Decided to put this under "Wealth Hacking" but really I would consider it more "Performance Hacking" with wealth being quite optional.
I've been reading more on the effects of different doses of Modalert (Modafinil).
Based on some interesting feedback on different websites dating back to 2007 and up to present day, I tried "n=1" expiriments using 1/4 tablet (of the 200mg) on up to full tablet to see what effect smaller doses had on me. I tried 50mg on two separate days, 100mg maybe 7 times, and 150mg 2x, and the effects on me were all to a lesser degree than the full 200mg pill.
After extended time off from modafinil, even the 1/2 pill (100mg) had a pretty strong response, but for me it only lasted a few hours before tapering off to almost no noticable effect. The smaller doses (50mg) were virtually worthless for me, and the 150mg had a better, stronger, longer lasting effect than the 100mg, but noticably less than the 200mg. I guess if I were rationing out a dwindling supply...the 150mg was a sweet spot for still getting the reaction I desired...but the 200mg dose was the best of the lot, noticably and consistantly better than the rest.
My point here is to ask fellow bio-hackers if you have ventured deeper into the water, and how was the journey?
I have never taken more than 200mg in a 24 hour period. I have read enough to be satisfied that stepping up for short bursts would not be too risky, IMO. I've read of people taking mega doses of like 12 of the 200mg pills spread out over a 24-36 hour period, trying for a recreational drug effect, but that is pushing the boundaries into a "you are asking for trouble" zone. I see prescriptions for up to 600mg per day, and studies where 800mg/day after a few days had poor side effects. 600mg/day seems to be the top of the scale for not having extreme side effects.
I'd like to try 400mg (2 pills) to see where it takes me. I have mentioned before I'm a larger sized man (6'5", 245 lbs) and have a strong history of resistance to the effects of drugs as well as a high tolerance.
I'd be interested in the stories of anyone here who has already pushed it a bit, and how it worked out. I'll be trying the 1/2 pill 4x in the first 6 hours of a day, as well as full pill 2x spread out a few hours, and the 2x first thing in the morning. I notice when I take the weekend or even as little as one day off...the next day's effect is noticably more desirable.
I know Dave has taken higher doses, and many reports of others taking 400mg/day having vitually the same side effects as 200mg/day. I don't get headaches or anything much worse than cotton mouth from the 200mg/day. Easily remedied with water.
Just being a bit cautious here, wondering if I have been doing the mental equivalent of walking a quarter mile and lifting light weights at 2 reps vs. brisk walking 2 miles and lifting heavy weights at 6-8 reps.
All feedback much appreciated.