Month: May 2017

Programming on Modafinil

Modafinil seems to be all the buzz in the programming industry these days. It seems like every “Silicon Valley unicorn genius programmer” (the media’s words, not mine) is on the drug, but it’s not because they have narcolepsy. Quite the opposite, actually. Programmers are using Modafinil to stay awake for long hours to meet their project managers’ increasingly-high demands and short deadlines.

Those who have been programming since the DotCom bubble know the situation all too well. Increasing share prices meant that companies had to deliver more results to their shareholders. This led to companies, especially tech companies that were at the center of all of this madness, to put more work on their developers. In the DotCom bubble age, Adderall was all of the hype. These prescription stimulants were used by every programmer and their grandmother, and for good reason. They worked. Worked being defined as kept the programmers up all night and free from distractions.

Let’s take a closer look at the Microsoft stock…

Investors are hungry, and shares of Microsoft trade higher than they did at the height of the DotCom bubble. But, programmers aren’t using Adderall anymore. Instead, they’ve shifted their focus on a wonder-drug known as Modafinil. It has little to no risk of dependence and is easily purchasable online. It is not considered a stimulant, and programmers, including myself, often refer to it as a watered down version of the once-popular prescription stimulants.

I purchased a pack of 200 pills online, and they came in blister packs. There are different types of Modafinil varieties, but the brand that I ordered was Waklert (armodafinil). Armodafinil is similar to Modafinil in its effects, but has a smoother come up and is known to last longer, which helps on those days where you wake up at 7:00 AM and hammer away at your keyboard until 2:00 AM (you think I’m kidding, but you’d be surprised at the high demands in this day and age).

My recommendations? Modafinil is safe than stimulants like methylphenidate and mixed amphetamine salts. I wouldn’t purchase from a local pharmacy for the sole reason that they charge an arm and a leg, even with insurance (even with a GoodRx coupon, brand name Provigil 200mg can go for more than $900). The same thing is sold online from trusted sources (the website I linked above,, is the source the folks at Reddit recommended and I had a great experience) and shipped from India. Drugs are cheaper there because the GDP per capita is much lower, and because it costs these drug companies less than one cent to make a 200mg tablet of any of the varieties of Modafinil that sells, they can sell them for 10 cents and still make a profit.