Modafinil Not Working? • Here’s What You MUST Do

Modafinil not working? For certain users, the smart drug’s effects may not be felt.

While this is rare, it does happen.

I remember the first time I couldn’t feel Modafinil “kick” in.

I’d been at home popping pills for a solid two months building a few websites.

I was taking Modafinil 4-5 times a week at higher dosages. 200-300 mg was common for me. On average, I was taking 1,000-1,200 mg of Modafinil each week for nearly two months.

Towards the end of these two months, I started feeling less and less each time I took Modafinil. Eventually, I couldn’t “feel” Modafinil unless I took 300 mg in one dose.

Modafinil not working? Or I’d just screwed my tolerance up completely. The smart drug wasn’t working because I was taking too much, but…

Users who cannot feel the effects of Modafinil tend to fall into two camps. The first camp is new users who are non-responsive.

The second group of people who can’t feel “Modafinil” are long-term users who have damaged their tolerance through consistent use and high dosages.

I respond well to the smart drug, but I was taking too much. Others aren’t so lucky.

So let’s dive into what to do when you can’t feel the nootropic. Feel free to skip to any topics of specific importance to ya by clicking the sections below:

Or just keep following along.

This guide will teach you everything that must be done when Modafinil isn’t working for you – which should be a rare occurrence.

Oh, and before we really dig into this issue, I’ve gotta hit you with a disclaimer…

P.S.: This is not medical advice. I am not a doctor or medical professional or a lawyer. Always consult a doctor before taking any prescription drugs or nootropic – like Modafinil. And make sure to read my disclaimer page before moving forward.

What is Modafinil?

First, what is Modafinil?

I have a feeling you know about the smart drug if you’re reading this.

But for those who don’t:

Modafinil is a prescription drug that’s become popular with students and entrepreneurs, as it can be used to…

  • Increase cognition
  • Heighten focus
  • Enhance productivity

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

However, Modafinil was not originally designed as a smart drug.

The stuff was designed as a pharmaceutical drug in France to treat common disorders like (Source):

  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleep apnea
  • Shift sleep disorder

As a wakefulness agent, Modafinil makes it nearly impossible for people to fall asleep. As such, people with narcolepsy – aka people who fall asleep at random times during the day – find great benefit with the drug.

It allows them to stay awake for 12+ hours.

Thus, when the pharmaceutical drug got to the United States, it wasn’t surprising when Ivy League grad students and Silicon Valley CEOs starting taking the stuff for the off-the-label cognitive benefits.

Staying focused for 12+ hours allows anyone and everyone to get a step ahead of the competition. It’s exactly why Modafinil is the world’s most popular smart drug.

The stuff just works.

You’ll find impressive benefits from taking Modafinil. Well, most people will. There are times when Modafinil not working occurs.

Some people just aren’t responsive to the stuff. Others build up a tolerance.

Luckily, if you fall into one of those camps, this article should help clear up any confusion.

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Modafinil Not Working For New Users

So if you’re taking Modafinil for the first couple times and it’s not working, what do you do?

The reality of the situation is Modafinil doesn’t work for some people. That’s true for any prescription drug. Some people just don’t respond to it.

However, I’d venture to say that 95-98% will respond to Modafinil. While that’s certainly not scientific, I’ve yet to hear of anyone who just couldn’t feel Modafinil when taken and dosed properly.

If you don’t feel anything, there are a few things you can do before you give up on the nootropic.

*One thing to note: Individuals with IQ levels above 130 have reported struggling to feel the effects of Modafinil.

Aka if you’re a genius, Modafinil may not offer many benefits to you. Although other highly intelligent people rave about the drug.

~ The Test ~

First and foremost, if you truly believe you’re non-responsive to Modafinil, you can run a little test. Get seven hours of sleep, then wake up early.

Immediately take 200 mg of Modafinil with a small glass of water. Don’t drink anything else. Don’t eat any food. Make sure you don’t turn on the lights. Don’t make an attempt to wake up.

Go back to sleep right away after taking the pill.

Note the time you fall back asleep as accurately as possible.

If you don’t wake up within 1-2 hours, then you may be non-responsive to Modafinil. This is the best test I’ve seen to find out if you respond to the smart drug or not.

*One thing to note: Make sure to only do this test after you’ve taken Modafinil three other times. If you try this test your first time taking the smart drug, you may not respond instantly.

Make Modafinil Work For You

Now, if you think you’re responsive to the drug, but something isn’t working properly, you can test out a few things.

