Adrafinil belongs to the “eurgeroic” category. It is broken down into Modafinil within the liver which results in very similar effects. Adrafinils and Modafinil are both wakefulness enhancers. Unlike Modafinil, Adrafinil is currently unregulated in the USA and can be purchased privately. With this said, it is a very powerful compound that can have unpleasant side effects so caution is advised.
Adrafinil Method of Action
Although the exact method of action of Adrafinils is not entirely clear, there are some popular theories to its effects. One popular theory suggests that it increases the brain neurotransmitter, hypocretin. Hyprocretin helps promote wakefulness, arousal and appetite. Increasing the level of hypocretin in the hypothalamus is thought to increase the levels of dopamine, norepinephrine and histamine. The increase of these three chemicals in the hypothalamus is thought to be the main nootropic action of adrafinils and modafinil.
There is another possible method of action of adrafinil that is less popular than the above mentioned theory. The theory suggests that adrafinil and modafinil activate the glutamate pathways and inhibit the GABAeric ones. This would lead to increased alertness and wakefulness.
Adrafinils will carry some if not all the benefits of Modafinil. Some say it is slightly weaker than Modafinil while others find it just as if not more effective. It is a great substance for promoting alertness and it may have considerably less side effects than stimulants that rely strictly on monoaminergic systems
People who have taken Adrafinils have suggested that it greatly improves cognition and memory. It can be used in times of high mental demand to help promote focus and mental alertness. There is evidence that Adrafinils can help with focus and even assist with ADHD symptoms. It should in no way be self-prescribed or used without advice of a doctor
Adrafinils and modafinil carry some degree of risk. Both substances can put an added strain on the heart and while it is less strenuous than typical amphetamines, there is still a substantial degree of risk. People with healthy hearts should not be as concerned however, in no way should one use adrafinils or modafinil if they have current or previous heart complications. Mixing adrafinils with other stimulants will greatly increase the chances of heart complications .