My Favorite Alternatives To Modafinil

The various versions of Modafinil

I can think of a few reasons why someone might be on the search for an alternative to Modafinil. Perhaps you think it’s too expensive, or maybe you’ve tried Modafinil but didn’t respond well. Maybe you lost your supplier and are looking for another one.

Whatever the case, I can think of a few nootropics that fit the bill as somewhat comparable. Let’s get one thing straight though, only Modafinil will ever feel like Modafinil.

The following is a list of my favorite Modafinil alternatives in no particular order.

Alternative choices

My first go to Alternative is actually a stack. ALCAR and Caffeine is a formidable contender and a potent alternative to Modafinil. It checks all the boxes that count – mental energy and wakefulness. I actually sometimes prefer this stack over Modafinil because the cognitive benefits far exceed what Modafinil can deliver. Most people think of Modafinil as the king of nootropics but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, all Modafinil is going to do is wake you up. You don’t experience a significant increase in cognitive output like you would from real nootropics like ALCAR and Caffeine. I’ve talked about ALCAR before at length, and I think it’s a fantastic nootropic and a strong mental energizer. Combined with a cup of coffee, you’re damn near unstoppable. And the best part? You’re not going to lose any sleep that night.

Next up I present a true powerhouse stack. Piracetam + Caffeine. I can’t say enough good things about Piracetam. It’s great stuff for depression, it delivers insane mental energy, and there’s a creative aspect to the experience you don’t get from other nootropics. My brain fires up like a jet engine on Piracetam. I become much more creative, talkative, and my ability to problem solve goes through the roof. I have more than enough energy to get through the day and as an introvert, I find myself keeping up with even the most extroverted individuals. It’s fantastic stuff. Once again, Piracetam not only wakes you up but delivers potent cognitive benefits too. The caffeine is crucial in these stacks because it delivers that slight boost in mood you feel on Modafinil.

Actually, you might have lots of success using any type of racetam, except maybe Aniracetam because it’s know as the more calming variety. Any alternative to Modafinil must be stimulating by nature. Phenylpiracetam is super stimulating as is Pramiracetam and Oxiracetam. Lot’s of people have reaped tremendous benefits from Phenylpiracetam and users note powerful mental AND physical boosts in energy. It’s a great all around nootropic, and a compound BANNED from professional sports by the World Anti Doping Agency. That’s saying something right there.

Now, I left the obvious choice last but there is always Adrafinil. Adrafinil is the little brother to Modafinil. Once in the body, Adrafinil begins the process of converting to Modafinil. This means it takes much longer to effect you, and the overall punch is going to be significantly weaker. With that said, Adrafinil will wake you up but not like Modafinil.

Final thoughts

If your goal is to feel awake, alert, and focused, there are plenty of alternatives to Modafinil to tackle the job. If your goal is to feel like you have just taken Modafinil, just take Modafinil. 


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