Duckdose Review and Comparison to ModafinilCat

Update April 2018: Yes, DuckDose is closed.

Here is what I received just a few minutes ago:

Duckdose is shutting down, effective immediately.
It’s been an amazing ride, but the ducks have decided it is time to pursue other opportunities.

To order Modafinil online, please see ModafinilXL instead (my review).

This is a review of a buyer’s experience shopping at Duckdose, a vendor for generic Modafinil tablets sourced from Sun Pharmaceuticals.

This article will cover everything from the details on Duckdose’s website, the overall shopping experience, and compare that experience to its competitor — ModafinilCat.com.

(Note: ModafinilCat is no longer in business. For more than a few years, they were the gold standard of service and quality in the Modafinil space. In their farewell email, they recommended Duckdose to their loyal customers as a worthy Modafinil supplier).

Introduction to Duckdose

As one of many, many people who have been enthralled by the Modafinil craze of recent years, I know that reliably sourcing the compound can be difficult.

Modafinil and its more powerful brother, Armodafinil, can only be obtained through an expensive prescription from a medical professional, or by circumventing regulatory bodies that world governments have set up.

Indeed, the power of the substance can be reflected in the efforts that exist to control its use. In order to reach a compromise of both price and reliable access, nootropics users like myself have turned towards internet-based suppliers to purchase Modafinil.

One such supplier is Duckdose.com, or simply Duckdose, which follows a tried and true paradigm of sourcing Modafinil but with an interesting approach to their marketing which we’ll cover later.


Duckdose is a small company whose name is known only among members of the biohacking and nootropics-experimenting community.

It operates a website where nearly anybody can visit and place orders for Modafinil to ship all around the world.

Nothing is publicly known about the founders or exact location of their administration, which isn’t surprising given the nature of the Modafinil trade, which often involves friction with legal authorities.

I do know that the company uses a similar distribution method as its established competitor ModafinilCat, which we reviewed last February.

(Curiously, neither of these vendors appears on Gwern’s list of Modafinil suppliers, despite the inclusion of many now-defunct and disreputable vendors.)

Both companies source generic tablets from a large manufacturer in India and obfuscate their international shipments from customs in various countries.

Customers place orders through the website, and they are shipped directly to their doorstep with minimal complication.

To start my review of Duckdose, I’ll go over their website design and how it pertains to the overall shopping experience.


When I first browsed over to duckdose.com, the first thing I noticed was how similar the site appeared in design and layout to ModafinilCat.com.

Not to mention having an animal in their name and logo. Perhaps a coincidence, or perhaps just their way of lightening the mood for Modafinil buyers around the world.

The next thing I noticed, front and center, were buttons to go purchase Modafinil or Armodafinil.

buying buttons for modafinil and armodafinil

Right away, I could have moved forward in the buying process, but I was curious enough to scroll down on the main page. Here, a number of benefits of Modafinil use are listed.

  • Academics: Improved Attention-span and Learning Capacity
  • Executives: Cognitive Enhancer, Wakefulness Promoter
  • Athletes: Safe Motivation Booster
  • Gamers: Reduced Reaction Times, Better Planning

I can definitely appreciate how Duckdose highlights these use cases, especially if a person isn’t sure if they can benefit from their purchase. However, almost anybody can find a great use for Modafinil as well as other nootropics available.

Also on the main page, Duckdose lists news articles about Modafinil, including ones from The Economist, Wired, Scientific American, and BBC news at the time of writing.


Duckdose maintains a large and admittedly impressive blog of all things Modafinil. I can’t be certain how often it’s updated, but the posts cover very modern issues that nootropics users are concerned with.

Some of the topics covered are using Modafinil as a substitute for Adderall, usage comparisons between Modafinil and Armodafinil, and a likening of Modafinil to daily coffee use.

I found the bit on coffee use especially intriguing, as it is good marketing to make a point that psychoactive substances are used daily by millions of people, so Modafinil use doesn’t have to seem like a radical and dangerous activity.

The blog does an adequate job of explaining details we know about Modafinil here at Corpina, such as mechanism of action, half-life, and safety.

To recap from earlier articles, Modafinil works through a number of mechanisms, raising levels of wakefulness-increasing molecules called orexins as well as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels.

It takes roughly an hour or two to start working, and the effects last about 12 hours in the body, whereas Armodafinil lasts about 15-16 hours.

