Adrafinil Addiction Risks, Is Adrafinil Legal?
Adrafinil is a synthetic nootropic compound that increases alertness and wakefulness. It was discovered in the 1970s by Lafon Laboratories and marketed in Europe under the brand name Olmifon. It was primarily used as a treatment for narcolepsy and other sleep disorders. Olmifon was discontinued in 2011, but Adrafinil is unregulated in the US and Canada.
While it is a stimulant, Adrafinil does not cause hyperactivity and it is often used to fight off drowsiness. It has been shown to produce significant cognitive benefits as well, such as increased focus and increased cognitive function, but these effects require more study.
The recommended dosage is 300 – 900 mg daily, but you can take a smaller (25 – 50 mg) dose to test its properties as a beginner. It is recommended to be ingested on an empty stomach and should be taken in the morning to allow for normal night’s sleep. Effects can be felt within an hour and can last up to 3-4 hours. It can heavily tax the liver, so long-term use is not recommended. It is recommended to take this drug no more than three times per week and no longer than five months at a time.
Potential Side Effects
Adrafinil uses the part of the nervous system that controls adrenaline output. As a result, side effects can include anxiety and irritability, which are exacerbated when using the drug. There is consistent reports of increased heart rate and blood pressure.
How To Use Properly
Use a scale for measurement – do NOT determine dosage by simply “eyeballing it”. You can use water to help with ingestion.
Documented side effects include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and stomach discomfort. The most serious complications involve decreased liver function. High blood pressure and heart problems can occur when taking higher doses. Adrafinil is converted into Modafinil in the liver, which results in interference with liver enzymes, and other issues.
Adrafinil is legal for purchase in the USA and Canada. It is widely available for purchase on the internet and is legal in many countries, without restriction. It is currently unscheduled in the United States.
It is currently unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It has not been submitted for, nor has it been approved by the FDA, for any specific clinical uses requiring a prescription.
Adrafinil is useful for increased focus, concentration, wakefulness, anti-fatigue. It is handy for late shift workers and students who wish to study due to the heightened clarity and focus it bestows. It lacks most of the crashes that come with widely available energy drinks or pills, but it is not a recommended for long-term use due to its effects on the liver. It’s close cousin, Modafinil, is considered a superior choice for the same experience.
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