How to Manage Irritability When Taking Modafinil
Updated: Aug 10, 2022
Modafinil is a medication that is used to improve wakefulness in people who have sleep disorders.
While it has many benefits, one potential side effect is irritability. For some people, this can be a major issue and can affect their work or personal life.
If you're experiencing this symptom, there are several ways to manage irritability when taking Modafinil - we'll be going through a few of them now in this article.
Let's get into it.
How to manage irritability when taking Modafinil
No matter how effective a medication is, there are always potential side effects. Modafinil is no exception. Some of the most common side effects include headache, nausea, and the dreaded irritability.
Irritability being a common side effect of Modafinil can affect people in different ways. Some people are perpetually irritated so it doesn't phase them too much - they're used to navigating their life and having to manage their irritation levels. For others they might not be used to it and Modafinil can make them short-tempered and more easily annoyed. For others, it can cause feelings of anxiety or aggression.
If you find that you're becoming more irritable when taking Modafinil, there are a few things you can do to help manage the problem.
One is to space out your doses throughout the day, rather than taking all of your dose at once. This can help to avoid any sudden spikes or drops in energy levels that might contribute to the irritability that you've been experiencing.
Another thing you can do is take breaks away from your work throughout the day. Easier said than done. But, taking breaks will give your body a chance to rest and recharge, which can also help reduce your irritability levels.
Finally, try to avoid caffeine and alcohol while taking Modafinil. Both of these substances can aggravate symptoms of irritability.
If the symptoms of irritability persist then it would be worthwhile not taking any more Modafinil until you've had a chance to clear it out of your system. The quickest way that I've found to start feeling yourself again is either having a nap (although usually very tough when you're wired with Modafinil), or doing some exercise and building up a sweat.
Try going for a brisk walk outside, or head over to the local gym and do a quick class. The change of environment, as well as forcing your body to flush out some of those chemicals in your body that are causing you to be so irritated.
If you remain irritated after all of this, take a longer break from what you're doing and also take a break from Modafinil until you're feeling yourself again. It's better to walk away than sticking around at the office or job site and potentially doing something or saying something that you might later regret.
Tomorrow is another day! A fresh start.
Dosage and usage instructions for Modafinil
We've prepared a full dosage breakdown article if you'd like to go check it out.
When taking Modafinil, it is important to follow the dosage and usage instructions provided.
Typically, Modafinil is taken in tablet form, and the dose will vary depending on the individual's needs and tolerance. By taking too much without first allowing your body to get used to Modafinil, or giving yourself time to get used to the impact that it has on your body and sensors, can be what causes you to feel irritated.
It is generally recommended that Modafinil be taken in two doses per day, one in the morning and one in the evening. However, your doctor may prescribe a different dosage schedule depending on your personal situation, as well as any other medication that you may be taking.
Alternatively, you might have been experimenting and found that there is a certain balance and quantity that works best for you. Be sure to remain on the conservative side, and give your body ample rest and time to recover following periods of consistent and high dosages of Modafinil.
It is advised not to take more than the recommended dose or use it for longer than necessary. Less is usually more when it comes to Modafinil. Too much all at once can sometimes have the opposite result e.g. increasing the risk of side effects.
You want to remain in the zone - you don't want Modafinil to hinder your productivity!
Where to buy Modafinil
While Modafinil can be purchased from your local pharmacy with a valid prescription, it can also be purchased online easily enough without a prescription.
That being said, it isn't obvious to know where to purchase from and which vendor you can trust. This is why we've prepared some detailed vendor reviews to help you find a supplier that best suits your needs based on how much you're looking to spend and what country you live in.