Armodafinil is a new wakefulness enhancing agent approved for sale by the FDA in 2007. It is a closely related to an older, less enhanced form of a medication known as Modafinil (also known as Provigil® or Modalert), which has been in use around the world for over 25 years.
Modafinil itself is based on an older medication developed in the 1970s known as Adrafinil. Adrafinil is metabolized by the body into Modrafinil, and is much less effective. Use of Adrafinil cannot be recommended, due to its side effects of stomach pain, skin irritations, feelings of tension, and increases in liver enzyme levels. It is also very important to monitor liver function in Adrafinil users, as it has been known to cause liver damage. Neither Modafinil or Armodafinil are known to have an affect on liver function.
Armodafinil is an enantiopure drug, containing only the active (−)-(R)-enantiomer of Modafinil. Due to its improved purity and stability, Armodafinil is recognised as being gentler than Modafinil but more potent, and as having fewer overall side effects. Needless to say, it is also a lot safer than Adrafinil.
Armodafinil is used safely every day by people suffering from sleep disorders such as jet leg, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia and shift work sleep disorder. Due to the gentle nature of its wakefulness enhancing effects however, it has become popular amongst anyone that needs to feel more awake. It also has a wide cognitive enhancing effects, and in scientific studies has been proven to increase concentration, creativity and intelligence. Many people have also reported that the use of Armodafinil assists them in entering a “flow” like state. In other words, Armodafinil is like oil on a squeaky wheel.
Most people don’t use Armodafinil every day, or even every week. Instead they make use of it on days when they need an extra boost in energy, concentration or creativity.