Compare Provigil vs. Adderall

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Improves alertness.

Provigil (modafinil) is effective in improving alertness, but it interacts with some medicines and shouldn't be used long-term.

4.2/ 5 average rating with 28 reviewsforProvigil
Helps you focus and stay alert.

Adderall (dextroamphetamine / amphetamine) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD that's available as a generic, but it's a stimulant that can cause difficulty sleeping and other side effects.

3.9/ 5 average rating with 1309 reviewsforAdderall
Upsides
  • Provigil (modafinil) is a nonstimulant medication that improves alertness.
  • Provigil (modafinil) is available in a cheaper, generic version.
  • Provigil (modafinil) is good at decreasing excessive sleepiness in shift work sleep disorder.
  • If you need to sleep in the daytime, this medication won't effect you.
  • First-choice medication to treat ADHD.
  • Adderall (dextroamphetamine / amphetamine) is used together with counseling or other non-drug therapies to treat ADHD.
  • Available as an affordable generic medication.
  • Available in both immediate and extended release forms.
  • For the extended release capsule, if you can't swallow the whole capsule, the capsule can be opened, mixed in a spoonful of applesauce, and swallowed.
Downsides
  • Provigil (modafinil) can be habit forming, so it shouldn't be used for long-term treatment.
  • Provigil (modafinil) is not a good choice if you have liver problems.
  • May not be a good option if you are taking hormonal contraception like birth control pills.
  • Must take in the morning and early afternoon, otherwise it can cause difficulty sleeping.
  • It's a controlled medication and should be locked up to prevent potential abuse.
  • Not safe for people with a history of heart problems.
  • For school-aged children, a second dose will likely need to be given at school.
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Reviews
28 reviews so far
82%
saidit'sworth it
71%
saiditworked well
4%
saidit'sa big hassle

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1309 reviews so far
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saidit'sworth it
53%
saiditworked well
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Side effects
25possible side effects
  • Headache
    34%
  • Nausea
    11%
  • Nervousness
    7%
  • Stuffy nose
    7%
  • Back pain
    6%
  • Diarrhea
    6%
  • Indigestion
    5%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    5%
  • Anxiety
    5%
  • Dizziness
    5%
  • Flu symptoms
    4%
  • Dry mouth
    4%
  • Loss of appetite
    4%
  • Throat inflammation
    4%
  • Chest pain
    3%
  • High blood pressure
    3%
  • Fast heart beat
    2%
  • Palpitation
    2%
  • Dilation of blood vessels
    2%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Abnormal liver function
    2%
  • Depression
    2%
  • Burning/tingling sensation
    2%
  • Drowsiness
    2%
  • Lung disorder
    2%
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The Adderall (dextroamphetamine / amphetamine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Serious allergic reactions
    • Allergy to Provigil (modafinil)
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
  • Increased side effects
    • Current kidney problems
    • Current liver problems
  • Driving impairment
    • Taking with alcohol or drugs
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  • Serious or life-threatening cardiovascular events
    • History of heart problems
    • Misuse of Adderall (dextroamphetamine / amphetamine)
  • Dependence and abuse
    • History of drug abuse
    • Misuse of Adderall (dextroamphetamine / amphetamine)
  • Serotonin syndrome
    • Taking other medicines that affect serotonin levels
  • Aggressive behavior and psychosis
    • History of psychotic episodes
    • History of bipolar disorder
  • Driving impairment
    • Taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine / amphetamine) with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that cause dizziness and/or drowsiness
  • Long-term growth suppression
    • Children ages 7 to 10
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