Modafinil Vs. Adderall

Those in positions of power – as well as students and entrepreneurs – are always looking for that little extra something that can give them an edge over their competition or make them perform just a little bit better. Sooner or later, they stumble across Modafinil or Adderall. These drugs can dramatically increase focus, concentration, alertness, and motivation. Which one is better, though? How does the aspiring executive or hardworking student decide which one to take?

First of all, both drugs are designed to treat the medical condition, narcolepsy. Both of them create a sense of wakefulness in the taker. Both are also used to treat ADHD and other cognitive problems, but Adderall is the only of the two that has been approved by the FDA for this condition while Modafinil is prescribed off-label by the psychiatric community. Even though these two drugs are similar, there are definite differences between them.

In this article, we’re going to look at the differences and similarities of Modafinil and Adderall.


Adderall is a psychostimulant and Modafinil is a eugeroic. While Modafinil was designed primarily to treat narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, and shift work sleep disorder, Adderall was billed mostly as a treatment for ADHD.

Users are much more likely to become physically or psychologically dependent on Adderall.

Modafinil: Modafinil acts as a stimulant, but not in the way that Adderall does. It increases attention span and increases energy by promoting physical and mental alertness. So, you’re able to pay attention to the topics you’re studying for a longer period of time, and you have more energy to plow through them. This is especially helpful if you’re trying to cram in a lot of material for a big exam. And, if you have ADHD, it will help you concentrate and focus like never before.

Some have said that Modafinil is a lighter, milder version of Adderall.

Adderall: Adderall is a strong stimulant, and it works on neurotransmitters which increase activity in the CNS and peripheral nervous system. It counteracts narcolepsy and ADHD by triggering a big adrenaline release. It also increases blood flow. Some people report a sense of increased energy, motivation, and vigor.