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Going Long Stretches Without Seems Essential
Modafinil
Citation:   timefill. "Going Long Stretches Without Seems Essential: An Experience with Modafinil (exp94753)". Erowid.org. May 30, 2019. erowid.org/exp/94753

 
DOSE:
    Modafinil
BODY WEIGHT: 185 lb
3 Years of Provigil

When I first started using provigil I quickly came to think it was the most useful/beneficial drug that I had used. I had no reservations about using it consistently each week.

On provigil I experienced a general improvement in working memory, when I read something it would feel more clear, more crisp. Starting use of provigil was one of the main factors ending a 6 month long mild depression and beginning a very happy year with lots of creative and personal accomplishments.

When I entered another period of mild depression, I got no help from provigil, in this state it seemed to stop having an effect.

After using heavy amounts of provigil for 4-6 days it stops having an effect. The cost of having a few days of intense concentration and relaxation is that I have to go through a few days when I am more irritable and less focused.
The cost of having a few days of intense concentration and relaxation is that I have to go through a few days when I am more irritable and less focused.
One drawback of prolonged provigil use is the loss of a daily consistency in mood, instead there are days when I am real sharp, and days when I am dull. There are more sharp days than dull days however and I am confident that I end up reading more/studying more/writing more with provigil in my life than without it.

After three months of using I go a month without any. The first ~2 weeks I miss provigil and feel of diminished mental strength without it, but then start getting into a strong routine and feel just as capable or more capable without provigil than with it. Going long stretches without provigil seems absolutely essential to deriving any real benefit from the drug.

When taking provigil I very often go 3-4 days with a total of 8-10 hours of sleep. Instead of sleeping I spend a-lot of time laying in bed in a relaxed sometimes hypnotic state. I will experience prolonged periods of hypnagogic imagery (visual and auditory), dreaming while conscious essentially, and have come to call this 'manual dreaming'.

When I take a dose of provigil I often feel more sedate and relaxed, and also focused. Perhaps this is my body compensating for 2 hours of sleep a day by strong activation of the parasympathetic nervous system?

I haven't noticed any changes in general health or biological well-being, and don't find any cause to suspect them coming from prlonged provigil use.

Exp Year: 2010ExpID: 94753
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 27
Published: May 30, 2019Views: 885
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Modafinil (217) : Not Applicable (38), Performance Enhancement (50), Retrospective / Summary (11)

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