More on drugs that supposedly give you mental superpowers

May 15th, 2008 by jose

Just as a quick follow-up to this post, … there seems to be a narcolepsy drug that works really well for periods when you need a lot of concentration.

The drug name is provigil. The article is a pretty hard-core testimonial on its effect. There’s an interesting discussion here. The article seems to mention no negative side effects (other than making you eat less!) but in the discussion some people mention serious stuff like : “nervousness, insomnia, excitation, irritability, tremors, dizziness and headaches“.

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4 Responses to “More on drugs that supposedly give you mental superpowers”

  1. Mr. GunnNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi Jose!

    The article discussing modafinil was a little over-enthusiastic, I think. It’s more suited for people who have to say alert and watchful for long periods of time, rather than people who need to make better decisions. It would help night watchmen or troops on combat missions more than it would help a scientist or software developer.

  2. online doctorNo Gravatar Says:

    I have found provigil very effective, but as with most drugs, some suffer adverse reactions. Side effects to watch out for include:

    –fever, sore throat, headache, and vomiting with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;

    –bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;

    –easy bruising or bleeding;

    –white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;

    –hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior;

    –depression, anxiety; or chest pain, uneven heart beats.

  3. Gravatar Says:

    I agree , At first glance Provigil seem like a wonder drug with it’s ability to enhance your concentration , raises your level of activity and wonder of wonders makes you lose your appetite ( music to the ears of those who wants to lose weight ).

    But I’m very very cautious when it comes to drugs that target the brain. It’s a very sensitive organ that it that theres no telling what accumulative side effects that Provigil has on it. And your right we still don’t know the long term effects it has since people started taking it just recently.

  4. Randy Spelling Says:

    I’m going to have to agree with the above comment. It is my experience that a psychoactive drug, no matter how hyped up it has become, is never a ‘magic bullet’.

    People will always be searching for the ‘magic bullet’ medication, because it always seems like the easier way. It is my opinion that the true mental superpowers come through natural methods such as meditation.

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