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Does Modalert damage the brain?
Modalert is the generic version of the popular medication Modafinil , a psychostimulant and eugeroic medication by nature. Eugeroics are compounds similar to psychostimulants used in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Unlike other psychostimulants, they are relatively safe without any abuse potential associated with their use. Modalert is primarily used for treatment of Narcolepsy, a neurological disorder, SWSD ( Shift Work Sleep Disorder) and as a concomitant option for Sleep Apnea with breathing devices. Modalert works on the dopamine reuptake pump of the CNS to exert its effects. Its binding action further extends to the GABA receptors of the neurosensory pathway and reuptake of Dopamine, Serotonin and Histamine levels. All of these neurotransmitters are involved in psychological functions like intelligence, mood and cognitive functions of the individual. Inhibits reuptake leads to Increase in their levels resulting in improved wakefulness and alertness with increased focus of the patient. Clinical studies have proven Modalerts role in treatment of depressive disorders, in treatment of cancer related fatigue disorder and even in schizophrenia conditions. Unlike other psychostimulants like amphetamines it has lesser incidences of Side-effects associated with its use. But only till a particular point. On abusing its wakefulness promoting properties or using it injudiciously without prior consultation, the use of Modalert has been associated with a variety of side-effects and adverse reactions. What can go wrong - prolonged episodes of sleeplessness can induce stress responses along with impairing immune functions - Modalert use increases extracellular levels of dopamine in the brain including the nucleus accumbens and thus inducing the same response as other waking drugs. This in turn greatly increases the risk of addiction potential of the drug. - Modalert use in non-narcoleptic patients using it under stress conditions can increase the Serum-C reactive protein level a marker or inflammation - Modalert overuse with decreasing immunity levels can increase the risk of Listeria Monocytogenes infection. That said, you know how taking a wrong dose or over consuming Modalert can cause unwanted health troubles. Now, let’s know how to be in safe side while you are on Modalert. How to be safe To avoid these complications, Modalert use should be avoided in people with - severe allergic or hypersensitivity reactions to the medications or their components. Using it can prove life threatening to the patients. - in pregnant or breastfeeding ladies or in children as the safety of either medication in these cases is still under research. Using them can damage the fetus or the infant through breast milk of the mother taking the medication. The conditions in which Modalert should be be used but under strict supervision are:- - in conditions of liver or kidney dysfunctions. This is important as either of these medications after completion of their half-lives are metabolized and excreted through liver and kidney respectively. Any infections or disease conditions in these organs will affect the absorption and metabolism and make it difficult for the drug to break down in the system. - in geriatric populations. It is a fact that the metabolic capacity of an individual starts decreasing after the age of 60. The drug can stay for a longer time in the system and risk overuse symptoms. - in people with gastric problems or poor absorption capacity in general. As mentioned it is best to avoid Modafinil/Modvigil usage in these conditions or do so strictly under the physician's guidance. If you want to stay out of any of such trouble, it is better to consult a doctor before you start taking Modalert. Also, make sure you are buying drugs from a reputed online seller to not end up with fake medicines.