Here’s a few of the variables to consider switching up:

  • Up the Dose: A typically Modafinil dose is 200 mg. If you’re only taking 100 mg or less, you may not feel much. If 200 mg isn’t working, you can try out 300 mg. This is especially true if you’re a larger person.
  • Split the Dose: Another trick is to split 300 mg of Modafinil into one 200 mg dose and one 100 mg dose. This can help boost the effects of Modafinil.
  • Don’t Wait: Don’t wait for the Modafinil to “kick” in. Take the smart drug and get to work. Often, I don’t feel Modafinil until I look at the clock and realize I’ve been working without breaks for 4-5 hours.
  • Combine With Coffee: Take 200 mg of Modafinil and then down a few cups of coffee. Caffeine mixes well with smart drugs and can help the nootropic’s effects kick in quicker.
  • The Next Level: If you’re committed to feeling something no matter what, you can chew on these after taking Modafinil. You’ll definitely feel something. I guarantee it. This isn’t for the faint of heart.
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Modafinil Not Working For Long-Term User

If Modafinil has worked for you in the past, then you’re responsive to the drug.

That’s good news.

If you’ve taken the smart drug too much, you may have found your tolerance levels all messed up. Luckily, that’s an easier fix.

If your Modafinil tolerance levels are out of whack, here are a few things to do:

  • Stop taking Modafinil for one week to one month.
  • Cut back on Modafinil. Only take the smart drug 1-3 times a week. 
  • Only take 200-300 mg of Modafinil. Some users take 400-500 mg, but that’s just too much for most of us. 
  • Combine with this gum when you start using it again.

The most important step is taking a break from Modafinil.

Seriously! Stop taking Modafinil for a month and your tolerance levels are sure to come back to normal.

It’s that simple.

However, if you’re taking Modafinil for sleep apnea, then things might be a little more complex.

If you’re taking Modafinil for off-the-label uses like cognition, then taking a month off from Modafinil is what you’ll need to do.

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Getting the Good Stuff…

Last, but not least – you may have gotten a bad batch of Modafinil. I’ve heard stories of people order Modafinil from sketchy vendors online.

Then they get bad products and wonder what happened.

Only. Order. Modafinil. From. Reputable. Vendors.

Seriously. Don’t put these types of things at risk.

You need to order Modafinil online from reputable vendors with a track record of shipping the highest quality generic smart drugs.

I’ve ordered Modafinil from these two vendors in the past and had great results:

Overall, I’ve found Afinil Express to be the premier Modafinil vendor online. However, Modafinil Star does have cheaper prices.

One more thing…

If you’re concerned that Modafinil just doesn’t work for you after trying it out, you may want to grab a sample pack of different nootropics.

These vendors sell sample packs that come with 3-5+ different Modafinil brands and products.

This one from Afinil Express offers a lot of variety.

As well, you could check out some fantastic Modafinil alternatives, too.

There’s a number of smart drugs on the market. In most cases, you just need to find the product that works best for you.

Personally, I’ve found modafinil does the job for me. It’s my go-to smart drug for a reason.

Modafinil works for me.

But every single one of us is different and has different chemistry. As such, finding the ideal nootropic is often trial and error.

Modafinil Not Working? 

Is your Modafinil not working? Don’t be alarmed.

Overall, Modafinil works for the vast majority of people.

A few people are non-responders and some are just too damn smart to notice the effects.

If you’re too smart to notice the effects of Modafinil, consider yourself blessed and don’t worry about smart drugs ever again.

For the rest of us, Modafinil will work. You just have to take it properly. Once you dial in your Modafinil usage, you’ll notice a plethora of benefits from the nootropic.

Click here to get your hands on high-quality Modafinil today!
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Thiago Diniz - August 5, 2017

Hey dude, give a help here… I use Modafinil however I have been taking anxiolytic.
1- I stop to take anxiolytic two days before to take modafinil.
2- I take modafinil for 2 days (200 mg each day), and then I back to anxiolytic
I do that once a week to study.
The frist time works. The second time stopped to work. what I have to do?

    NomadicJake - August 6, 2017

    Hmmm, I’m not sure, man. You’re saying the first day you take 200 mg of Modafinil it works and the second day you take 200 mg it doesn’t?

      Thiago Diniz - August 6, 2017

      Thanks for reply man..
      Yes… that it!

      1* day. 200 effect
      2* day 100 effect

      Pass one week

      3* day 100 no effect
      4* day 100 no effect

      Pass one week

      4* day 200 no effect
      5* day 400 no effect

      Can u believe that?

      All off then was the same vendor.

        NomadicJake - August 7, 2017

        Also, give the test I wrote about above a shot. You may not be responsive, but this will help you find out.

