What Is Adrafinil & How Can It Help Me Study?


Adrafinil, also marketed under the name Olmifon, is a eugeroic, a drug that is normally taken for the purpose of cognitive enhancement. This “smart drug” is known for its effects on cognitive ability and alertness. It also helps with energy, motivation, focus, and productivity. It’s been used to treat such disorders as narcolepsy and to help with cognitive awareness. A typical user of this supplement might be someone who occasionally works long hours or has a demanding job or task, such as a high-level exam to study for or if they have a long night shift to get through. It is also good for combating a case of jetlag.

Adrafinil is often compared to a similar drug with a slightly modified chemical structure called Modafinil, which has recently been getting a lot of press due to its potential use as a treatment for patients with psychosis.

Some differences between Adrafinil and Modafinil:

  • Modafinil is more potent
  • Adrafinil is more widely available without a prescription
  • It is converted to modafinil when it gets into the body
  • It is also is slightly cheaper and easier to acquire than modafinil


People who use Adrafinil report feelings of wakefulness and an overall boost that is less intense or jittery than that of caffeine or other stimulants.

“It doesn’t give me that ‘bionic’ sort of hyperfocus that the amphetamines do, but it does give me a boost in focus and awareness that is more effective than caffeine, which is often all I need.”—(Erowid Experience Vaults)

Adrafinil users report a wide array of “feel-good” moods and other benefits like increased energy for social engagement (“chattiness”) and improved sleep. 


Up until September of 2011 when it was discontinued, Adrafinil was marketed as Olmifon in France. There was no clear reason behind this decision as there were no specific harmful effects to Adrafinil consumption. The only report was that the “benefit/risk ratio of it is unfavorable.” Nevertheless, Adrafinil and Modafinil are on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited substances list.  

In New Zealand, Adrafinil was classified as a prescription drug some time ago. In most countries today, adrafinil is not a prescription drug nor is its manufacture restricted.  Still, it has not been officially recognized by regulatory bodies like the UK FDA, the US FDA or Health Canada. In such countries, the general guideline is that it’s legal for people to purchase a 3-month supply for personal or research purposes.


Some users have reported receiving bad quality (“bunk”) Adrafinil from certain companies. You can do a simple taste-test to determine whether it’s legit: if it’s tasteless, it isn’t. To check the authenticity of the substances you buy online, try to get a hold of a Certificate of Authenticity (COA), which is an analysis of ingredients in the substance to ensure its authenticity. It’s a good idea to ask for a COA to keep the pressure on manufacturers and retailers to stay transparent about their products.  



Do not take this drug with amphetamines, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, are at risk of heart complications or have liver problems. Note that while allergic reactions are rare, they are possible. Users report mild side effects like headaches and mild stomach irritation. Other side effects include dry mouth, insomnia, anxiety and heart palpitations. People who have heart conditions, high blood pressure or mood-related disorders should check with a physician before taking any nootropics. It should only be taken on occasion. Long term or regular use could negatively affect sleep cycles and possibly even memory.

Adrafinil is not known to be addictive or unsafe, but in general, it is important to take precautions with any “smart drug” as they all have the potential to be both tolerance-building and addictive or have other unexpected side effects, depending on the person. It’s important that you start with low doses.


  • Start by mixing 100mg powder with juice or water.
  • If you do not notice any difference, try moving the dose up to 200mg/day. 
  • Take note of how you feel as your body absorbs and processes it.
  • Do not go over 300mg.  
  • Don’t take it late at night.
  • Do not take more than 3 times per week or for longer than 5 months.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.