Provigil vs Modalert

These twin medicines are just like a couple of twins wearing different clothes. Composing of the same salt, Provigil vs Modalert both contains Modafinil (the magic drug of its era) . The US version is Provigil made by Cephalon (Teva Pharmaceuticals) whereas Modalert is the version made by Sun Pharma.


For those of you who do not know what Modafinil is; it is a wake-ness promoting and cognitive enhancing drug. Provigil vs Modalert both have a number of vast uses such as:

  • Wakefulness;
  • Anxiety control;
  • Increased motivation;
  • Increased focus;
  • Memory enhancement;
  • Increase in flight of thoughts;
  • Increase in organization of thoughts;
  • Increased libido;
  • Suppressing of emotions.

Some of the known physical effects include:

  • Increased heart rate;
  • Dehydration;
  • Change in appetite;
  • Dizziness;
  • Nausea;
  • Rarely photophobia;
  • Headache.

It has shown promise in a lot of known diseases such as:

  • Narcolepsy;
  • Shift work sleep disorder;
  • Sleepiness during daytime in patients suffering from obstructive apnea;
  • Depression;
  • Sleep apnea related fatigue;
  • Fatigue syndromes;
  • Schizophrenia;
  • Parkinson disease;
  • Bipolar disorder;
  • Cognitive enhancement;
  • Delayed sleep phase sundrome;
  • Addiction treatment;
  • Weight loss;
  • Concussed patients.

Provigil has been used by the United States army when the mission required the personnel to stay awake for long durations of times. Provigil vs Modalert has also been used in air force missions.

Side effects

Yes both Cephalon (Teva Pharmaceuticals) and Sun Pharma are producing a wonderful drug and despite some of the side effects which will be listed below their sales continue to flourish. These side effects were noted in only 11% of the patients on Provigil vs Modalert therapy. They include

  • Anxiety;
  • Insomnia;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Nervousness;
  • Nausea;
  • Pruritus;
  • Dry mouth;
  • Palpitations;
  • Anorexia;
  • Headache;
  • Buccofacial dyskinesia.

Like other medicines it has some dangerous side effects, these include:

  • DRESS syndrome;
  • Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis;
  • Erythema multiforme;
  • Steven Johnson Syndrome.


Both Provigil vs Modalert should be used with extreme caution in people suffering from renal or hepatic impairment. Dosage should be carefully adjusted in such patients. People with hypertension should use this medicine with care. Some absolute contraindications include breast feeding, pregnancy, eclampsia, pre-eclampsia, angina and a history of myocardial infarction. Mixing Provigil vs Modalert with alcohol opioids or even chocolate is not advised. Special care is needed in couples using hormonal methods of birth control. While on the above mentioned medicines there is a higher chance of these hormonal methods to fail as long as till 1 month after discontinuation.

Provigil vs Modalert are not prescribed to anyone under 17 years of age.

Dosage and Overdose

The medicine is available in tablets of 100 and 200mg and is taken once daily usually in the morning, whereas new formulations are being developed. Very few cases of overdose have actually been reported and an acute overdose does not pose any life threatening effects however the following were reported on overdose:

  • Change in heart rate;
  • Excitement;
  • Hallucinations;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Chest pain;
  • Nausea;
  • Blood pressure changed;
  • Restlessness;
  • Sleep related issues.

Additional Information

The active ingredient of Provigil vs Modalert is Modafinil whereas the inactive ingredients include magnesium stearate, povidone, lactose monohydrate, pregelatinized starch, microcrystalline cellulose and croscarmellose sodium.

Modalert being made by Sun Pharma. Sun Pharma is one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies (fifth largest), it has its chain supply in 150 different markets and countries and produces over 3000 drugs. Its headquarters are in Mumbai, India and since being founded in 1983 it has come a long way in its short life. By comparison Teva Pharmaceuticals, the giant, is currently 116 year old, was founded in 1901 in Petah Tikva where its headquarters are located. It has numerous factories in areas such as South America, North America and Europe. Provigil thus is somewhat of a golden child, it's the same as the other child but just its heritage makes it golden and special. This shows in the market to the consumer in realistic terms the difference, one tablet of Provigil will cost you around 40-50$ without insurance whereas Modalert 200 costs around 2$ and you can get it even cheaper if bought in bulk. What Modalert (generic Modafinil) has done is given the powerful nootropic Modafinil in the consumers grasp (to call it consumers reach would be injustice, it is so much cheaper than Provigil).

Provigil vs Modalert are easily available to buy online and already they are being used by a large number of people.