Modvigil vs Modalert vs Waklert vs Artvigil: An Armodafinil vs Modafinil thing
Not all Modafinil or Armodafinil pills are created equal, which is what we’re going to be discussing in this article.
Even though the names and effects are similar, the difference between the two can be important depending on the activity you’re about to start and the given time frame.
It all started with a drug name Adrafinil that was discovered in the late 70’s. The research was promising but the main issue was its “prodrug” classification. 
In other words, the drug has to be metabolized and broken down into modafinil and modafinilic acid.
Because the effects were highly dependent on the user’s metabolic rate, the onset varied from 2 to 4 hours. Thus, adrafinil came to be considered unpredictable and unreliable.
Researchers decided to synthesize the active ingredient modafinil to increase body absorption rate. 
That’s how the first version of the popular Provigil® came into existence. As profits and notoriety went up so did the research time.
This lead to the development of Armodafinil, a drug that was released by the same company as Nuvigil®. 
So, what’s the difference? Quite a small one, but with important ramifications.
It all starts with something called an “enantiomer”.
An enantiomer is a set of compounds that look the same but that actually are mirror images of each other.
Look at your right hand… Now look at your left…
They have the same structure and components but the arrangement is different.
They perform similar functions but you in some cases you prefer one over the other.
Modafinil contains both types of enantiomers, “left-handed” and “right-handed”, while Armodafinil contains only the “right-handed” versions.
Even though the effects of Modafinil and Armodafinil are similar, there are some differences in strength, onset, peak and duration.
Out of the two, Armodafinil is considered stronger. It usually comes in 150mg pills while Modafinil comes in 200mg pills.
If you browse nootropic forums, you’ll find many stories of people who claim that Armodafinil comes on faster.
Some also claim that Armodafinil is powerful for about an hour before the effects begin to diminish.
The half-life of Armodafinil is also considered to be is 2-4 hours longer.
Users of Modafinil claim that its duration time stays in a range of 2-5 hours while Armodafinil can be felt for a longer time throughout the day.
Even so, others could argue that the duration time is similar. It’s important to keep in mind that experiences are unique experiences and depend on mood, set and setting.
Modafinil is also reported to take longer to peak and ends faster, however the effect of the peak can last longer than Armodafinil. The half-life of Modafinil doesn’t start to fade until after 10 hours.
In the end, it all boils down to personal preferences. Depending on tasks on hand, you could choose Armodafinil if you want a more intense and long lasting experience or a milder but equally powerful experience that ends quicker allowing the users to fall asleep easier.
If you want a cheaper alternative to Provigil® than generic Modafinil is the best way to go. The effects are similar and buying in bulk can lower the price range even further.
Modalert and Modvigil are considered to be the best when talking about the subject online.
Both products are manufactured in India by two respectable pharmaceutical companies, Sun Pharmaceuticals and HUB Pharmaceuticals.
There are no scientific comparisons between the two but there is an abundance of user review stories online.
Modalert (SUN Pharma) is considered to be to the most popular, while Modvigil (HUB Pharma) is reported to be highly similar to to Provigil®.
Because Modalert focuses on dopamine pathways it is widely preferred for studying and concentration.
Students and people affected by ADHD prefer it for its memory and concentration boost over the direct mental stimulation offered by other brands.
The effects of Modvigil are said to boost arousal and wakefulness. People suffering from fatigue, narcoleptics and obstructive sleep apnea tend to prefer Modvigil.
Modalert comes in 100mg, 200mg and 400mg doses while Modvigil comes in 100mg and 200mg.
Price can also be a decisive factor.
Even though prices can vary from time to time, Modalert remains more expensive than Modvigil.
If you were to buy from Modafinil Star, you can pay $90 for 60 tablets. That’s $1.5 per pill.
For higher quantities, you could pay $270 for 300 tablets, meaning $0.90 per pill.
On the other hand, you could get 60 Modvigil tablets for $80 ($2.1 per pill) or 300 tablets for $225($0.75 per pill).
The best Armodafinil generic brands that people prefer are Wakelert (SUN Pharma) and Artvigil (HAB Pharma).
You can find Waklert in standard 150mg doses and most claim there is no difference between it and Nuvigil® while some have noticed subtle differences.
In any case, the general consensus is that Wakelert is the strongest version of generic Armodafinil available.
Two hours after ingesting the tablet, users generally start feeling the peak effects.
The effects are stronger than Artvigil at 150 mg, as well as Modalert and Modvigil at 200 mg.
Also, the price matches the effects as Wakelert is the most expensive. For 60 tablets, you will likely pay $95 ($1.58 per pill) while for $275 you will get 300 tablets.
Artvigil is slightly cheaper, but not necessarily lower quality. It takes 1-2 hours for the effects to peak while the half-life is considered to be longer tapering off gradually over the remaining 14-16 hours.
You can find it in standard 150mg doses and you can pay $49 for 20 tablets or get them cheaper if you buy 300 tablets for $275.
While user reports may lead you to believe that the actual “battle” is that of Modalert vs Waklert, you shouldn’t ignore Modvigil or Artvigil.
Most of the time, people who have tested different types of Modafinil brands have done so superficially.
Even Modalert taken in a different set and setting may cause a different experience from the last.
Thus, if you’re still debating regarding Modalert vs Modvigil or Waklert vs Artvigil, remember that any or all can benefit you in equal measure.
A wiser and more scientifically-related question you can ask yourself is whether Modalert/Modvigil or Waklert/Artvigil will lead to the desired effects.
The real “battle” is Armodafinil vs Modafinil, not Modalert vs Modvigil vs Waklert vs Artvigil.
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