As far as the safety of Modafinil, I recommend checking out our article on Adderall vs Provigil safety.


After deciding to finally bite the bullet and buying some of Duckdose’s product, I clicked the buy button in the purple Modafinil labelled box on the main page (the buy button at the top redirects here).

I was then brought to a page featuring Modalert, the generic Modafinil produced by the reputable Sun Pharmaceuticals.


There are four choices in the number of tablets you can order at once from Duckdose: 50, 100, 200, and 300.

Special: get a Duckdose coupon code for money off all products (promo for Corpina readers only). Just leave a comment at the end of this article and you will receive the coupon code via an email.

As of September 17, 2016, the code is no longer valid.

If you’d like a new Modafinil coupon code, head over to the homepage and sign up to the newsletter. 

For each quantity you go up, you will save on the cost paid per pill. For regular Modafinil, these are the current cost options: buying options for 200mg modalert from duckdose Simple enough.

For Armodafinil (generic: Waklert), which we know to be slightly more potent, these are your options: 150mg waklert buying options at duckdose

What I noticed nearly right away was that the prices are actually more competitive than those over at ModafinilCat.

Take a look at these charts containing the prices over at Modafinilcat.com:

Modalert Pricing

list of prices for modalert 200mg from modafinilcat

Waklert Pricing

list of modafinilcat waklert 150mg prices table

It’s clear that the cost per tablet is lower at all quantities as Duckdose, and since both Duckdose and ModafinilCat sell exactly that same products, it quickly made me question what the trade off of shopping here was.

However, after reviewing the service provided by both ModafinilCat and Duckdose, there doesn’t appear to be one!

Both places offer protection from customs seizing your package, giving you the option of a refund or new shipment if this happens, which is a 4 percent chance according to ModafinilCat.

Both companies provide anonymity to your transaction using overseas payment processors.

Both offer the same high-quality generic tablets sourced from Sun Pharmaceuticals.

However, ModafinilCat used to give returning customers 20% off of their next order, whereas for Duckdose the discount is 15%. At that point, ModafinilCat’s prices are slightly more competitive.

It’s worth noting that both suppliers give you a 10% discount for using bitcoin as your method of payment.

Checkout and Payment Options

After choosing a quantity and type of tablet, I was brought to a simple, clean checkout form. It asked for my name, address, email, and method of payment.

As mentioned above, Duckdose will allow you to pay for your tablets with bitcoin (which is the recommended method), although the option to use a credit cards is available for convenience’s sake.

All major American cards (including Visa and MasterCard, American Express, Discover) are accepted but don’t offer the 10% benefit as with bitcoin.

Another thing to note when using a credit card is that certain banks’ security protocols might get triggered. I haven’t seen any explicit messages saying this can happen, as with ModafinilCat, but I imagine it’s possible.

With ModafinilCat, I had to clear the transaction with my bank because they use a credit card processor based in China to save on costs.


After the quick process of checking out, my order was processed securely and my tablets were dispatched from factories in India. The delivery process took about 8 days for me, as a customer in the United States. The time might vary drastically for people in other countries, however.

Since Duckdose uses the same exact supplier as ModafinilCat, I would expect the average shipping times should be the same as well. Here are Duckdose’s shipping times:

  • Most shipping times range from 7-21 days, depending on your location.
  • Shipping time estimates for major markets:
    • United States (6-14 Days)
    • United Kingdom (3-7 Days)
    • Australia (6-14 Days)
  • No Free express shipping

Compared that to ModafinilCat’s shipping times table (copied from our ModafinilCat review article):

expected shipping times of modafinil from duckdose

It’s worth noting that, while Duckdose ships to the same countries (and excludes the same countries) as ModafinilCat, their shipping times for countries outside the USA, UK and Australia aren’t clear.

This is likely due to the fact that they are a newer vendor and haven’t shipped enough Modafinil to give a reliable shipping time for countries other than those three.

Like ModafinilCat, Duckdose offers a full refund for any shipments that get seized by customs. For me personally, these kinds of guarantees address a lot of the anxiety that comes with ordering Modafinil online.


The actual package I received from Duckdose features no branding or any connection to their site or company whatsoever. In fact, it was a very plain white parcel with bubble wrapped Sun Pharmaceuticals tablets inside.

There was some writing on the parcel (in a foreign language, so I have no idea what it meant).

