Surprisingly, few people know about HAB Pharma’s other generic versions of these drugs— Modawake and R-Modawake.
How do these compare to HAB Pharma’s other products?
Why does HAB Pharma make multiple versions of the same drugs?
Should you be interested?
Where can I buy some modafinil for myself?
We answer all of these and more with this in-depth guide to Modawake.
What is Modawake?
Modawake is a generic version of modafinil made by HAB Pharma.
It comes in the standard 200 mg dose and is nearly identical in almost every way to other brands like Provigil® or other generics like Modalert.
The main differences between all of these medications are the price and the fillers used during the manufacturing process.
Why use fillers? All tablets require some fillers in their manufacturing process:
- Bulking agents
- Anti-stick additives
- Binding agents
- Flavor enhancers
- Coloring agents
- Enteric coatings
What is R-Modawake?
R-Modawake is a generic version of armodafinil (Nuvigil®). It’s virtually same as Modawake but only contains pure R-modafinil.
R-modafinil is considered an enantiomer of the modafinil compound. An enantiomer is what we use to describe either the left-hand version of a chemical or the right-hand version.
This is a common concept in chemistry. We may have one compound, in this case, modafinil, but each compound can be either right-handed or left-handed, which gives them slight differences in how they interact with the bodies receptors, and how we metabolize them.
In modafinil, we have both S-modafinil, and R-modafinil. They’re virtually identical — but mirror opposites.
Studies have shown that the R-enantiomer has a slightly more potent effect on the dopamine transport receptors (DAT) than the S-enantiomer.
As a result, Cephalon Inc, the manufacturer of the brand name versions of these medications, produced a new product to leverage this. It was an enantiopure compound (Nuvigil®) containing only the R-modafinil version.
To no surprise, the resulting product was found to be slightly more stimulating than regular modafinil and lasted slightly longer as well. The dose given to provide the same level of stimulation of 200 mg of modafinil was 150 mg.
This is now considered a standard dose for armodafinil products produced by Cephalon Inc in addition to generic versions like R-Modawake.