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Good For the Mind, But Not the Heart
Modafinil
Citation:   23 year old female . "Good For the Mind, But Not the Heart: An Experience with Modafinil (exp70840)". Erowid.org. Nov 5, 2008. erowid.org/exp/70840

 
DOSE:
300 mg oral Modafinil
BODY WEIGHT: 57 kg
200 - 400 mg

I have recently experimented with Modafinil to enhance my ability to study for longer periods. Although I love the effects that it has, I am extremely concerned upon the long-term impact it could have on my health. There have been several occasions that it produces strong palpitations in my heart, causing irregular heart beats, a throbbing pulse, and an unnatural awareness of my heart beat. On one occasion, I have found that my heart beat, felt through my chest, was moving at a much rapid pace than my pulse!

Sometimes, when I am trying to sleep (which could be up to 20 hours after taking the dose), the pulse in my neck or on the side of my head begins bounding. I have read on many occasions that it could be linked to Tachycardia, or high blood pressure. I am extremely concerned that the changes I am noticing in my heart could trigger problems later in life, or that they will not stop once I cease taking this drug. Despite these concerns, I find that I am unwilling to stop modafinil because of the benefits it brings to me. I wonder if other people have had these experiences.

Exp Year: 2007ExpID: 70840
Gender: Female 
Age at time of experience: Not Given
Published: Nov 5, 2008Views: 18,339
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Modafinil (217) : Health Problems (27), Overdose (29), Retrospective / Summary (11), Not Applicable (38)

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