And the tablets inside, showing each of the packaging types for the products:

picture of modafinil and armodafinil tablets from duckdose

Notice how the Modafinil (Modalert) tablets and Armodafinil (Waklert) tablets from SunPharma come in different foil packs.

The regular Modafinil comes in a flexible foil packet, which I find convenient because you can rip off sections at a time to bring pills on the go.

The Armodafinil comes in a plastic blister pack sort of containers, which is slightly less easy to separate, but possible with scissors.

Overall I have no complaints about the presentation, there isn’t much to ask for in this case, so long as the tablets arrive safely and in single pieces.

Testing it out

The biggest question most people will ask me at this point is, “Does the Modafinil from Duckdose really work?!”

From my experience using Modafinil in the past, I can confirm that they work exactly as expected, with all of the alertness and nootropic goodness included.

Ordering tablets from suppliers that use Sun Pharmaceuticals has always been a positive experience, Duckdose included.


Duckdose has done a great job of simplifying the process of providing quality Modafinil tablets, which is what I’d expect in an industry where the demand is high for such products.

I was impressed by their website’s copious amount of knowledge to share, as well as their aggressive pricing scheme compared to ModafinilCat.

In the future, I would say it’s very likely I’ll go with Duckdose again for my Modafinil needs.

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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 88 comments
Reuben Silva - July 19, 2016

Thanks for your review I too iam a costumer of modafinilcat and I am really interested in duckdose. Iam running low on my moda and because of your review I think I’ll go with the duck. Thanks again for your review

RI - July 20, 2016

Thanks for your informative review (in addition to those on reddit, etc.)! I will definitely consider ordering from Duckdose next time based on the legitimacy of the products/website + savings! ( :

    Dan - July 21, 2016

    Cheers RI! Thanks for the comment.

    Definitely seems like Duckdose is doing a great job of marketing themselves. They (or one of their friends) are also very active on Quora’s nootropics and modafinil topics. It will be interesting to see if they and other new moda vendors can catch up to MC.

Corey LoPrest - July 23, 2016

My first order of Modalert came from the manufacturer itself. However since this option is no longer available I look forward to doing business with Duckdose. They are building a great reputation and earning trust in the nootropic community. I look forward to becoming one of their clients as soon as possible. Thanks Corpina for reviewing Duckdose!

safecrossing - July 25, 2016

Can’t find an email for this company?

Liz - July 29, 2016

Hi! I am looking to do business with Duckdose once my Bitcoin transaction goes through early next week. Thanks for the review! I’ve been researching different distributors to learn as much as possible before ordering. Hopefully my experience will be as positive as yours!

Brian - August 1, 2016

Haven’t used duckdose yet. But I have enjoyed Modafinilcat. I may have to try these guys out!

Matt - August 1, 2016

I’m looking forward to trying their site!

Chloe - August 4, 2016

Great comparison! I’ll give them a shot.

EM - August 6, 2016

Many thanks for the quality review, I still had some concerns but your detailed feedback addressed all of them. Will order asap. Cheers!

JD - August 9, 2016

Thank you for the great info and review. Do you still have a discount code?

Kelvin - August 10, 2016

Thanks for the review! I’m definitely gonna try Duckdose.

Jeremy - August 11, 2016

Thanks for the review. I think I’ll place an order with them now.

    Dan - August 11, 2016

    Cheers Jeremy! Let me know how it works out.


Carolynn - August 12, 2016

This was really informative! Thanks I really appreciated it. Your information was clear and beautifully written. -Carolynn

Ryan - August 12, 2016

Thanks for the review. I may give them a try.

    Dan - August 12, 2016

    Awesome, Ryan. Definitely worth a shot. The checkout experience, customer service and quality is on par with ModafinilCat. I expect these guys to be around for a while.

Zach - August 12, 2016

Thanks for the review! Will definitely try Duckdose when I get my discount code. Cheers!

Gerry - August 12, 2016

can’t wait to try it out!

Jermy - August 16, 2016

Informative review, thanks for posting. Really interested to see whatthe duck is up (to)!

ciccio - August 19, 2016


lorenz - August 20, 2016

Thanks for bringing this vendor to my attention.

Bob - August 20, 2016

Thank you for the review of duckdose. I have ordered from ‘Cat’ a few times but they are still out of stock.

G.K. - August 23, 2016

Appreciate the review. I think I’ll try ordering from them. Wanted to get more Waklert, but Cat has been out for a bit. Looks like Duck just got it back in stock.

