Which is safer Adderall or Modafinil (Provigil)?

It was a Fight Night of the boxing variety.

In the red corner, the champion, sweat glistening over every exposed bit of skin, determined eyes and a clenching jaw trying to get comfortable with the mouthpiece.

While in the blue corner, the challenger, young, muscles stretching and flexing with his every movement, steely look on his face following the champs’ every move.

I love boxing as a competition between two equals. It brings out their best qualities.

Take the two most popular nootropic drugs on the market today, Provigil and Adderall. They’ve been at it for a long time and in the process have built up a huge fan following for each other.

That said, which is actually the safer bet?

You ought to care about the things you put into your body. If you are a power user, tiny improvements matter to you and you also need to be sure it is safe as well.

You need to be thinking about the long-term benefits for your body that these drugs can provide.

Provigil vs. Adderall: What’s the difference?

Given that they are a bit similar, are there actually differences to how they function? Short answer, yes there are differences.

Provigil is the commercial moniker of Modafinil, a portmanteau of the words ‘pro’ and ‘vigil’. Modafinil has found off-label use as a nootropic drugs with people.

Adderall has also been around for quite a while and has similar properties as Modafinil.

Let’s break it down a bit so it’s easier to understand.


It’s a drug formulated in the lab and approved for treatment of Narcolepsy and shift sleep disorder. It has off-label use as a brain stimulant and is used by people for tangible benefits related to productivity and focus.

This works by altering the chemical found in the brain that basically affects cognition. This means increasing the amount of dopamine, histamine, other monoamines, and stimulate other receptors to get the users into the ‘zone’.


Adderall is a psychostimulant drug made up of a variety amphetamine salts which are geared to treat people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Generally considered as the go-to option to t