigue in the afternoon/evening. Leaves me feeling worse and overall just kind of “off.” I’m really bummed”

4 / 10
LifeChanging October 3, 2020

Provigil (modafinil) for Narcolepsy: “Provigil has changed my life! I have been taking it for 6 months. I was prescribed 200mg. I usually take half a pill and I’m good to go for the entire work day. Before Provigil I was in danger of losing my job. I could not get out of bed. On weekends I would literally go to bed Friday night and not get dressed again until I forced myself out the door for work on Monday. After just a few days I felt like a new person! I don’t suffer any terrible side effects. The only thing is I have to make sure I am not talking excessively (as it tends to speed up my speech). I now even go to the gym after work! Never ever would have dreamed of doing that previously! I am down 30 pounds (working hard at it) and I am enjoying my life! It gave me my life back!”

10 / 10
doctor-elysee · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 22, 2019

For Fatigue: “Modafinal actually WORKED! I was a privatized combat medic/ER doctor and an adrenaline junkie. I have broken so many bones that it looks like it was hit by a train. During my last injury in the Middle East, I found out that I had severe SA and RA. Now I understand why I would become so fatigued when the natural adrenaline was not pumping through me. I do not take Modafinil every day so I do not get used to it, and as a doctor, I can make adjustments myself. It has made a big difference. If the dosage is not working for you, PLEASE inform your doctor and they can help with adjusting the right amount.”

10 / 10
Rosie · Taken for less than 1 month December 25, 2019

Provigil (modafinil) for Narcolepsy: “I have narcolepsy with cataplexy. Adderall, Ritalin, etc. did nothing for me. I’ve only been taking this for a short amount of time but unlike adderall or ritalin this not only physically keeps me awake but I don’t feel the horrible fatigue I usually do. It keeps me awake and feeling good while also easing any nervousness I have. I feel very calm while also being energized.:)”

10 / 10
Fox · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 25, 2019

For Fatigue: “I've been using Modafinil for a while now, mostly in periods where I have a lot of work to do and can't afford enough sleep, having a young son additionally. I've experienced noticeable less fatigue and better concentration, but also somehow it seems to making social interactions less stressful (I must say I'm not having any kind of social anxiety, just being maybe a shy person). Absolutely no side effects noticed, it starts working after 2 to 3 hours and lasting for about 8 to 12 for 200mg dose.”

10 / 10
myoman · Taken for less than 1 month March 14, 2013

Provigil (modafinil) for Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome: “This medication is AMAZING! After 20 years of excessive sleepiness I can finally make it through the day at work without falling asleep. No more nodding off at the wheel and I can enjoy the evening with my family without falling asleep. I've been in a great mood and have the energy I had when I was a kid. I just wish I found out about this many years ago. I take 100mg early morning and 100mg early afternoon. I have had no side effects at all to date.”

10 / 10
downindumps · Taken for less than 1 month December 28, 2014

For Depression: “I have suffered from major depression for over 20 years. The past 2 1/2 years have been devastating. I have now treatment resistant depression. I have been on all of the "modern" and some "old school" antidepressants including Lithium and MAOIs. I have had 2 rounds of ECT treatments in the past 2 years. They have knocked the suicidal ideation for a little while but this most recent round of 12 required "Maintenance" sessions. I have had 3 maintenance ECTs then my psych doc prescribed me Provigil. I started at 100 mg for 2 weeks then upped it to 200 mg. for the past 2 weeks. I have made it through the holiday season feeling the best I have in years. Now I am back to the way I was before my depression. Don't know why but it works.”

10 / 10
USAMaid October 30, 2019

For Fatigue: “Since my hospitalization with lung nodules in 2016, I have been totally devoid of energy. Recently, it has gotten worse. I spend most of the day in my recliner. My PCP prescribed modafinil and I took my first tablet this morning. The walk I took this evening approached power walking! It is now 10 PM and I am sitting here feeling as alert as I did when I first woke up this morning. In my particular case it has been nothing short of amazing. “Viagra for the brain” is how one article I read referred to modafinil. It has energized both brain and body. I couldn’t be happier! It’s a very expensive drug, so remember to use vouchers etc and shop around I cannot recommend it highly enough!”

10 / 10
patty · Taken for 1 to 2 years March 9, 2019

For Depression: “Modafinil is one of the best prescription drugs I have ever taken and I have tried everything. If it was not for this medication I could not even get up in the morning and do anything. This is the only one that works. No bad side effects at all only problem insurance won't pay for this so I somehow try too come up with the money too pay for this. This is something too try if nothing else's works. Also I have taken all ADD and depression meds I have even tried some of the new medication this is one of the Best.”

10 / 10
Dot · Taken for 2 to 5 years April 1, 2021

For Fatigue: “It really helps my exhaustion caused from MS. You have to find the right dosage that works for you; I discovered 50mg of Modafinal keeps me moving and accomplishing tasks all day—very productive. But, more than 100mg makes me too jittery. Also, I have to watch or even eliminate my caffeine intake when taking 50mg.”

9 / 10
kitty April 12, 2021

For ADHD: “Been on it for a month, 200mg per day. I like it, but definitely not the same person now. - Helped my chronic laziness. - Better focus. Feels very right, very normal. - I can hold coherent conversations with people now. - I can read more than a few lines without my mind drifting. - Confidence boost of sorts. - Makes me extremely jovial and exuberant. - Always had an eccentric and loud personality, but now I have literally no filter or composure and my ability to control or 'hold back' my impulses is worse, and I'll often find myself doing or saying whatever is on my mind, more often than before. - Hyperactivity is worse. - Attention span is longer now, it's still not long enough to achieve much really. - Forgetfulness and overthinking I'd say is the same. Overall not sure if it's the Modafinil or the placebo effect that is owed more credit here, but works either way.”

8 / 10
Anonymous April 1, 2009

Provigil (modafinil) for ADHD: “I've been on Provigil for 2 years now for ADD like symptoms caused by a brain injury. After 14 years of not being able to keep my thoughts together enough to hold a job, I can now connect the dots and have been working full time for a year and a half. I do not take Provigil to make me smarter or give me an edge. I just want to be able to balance my check book and hold a job. I no longer have insurance to help with the cost, so I have been trying to make what I have left last as long as possible. Lately I've been having trouble organizing my thoughts and being able to finish the simplest of chores. Looking back, it is amazing how much this drug helps me to live a normal life.”

10 / 10
ImahSleepyGirl · Taken for 10 years or more December 17, 2014

Provigil (modafinil) for Fatigue: “Provigil (Modafinil) was an absolute miracle for me to help me control my Multiple Sclerosis related fatigue. I have taken it for nearly 14 years with no side effects whatsoever (200mg two times a day). I liked that it never made me feel edgy, jumpy or nervous and I especially liked that I could still sleep with a 200mg dose on board as well so it didn't absolutely control my sleep patterns. Helpful. Effective. Cost prohibitive if unable to get insurance coverage for it. I have only recently stopped taking Modafinil due to my insurance (which I have the same company for the last 10 years) company not covering Modafinil for off-label uses (crazily, MS Fatigue being one of them?). So far, I am not at ALL impressed by any of the "substitutes".”

10 / 10

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