Artvigil, also known as Armodafinil, is like Modafinil in that the drug relieves excess sleepiness.
But, the two drugs don’t have identical effects or efficacy. Here, we’ll look at Artvigil vs. Modalert key differences and similarities.
Artvigil vs. Modalert.
Differences and Similarities
What is Artvigil?
Artvigil is one of several generic equivalents of Armodafinil, known as Nuvigil.
Like Modafinil, doctors prescribe Artvigil to treat excessive sleepiness resulting from narcolepsy.
Similar to Modafinil, Armodafinil is also as effective at helping treat shift work disorder (SWD). As well as fatigue arising from conditions like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
From a pharmacological perspective, Artvigil is also very like Modafinil. Armodafinil is what is called an R-enantiomer of Modafinil.
This means that the active chemical molecules (enantiomers) in Armodafinil are mirror images.
Of the same enantiomers in Modafinil. (both drugs are the same but are structured differently.)
How is Artvigil Different from Modafinil?
The key difference between Armodafinil and Modafinil rests with each drug’s efficacy.
Artvigil has a longer half-life than Modafinil. This means that it takes longer for measurable Armodafinil levels in the bloodstream to reduce by 50% after taking Artvigil.
More Armodafinil is present for longer in a user’s blood plasma. This means that the neurological effects of Armodafinil last longer than those of Modafinil.
This results in several benefits to nootropic (smart drug) users.
Artvigil increases wakefulness for longer than Modafinil in most users.
Whereas Modafinil users take 200 mg daily, Armodafinil can provide long-lasting wakefulness when taken in doses of 150 mg.
Both Modafinil and Artvigil have similar known side effects. Yet, evidence suggests that Artvigil is less likely to cause side effects.
- Back pain,
- Nasal congestion
- and Nervousness.
Artvigil vs. Modalert – Which is the Better Smart Drug?
At present, research suggests that Artvigil is more effective than Modafinil when promoting wakefulness.
Clinical studies show that when used to treat excessive sleepiness. Artvigil offers longer-lasting wakefulness than Modalert, Provigil, and other Modafinil equivalents.
Yet, the jury is still out when it comes to which drug has the best efficacy as a nootropic.
What the Research Says.
Doctors in the U.S. have only been prescribing Armodafinil since 2007. (This being when the drug was first approved for use by the FDA.)
The studies that we have on Armodafinil, thus, focus on Artvigil’s efficacy at promoting wakefulness.
By comparison, several studies exist which show that Modafinil can improve cognition. As well as promote wakefulness.
- Studies show that Modafinil can improve problem-solving.
- Research demonstrates that Modafinil can enhance language skills.
- Modafinil is proven to improve cognitive focus and planning.
As it stands, the body of research available for Armodafinil. It does not suggest that Armodafinil has cognitive-enhancing benefits that are separate.
As is the case with Modafinil, it can improve wakefulness.
But, this does not mean that such benefits do not exist. This means that no research exists at present, which demonstrates otherwise.
Modafinil’s Known Benefits.
Modafinil’s has the ability to improve;
- Higher thinking,
- and Alertness.
What would you do with an extra few hours in the day?
- Or the ability to churn out buckets of focus on one task until it’s completed?
- Or able to experience more fluid speech and expression of thoughts?
- Increased confidence?
- A memory that doesn’t fail you?