What is Adrafinil?
Adrafinil is a drug that increases alertness and awakeness. Adrafinil is a stimulant, however, it does not promote hyperactivity. Adrafinil prevents drowsiness, and it is beneficial for people who have to stay awake for long periods of time due to their jobs or other reasons. Adrafinil is also beneficial to the elderly to promote energy. It has been voluntarily discontinued and was marketed in France under the name Olmifon. Adrafinil does not require a doctors prescription to get.
Benefits of Adrafinil
Adrafinil was originally used in France for patients with sleepiness to promote wakefulness. It is also beneficial for keeping people awake for long periods and promoting energy in the elderly. It is also well tolerated, and was tested to see if it worked as an anti-depressant and showed it was efficient. The drug reduced the breakdown of dopamine which improves a person’s mood, helps to regulate sleep and reduces overall stress. The drug also increased memory.
The correct prescribed dosage of Adrafinil for adults is between 100-300mg daily. Adrafinil should be taken in the morning to promote wakefulness all day, and should not be taken in the evening. It should be taken on an empty stomach, at least an hour before eating, to achieve the best results.
Side effects of Adrafinil include nausea, dizziness, and headaches, and has caused stomach pain in some people who use the drug. The drug also was shown to have a possible adverse effect on the liver when taken for extended periods of time. There have been some reports of topical skin conditions but these are very rare. The drug has also shown to increase blood pressure.
Long-term Use of Adrafinil
Many people use Adrafinil long term as a supplement and experience positive reactions like increases in cognition and alertness. Adrafinil can, however, can cause liver problems like Tylenol and Advil can, and can cause the liver to tolerate unhealthy enzymes over time.
Short-term Use of Adrafinil
There have been studies dealing with people who have taken placebos compared to those who’ve taken Adrafinil. In a thirty day time period, those who took Adrafinil reported more wakefulness, alertness, and energy than those who took the placebo.
People who take Adrafinil as a supplement genuinely feel like they are more alert, awake and have more energy. It’s a common supplement for college kids to take while cramming for exams, and it’s very common for people who have to work all night and stay awake (truck drivers, nurses) for long periods of time. If taken in the correct doses it should make a person feel better and more energetic over time, and it should help regulate a person’s sleep.
Adrafinil was research in France in the later 70s and early 80s as a medication for people with sleeping conditions like sleepiness. Since then, there have been many studies done on Adrafinil and the effects of the drug. It was discontinued but it’s not regulated by the FDA so it is legally sold in the United States in the form of supplements. It’s caught on in the past couple of years and many people use it daily as part of their supplemental regime for memory improvement and increased energy.
Reviews and Final Thoughts
Many people who’ve taken Adrafinil have said that it has helped them with ‘unbreakable concentration’ and have likened it to attention deficit disorder medication. Some people say that they mix the supplement with caffeine drinks like coffee for maximum effect. Adrafinil can be beneficial for people who need to feel more alert and want to feel less ‘exhausted.’
Adrafinil is not regulated by the FDA so it’s wise to do as much research as possible before taking any supplement containing the substance. It’s also wise to consult a doctor before adding Adrafinil to your diet.