From the freely-accessible abstract linked above: “Since the serendipitous discovery that drugs used to treat narcolepsy (modafinil) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (such as methylphenidate and atomoxetine) can improve the brainpower of healthy people, public and scientific interest has grown. Although the current level of use among doctors is unknown, data indicate that a large proportion of other groups in society (such as students and more senior academics) are currently choosingto use these substances.”
The article goes on to say that the use of these drugs by doctors is likely to be tolerated by society because they are not prone to misuse (coupled with the trust and responsibility we have for doctors, I suppose) and because they are being used for ‘the public good’.
Would you use modafinil? Do you know the risks?