How Do Modafinil and Caffeine Interact With Each Other
Getting insufficient sleep is perhaps the most well-known and perceived medical condition around the world. Various medical conditions like irregular bowel movements, kidney problems, and other several pathological conditions play a crucial role in sleep deficits.
In the course of staying awake late and completing their work in this fast-growing world, most people tend to have a cup of coffee at regular intervals. Caffeine present in the coffee gives a cognitive boost to improve focus and lift up the mood. Despite this, caffeine isn’t considered a “pure cognitive enhancer”.
Experts consider Modafinil as the real contender for the best cognitive booster. Earlier used to treat various sleep disorders, now used as a smart drug or nootropics. It is yet not fully understood how this drug works but once administered can enhance attention, learning skills, and other motor abilities. It also boosts what is called “fluid intelligence” – which involves problem-solving and creative thinking.
What is Modafinil?
Modafinil is a prescriptive drug given to enhance sleeplessness and attentiveness. It is approved by the United States Food and Drugs Administration and used as a treatment for Narcolepsy, Chronic Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and Shift Work Sleep Disorder. It is also helpful in the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder (ADHD).
Seeing its various uses, it is generally given to military personnel to treat daytime sleepiness. A popular nootropic drug Modalert 200 mg is often prescribed as the first line of treatment. Nowadays, people take Modafinil to prevent weariness and increase overall productivity at work or school. It’s used to improve focus and concentration by increasing dopamine levels in the brain.
Modafinil promotes alertness by triggering different centers present in the brain i.e., Parasympathetic Nervous System (SNS). By stimulating SNS, it increases the travel speed of neural signals. An increased neural speed leads to faster calculations, faster reaction times, and improved thinking and decision-making skills. It also results in the conversion of short-term memory into long-term memory, heightens your mood, and affects the sleep/wake cycle like Armodafinil 150 mg (enantiopure of the wakefulness-promoting drug Modafinil).
What is caffeine?
Caffeine is a naturally occurring plant metabolite/chemical or product that is usually found in leaves, seeds, and fruits of more than 60 types of plants including the basic tea and coffee. Its properties do not vary with different sources and have the same basic composition. It is commonly consumed to improve wakefulness and mental alertness. It can also be used along with different medications like painkillers to prevent headaches or in the case of diseases like Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder (ADHD), asthma, etc.
Once the coffee is consumed, it is readily absorbed through the stomach into the bloodstream. From there, it travels to the liver where it is broken down into various ingredients with the help of body enzymes. These ingredients thereafter affect the functioning of various organs. In the brain, caffeine blocks the receptor for the Adenosine neurotransmitter that calms the brain and makes you feel tired. Modvigil 200 mg tablets, which contain Modafinil, function the same as caffeine by altering the neurotransmitters in the brain.
How do Modafinil and Caffeine interact?
Although it may seem that Modafinil and Caffeine work the same way and provide the same nootropic effects, they work actually in very separate ways. “Modafinil is usually associated with increased histaminergic, glutaminergic, and hypocretin activity and decreased gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) (a neurotransmitter) activity in different neural folds (usually thalamus) of the brain“. GABA is known to be promoting sleepiness. Modafinil suppresses this activity and this delays sleepiness.
Like Modafinil, Caffeine works the same by inhibiting GABA. However, the mechanism by which it promotes wakefulness is slightly different. As mentioned earlier, it blocks the adenosine neurotransmitter, which is responsible for triggering the sleep cycle. Caffeine also increases the production of other neurotransmitters like acetylcholine, dopamine, and glutamate which is considered to be Caffeine’s secondary action.
You can have coffee while you are on Modafinil. It is believed that together they can achieve enhanced levels of cognitive abilities. You just have to be a bit careful as they both are very powerful and can be harmful if taken otherwise. If you are new to these, it is usually advised not to mix these two as either one of them can be enough for you.
For people who get tired due to the action of adenosine, Modafinil won’t help much. On the other hand, for people who get tired due to their sleep-wake cycle, caffeine will not produce any difference. So, although there are some reported side effects, it is also advantageous as they produce the same effects, and also differ in their mode of action. Thus, the mix can produce a broader effect than either single chemical.
It is generally prescribed to consume one coffee every 3 hours when you are taking Modafinil along with coffee. Using tea as a source of Caffeine, you can have at least 1 cup every hour along with the medication. Drink a minimum of 3 liters of water every day. You can ‘Bulletproof’ your coffee by adding healthy, soluble fats to reduce the side effects of the mix of the medication and the Caffeine.