• Advice for patients,  Pharmacy insights

    Drugs that keep you awake: modafinil

    Modafinil is the main focus of today’s post. It will be part of posts on prescription drugs that keep you awake and/or affect cognitive performance. I will summarise the mechanism of action of each drug in relation to wakefulness and possible effects on cognitive performance and whether they fall into ‘smart drug’ category. Smart drugs have been attracting a larger audience in recent years among students, bankers and shift workers. It is a known fact that armies around the world use stimulants to improve performance during a long duration missions (Bower, 2003). Movies like Limitless contributed to greater interest in smart drugs, particularly modafinil which received a label of NZT-48…