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The US, UK, Canada and Australia classify modafinil as a prescription drug. This label means buying it online without a prescription is technically illegal. That said, authorities very rarely pursue anyone for doing it. I’m based out of the US, have bought modafinil many times in the past, and not once have I had any issues.
Modafinil classification and legality are probably quite different in other countries. Unfortunately, I’m not aware of all the international laws which apply to this drug. If you live outside the four countries I have mentioned, you may want to look into things a bit more first.
If you are very concerned or unsure about the legality of modafinil, you can consider a related product called adrafinil. It is a prodrug to modafinil, meaning it needs to be metabolized by your body first. This process makes it slower acting, but once it completes, adrafinil becomes modafinil and gives the same effects. Adrafinil is a prescription free supplement that is 100% legal to buy (though again, I can only speak for the US, UK, Canada and Australia). Other than adrafinil, there are also several other cognitive enhancement drugs which will do the trick.
Online Modafinil Manufacturing
At the moment, any modafinil you buy online is sourced in India and made by one of two companies: HAB Pharma or Sun Pharma. Some people may frown upon this, but these are both giant and reputable pharmaceutical firms, so there are no concerns about quality.
Indian companies are not required to respect any medical patents filed before 1995. Modafinil was patented in 1990, hence India’s ability to produce it. However, with some small exceptions, the modafinil patent expired in 2015, so I imagine we may start seeing a bit more competition in the market soon.
If you’re trying to decide which of Sun Pharma or HAB Pharma is better, it’s six one way and half dozen the other. Both manufacture generic Provigil to the same pharmaceutical grade standards. Sun has been around longer and is more established, but compared to HAB, they also charge more for their products. I have used modafinil and armodafinil from both, and frankly, was not able to tell any difference.
For reference, Sun Pharma manufactures the products Modalert and Waklert, while the HAB Pharma equivalents are Modvigil and Artvigil. The first product listed for both manufacturers is modafinil, the second one is armodafinil.
Where to Buy Modafinil Online?
Since all modafinil products you can purchase online are made by one of the two Indian companies mentioned above, where you buy from is more about the reputation and reliability of the seller and less about the product itself. All online stores ship the same pills from the same two companies.
You want to give your money to a vendor that is reliable and will be there for you when you need them. As I write this, four modafinil stores fit that bill. All get the thumbs up from people on various nootropic communities like Reddit. I had also personally ordered product from three of the four and was completely happy with how things went.
Note: You’ll notice that every modafinil vendor offers a 15% to 20% discount when paying with Bitcoin. Until recently, I haven’t been taking advantage. It turns out it’s well worth it. Use your Visa, Mastercard or any other payment method with a service like Coinmama or CEX.IO and save with every order. It adds up over time.
Don’t let their slightly unconventional branding fool you. DuckDose is one serious modafinil vendor, and over the years has become one of my go-to’s. With helpful and responsive support both via email and in Reddit’s nootropics community, they take good care of their customers.
Global shipping is free, and you can track your order right on the DuckDose website. They accept all Visa and MasterCard branded prepaid, debit and credit cards. Bitcoin is also welcome and will get you a 20% discount on your order. Returning customers also get an additional one-off 15% reduction on their next purchase. Both discounts are a great deal considering DuckDose already has some of the lowest prices around.
Another good choice, ModaPharma is marginally pricier than the other vendors. What they do offer, however, is the quickest free shipping of the bunch. Anywhere in the world takes 6-12 working days and people in some countries, like the UK, can receive their modafinil in as little as 4-7 business days. In fact, if you don’t get your order within 15 working days, ModaPharma will give you a full refund or an instant free of charge re-ship.
ModaPharma has easy to access 24-hour customer support. They accept Visa, Mastercard, and Bitcoin as payment options, and will knock 15% off your bill every time you use Bitcoin.
Though they haven’t been around as long as many other sellers, AfinilExpress has seen quick growth and adoption. When ModafinilCat, formerly the biggest vendor of modafinil online, closed its doors in September 2016, AfinilExpress is who they vouched for and recommended as an alternative.
AfinilExpress offers free global shipping with tracking. They accept Visa, Mastercard, and Bitcoin. When you pay with Bitcoin, you receive a 20% discount on your purchase. Returning customers also get a further 10% discount off their next order.
Note: Until Jan 20, 2018, AfinilExpress is offering a 20% discount for credit card payments, and a 35% discount for Bitcoin payments. Use the coupon code 2K18.
ModafinilStar is the only one of the four vendors I have not (yet) used personally. They too are a newer player to the scene, but so far seem to be doing everything right. Support access is easy and quick. Shipping is free with worldwide tracking, and there’s a 100% refund guarantee if the product is lost or seized somewhere along the way.
Pricing from ModafinilStar is very aggressive, even marginally lower than DuckDose. Similar to other vendors, they accept Visa, Mastercard, and Bitcoin. All Bitcoin purchases get you 20% off the price and as a nice little bonus, an extra 30% worth of tablets. Returning customers also get an additional 10% off.
I was perfectly happy with all three vendors I used, and any would make a fine choice. If I absolutely had to pick just one, I would probably go with DuckDose. In the long run, the 15% returning customer and 20% Bitcoin discounts can really add up, especially when taken off their already very competitive prices.