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Taking the 'Smart Drug' Modafinil Made Me Love Work but Hate People

Originally synthesized in France in the 1970s, modafinil was approved by the FDA as a treatment for narcolepsy and other sleep disorders in 1998. Recently, however, totally healthy people have began using it to stay awake for extended periods of time and to increase their cognitive performance. Medications such as Adderall and Ritalin—originally prescribed for ADD patients—and ampakines—used for Alzheimer's—are also being used to improve the brain function of people studying and working. These drugs are known as nootropics, or smart drugs.

I decided to try modafinil to see how it would affect my work. I had a good look at the side effects and, after making as certain as possible…

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