Shadi - August 24, 2016

great review. do u still have the promo code? haha thanks

Rita Oberman - August 24, 2016

Thanks for the email and information. I have chronic fatigue, and Provigil helps a lot. I can do without it, but appreciate the boost in wakefulness that it provides. At one point, I got free samples from my doctor, but those days are long gone. I will try ordering from DuckDose and hope for the best!

Chris - August 24, 2016

Great article! You’ve definitely convinced me to give DuckDose a shot over ModafinilCat. Any promo codes left? Thanks!

Joseph Menkowicz - August 24, 2016

Thank you for your excellent review. Being more familiar with modafinilcat, I was uncertain whether duckdose was a viable alternative. Thanks to your review I have much more confidence they’ll be just as reliable.

Hunter - August 25, 2016

I have read a great deal about modafinil but have never heard of the duckdose company before. Are they that new?

Missy - August 25, 2016

How does modcat know if you are a returning customer? I don’t remember having to create an account. Do you know if modcat gives you the return customer discount + btc discount?If I can’t find my modcat account info I might try duckdose. Their website is really nice and very similar to modcat.

Dave - August 26, 2016

Thanks for the review. Do you still have a coupon code? I’m looking to try it out

MX - August 26, 2016

Hi Do you still have the duckdose code?


Robert - August 27, 2016

has anyone received their shipment yet since the article came out?

    KGP - November 8, 2016

    Their product is not effective. I have used this medication for a decade. I am not certain what the fillers are with this company, albeit, it was less than effective and after 200 mg. I found myself falling asleep within two hours. Beware.

Gina - August 27, 2016

Extremely informative article! I am going to try out Duckdose, can you sent me the promo code please 🙂

Britt - August 29, 2016

Interesting! I was about to order from Modafinilcat but am gonna go with Duckdose instead (never tried either). Are coupons still available?

Rodrigo R. - August 31, 2016

Thanks for the informative review!

Missy - September 2, 2016

Update from previous comment:

After reading this review I deiced to give duckdose a shot. First, with modafinilcat, the only way to get a returning customer discount is to save your purchase order, which I did not. So even with both websites offering the bitcoin discount duckdose was cheaper. And, wow, they were way faster with shipping. Not sure how that’s possible, I know it’s sort of out of their control once they ship it but I got mine in 7 days including the weekend. Of note, though, I added a message to deliver without signature but the courier came to my door for one any way. The package was clearly marked “deliver without signature”. So glad I was home when it got there. duckdose provides a QR to scan the transaction and when I bought from modcat everything had to be typed manually IIRC. Overall, very happy I gave duckdose a try.

Slash - September 2, 2016

I think I’ll give them a try, thanks for the review.

it - September 5, 2016

thanks for the review, will likely give it a try

Jeff flett - September 5, 2016

I just my shipment, later review upon arrive.

Nax - September 5, 2016

would love to give it a try thanks

Mike - September 7, 2016

Thank you for your review

kel - September 8, 2016

been having problems with another site and my fraud alert. will try this one with discount. thanks

Danyel - September 9, 2016

Thanks for the review! Really put me at ease (:

Surya - September 9, 2016

Great article! I want some too, can you get me the discount code?

Syrah - September 9, 2016

Thank you for the great info and review. Do you still have a discount code?

Zachary - September 9, 2016

Hello ive read rhis article please email me a coupon code

Nima - September 9, 2016

Thanks for the review. I will definitely give them a shot, looking forward to a little discount as well.

Denna - September 11, 2016

Thank you for the review! I look forward to trying them with the coupon!

Ellen - September 12, 2016

Thanks so much for this review!!

Matt - September 13, 2016

Thanks for the review! I’ll try them out.

Thatwhichwaits - September 14, 2016

Thanks for the review! I will definitely try duckdose. A coupon will be very much appreciated.

R. - September 14, 2016

Thanks for the review – would love to try them out too!

john - September 14, 2016

Thanks for the review! I join the herds!

jessica - September 15, 2016

I would love a coupon code for a discount! Thanks!

Kan - September 16, 2016

Good article

DgtlDrgn - September 17, 2016

Cheers! I’ve used a number of different online sellers for nootropic needs. I’m always looking for the best deals but hesitate to but from a new source. I appreciate the review and will give Duckdose a try. Thanks!