          Thiago Diniz - August 7, 2017

          But works ttwice… for me thats sounds most stranger.

          NomadicJake - August 7, 2017

          Agreed, It’s definitely strange. Did any other variables change between when it worked and when it didn’t? Diet? Exercise? Timing? Caffeine?

          Thiago Diniz - August 7, 2017

          Man… I don’t know. I didint notice. Maybe the breakfast.
          I will try take the pill with the empty stomach.

          NomadicJake - August 7, 2017

          Yeah, I’d give that a shot first and see what happens. Certainly an interesting case here.

          Thiago Diniz - August 7, 2017

          I will take a rest… one or two weeks off, and then, I will do that! Thanks bro… if something comes out in your mind, let me know!

          NomadicJake - August 7, 2017

          For sure! Good luck, bro

          Japneet Singh - November 13, 2017

          Same thing happened with me did u find a way around

        Varun - March 7, 2019

        i have the same situation, medofilin worked for 2 days to me 100 mg and 200mg respectively but after that it is not working at all.
        i even increased the dosage gradually

      Thiago Diniz - August 7, 2017

      Can you help tp understand? I am not non response. I guess the problem is in my mind, I am creating a lot of expetantions arround this medication. i dont know…

        NomadicJake - August 7, 2017

        Hmm, that’s interesting that it worked well for you twice and then tolerance kicked in.

        I’d lay off it for a full-month and then try again. Maybe see if taking it on an empty stomach helps.

        You could also up the dosage to 300 mg if you want to push it.

        I’d also drink a ton of coffee when you take it.

        Other than that, it seems to be a bit odd. Most people who are non-respondents don’t feel anything the first couple times.

    Alline Tropp - February 5, 2019

    Hi there, great post! I have a question I was hoping you might be able to help with. Can you treat ADHD without drugs? My doctor mentioned that I might have it but I’m not so sure. A really appreciate any advice you can give.

      Jake D - February 5, 2019

      I’m no doctor!

      But I’d avoid taking anything for ADHD…unless you 100% have it.

      People who truly have ADHD generally bounce off the walls. It’s not a “might have it” type of thing in my mind. Again, I’m not a medical professional.

      I could be off base here.

      That said…

      On days you must focus, Modafinil can help.

      A daily natural nootropic stack of CBD oil, Vitamin D, and SAM-e may be beneficial for focus.

        Kelly - February 23, 2019

        Kindof. I have mixed ADHD I have been arrested several times for “bouncing off walls” it was that bad but on the other hand I was like a vegetable a lot too. Adderall is the only thing that helps, now I need something for my sleep aphnea as I can barely stay awake 🙁

          Jake D - February 25, 2019


          That’s an interesting mix of issues you got going on here.

          Hope you can figure it all out.

Finding the Ideal Modafinil Dosage: What You Need to Know - Nomadic Hustle - August 17, 2017

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BarbaraThe - November 13, 2017

I started Modafinil on Friday. 100mg in a.m. next 100mg at noon. First day I had a burst of energy at 8pm. Nothing ever since. Even now after this second dose, I want to take a nap! Must be that IQ of mine! I’ll give it a couple weeks, but my next option is probably Adderall.

    NomadicJake - November 13, 2017

    It’s gotta be that IQ 😉

    I’d try the test mentioned above. If nothing, then maybe you’re a non-responder.

    Upping the dosage to 200-300 mg at one time could work. BTW, where did you get your Moda from?

G_Amsterdambuhd - October 6, 2018

“up the dose especially if you’re a larger person” – I am.. big dude 375 – took 200mg first time ever, felt nothing , took 100mg an hour later… then I took the other half an hour after than.. My first time ever…. I was HAPPY all day and HAPPY TO WORK!!! My shift blew by so quickly, I was so excited, and was like YES I can get through this job, I have a secret…… WELL.. that was the last I’ve felt of the modafinil. I don’t feel that ‘I’M GONNA HAVE SUCH A GREAT DAY’ feeling.. I wasn’t zoned my first time,, I did stay longer at my desk and wasn’t distracted, but def not tunnel vision. I just felt like taking and more and calls to interact with these people. OMG.. felt so good. Now, I take the modafinil… I’m back to feeling distracted as hell, agitated that the time is moving slowly, but the only thing that get from the modafinil is i’m not sleepy at all, bored, distracted and can’t sleep is pretty bad. After my first day I skipped a day since I was off from work, but i’ve been popping 600mg @7am and i’m not getting that HAPPY TO GET WORK feeling like the first time. So I can’t be a non respondant , since I did feel it.. What the hell happened? What’s the max mg I can safely take? Again, i’m 375lbs. Help me get back that first feeling, please.

