Modalert Vs Modvigil – History

In order to successfully compare modalert vs modvigil, two generic modafinil brands, it’s important to understand how generic drugs come about in the first place. Then we will look at the similarities between the two drugs, as well as some of the slight variations that make users favor one drug over the other.

When drugs are developed, the pharmaceutical company that develops the drug patents the generic brands as well as the brand name the drug will be sold under. This occurred with Modafinil, when it was patented by the French pharmaceuticals company who developed it.

Usually, for another manufacturer to manufacture a patent, they can either; buy the patent and market the drug under a different name or wait for the patent to expire and then manufacture it as a generic or under a different brand name.

Sun Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest international pharmaceutical companies in India, bought the right to produce their own version of Modafinil and branded it as Modalert. A different company in India, HAB Pharmaceuticals, also sells Modafinil under the generic name Modvigil.  While similar, these drugs have slight differences.

Modalert vs Modvigil – Benefits

Modalert and Modvigil are both used for the treatment of narcolepsy, a condition characterized by various sleep issues such as excessive daytime sleepiness and insomnia. The two are also used to treat other conditions such as chronic obstructive sleep apnea, shift work sleep disorder, among others. Being wakefulness-promoting supplements, some users have reported that the two generally promote focus, alertness, motivation and cognitive functions.

The two supplements are also very popular due to the fact that they are much safer and do not trigger anxiety and nervousness associated with common stimulants used to promote wakefulness. They are also less likely to cause side effects and do not cause dependence or withdrawal symptoms when you decide to continue them. Additionally, they are both required in small amounts to achieve desired results.

Modalert vs Modvigil –The Differences

Technically, Modalert and Modvigil is the same drug due to the fact that they are all based on modafinil. However, they are little differences that set the two supplements apart. The main difference between the two drugs is that Modalert is often considered to be more effective compared to Modvigil. It’s actually estimated that Modalert is 15% more efficacious compared Modvigil.

The difference is usually contributed to the pharmaceutical companies themselves who produce the drugs.  Sun Pharma is much larger and more renown than HAB Pharma. This is the reason why most people prefer Modalert over Modvigil. Pricewise, Modvigil is somewhat cheaper, which is always the case with generic drugs.

Modalert tends to have a shorter half-life compared to Modvigil, which means it wears off much faster. However, it kicks in much stronger within the first 5 hours. On the other hand, Modvigil starts slightly weaker but lasts much longer over the day. For this reason, some people describe Modvigil as smoother.

Modalert vs Modvigil –Dosage

The general recommended dosage for Modalert is 100mg to 400mg per day. On the other hand, 100mg to 200mg per day is considered sufficient and safe for Modvigil. Generally, you are required to determine your optimum dosage within the provided range for each drug.  The two drugs typically come in 100mg and 200mg tablets. As earlier mentioned, Modalert has a much shorter half-life compared to Modvigil, so most suppliers recommend that you take your Modalert dose in two splits to experience extended effect, while Modvigil should be taken as a single dose in the morning.


From this Modalert vs Modvigil comparison, you can see that the two are basically the same except for a few variations. The takeaway is that Modalert is a little more effective compared to Modvigil, however, Modvigil is generally more affordable.

However, they are generally safe with few side effects to worry about within their respective dosage recommendations.  Keep in mind that all experiences will vary slightly between users so you may want to review each of the brands to determine which one is right for your needs.

Nicole Sanders

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