Co. Semel - October 9, 2018

…interesting, there is a pattern here! My experience:
– first time 100mg everything is great, mood fine, focussed, getting a lot done.
– second and third time (2 days later), dosis 50mg and 25 mg, effect less pronounced (as was to be expected and also desired), but still feeling it kicking in and working in a subtle way.
– every dosis since (again 2-3 days later, 25 – 50 mg) no more positive effects, quite the opposite. Even 25 mg cause dizzines and drowsy spells and occasional light headaches for roughly 36h. Mental and physical performance are def. compromised. The only good feeling I get, is when it has been flushed out of the system. I guess this is the end of the road for me and Modalert.

    Jake D - October 10, 2018

    Interesting to say the least.

    Have you tried Waklert yet?

    I’ve definitely noticed fewer side effects with Waklert than anything else as of late.

      Co. Semel - October 10, 2018

      Yes, I did try it once, …75mg. It was stronger and more neutral moodwise than Modalert, just like most people are saying. Didn’t feel any neg. side effects then, ….don’t know, maybe because I took the Waklert dose before Modalert stopped working for me, other than making me dizzy etc. I am quite reluctant to give it a try now, because it is metaboilzed into Modalert, afaik, isn’t that right?. Might give it a shot though in a month time … not sure. The last experiences were pretty bad.

        Jake D - October 10, 2018

        Waklert only has one of the compounds found in Modalert – not both of them.

        As such, it’s a more “pure” version of Modalert.

        Some find Modalert is stronger, but most find fewer side effects with Waklert.

        Not saying it’s the ideal solution for you, but could be.

        Sucks you’ve had such a bad reaction, as that’s fairly rare.

          Co. Semel - October 10, 2018

          …ok, I didn’t know that. I thought Modalert is basically 1st Modafinil for the initial response and 2ndly the Waklert stuff which is metabolized to Modafinil, taking some time and as such kicking in later. If and when I’ll try Waklert again, I’ll come back with an update regarding effects/side effects. I am actually quite curious.

Mari - December 5, 2018

Crap! I have adult ADHD and have taken a daily dose of Ritilan of 120mg per day for 30 years. I also suffer from PTSD and Depression and have very low energy so while the Ritalin gives me locomotion, I always want a clearer and sharper mind. I tried Modafinil for a month, staring with 200mg dose and after no noticeable result, quickly doubled and doubled that. Then I gave up. Now despite what my psychiatrist codifies as a “severe” learning disability, I am a member of Mensa and tested in the high 140’s. For some reason, I suspected the inefficiency was a result of my IQ. Now I feel totally defeated. Ah

    Jake D - December 5, 2018

    The good news is you’re so smart you needn’t smart drugs to get a cognitive boost, though…

    That’s a win if there ever was one!

    But yeah, if 200 mg of Modafinil doesn’t work from you at the beginning, then I wouldn’t up things.

Charbel - March 26, 2019

Hey, today was my first time trying modafinil, i took modalert 100mg which i felt it kick in after aprox. 40m on an empty stomach, but the thing is after almost 3hrs the effect faded away and i felt sleepy, is that normal?

    Jake D - March 28, 2019

    No, I’d say that is not normal.

    I recommend trying the test above next time and seeing what happens.

    Could also up the dosage and add coffee.

Dion Dangerfield - May 24, 2019

I have taken all the tests and I wouldn’t call myself a genius and I’ve been taking 400mg everyday and I have had no effects! What do I do

    Jake D - May 26, 2019

    Honestly, I have no clue.

    Where did you get the Modafinil from?

Neo - June 1, 2019

just had 100mg from prescription the first time today 2hrs ago. Not sure if im feeling too much but will give another 2hrs. I am 93kg so may try 200mg tomorrow if not working out

    Jake D - June 2, 2019

    Can take more than a couple hours to really feel it, especially on a lower dose.

    200mg for 93kg should also be fine. Just make sure to take it in the morning followed by a cup of coffee 30 minutes later.

sachin guttedar - July 9, 2019

Hello, am first time user, i took 200mg the first day nothing happened,,, although i felt lil euphoric but i feel asleep in few hours,, and the 2nd day i took 200mg in the morning i was like boom that how it feel kinda,,, and took another 200mg on the same day before lunch and felt jittery so I thought that i will stick to 200mg and took 100mg the next day still felt anxiety,,, dropped to 50mg the next day amd started feeling sleepy am not getting this i don’t where am going wrong if you can help me on this,,,,

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