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Traders and Techies Still Using Provigil, the ‘Viagra for the Brain’

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This man has no limits. (Photo: Think of a blue egg)

This man has no limits. (Photo: Think of a blue egg)

Provigil, the Adderall-like drug used to combat sleepiness, is experiencing a resurrgence fit for our maximum-efficiency lifestyle. Back in 2008, TechCrunch cofounder Michael Arrington penned a post about how Silicon Valley entrepreneurs were increasingly using the prescription pill to stay awake for long periods at a time and focus better. Now, New York Magazine reports Provigil is making a comeback among traders and entrepreneurs, some of whom affectionately refer to it as “Viagra for the Brain.”

Though it was originally marketed as a treatment for narcolepsy, Provigil is currently used primarily as a “smart drug,” helping keep users alert and focused. It’s a lot like Adderall or Vyvanse, but minus some of those drugs’ negative side effects. Limitless, the 2011 movie which showed Bradley Cooper finding a drug that allowed him to use 100 percent of his brain, is rumored to have been modeled off Provigil, according to New York. “I would describe it as being very much like Adderall, but without the speediness,” one trader told New York.

Leave it to Silicon Valley geeks to use drugs for work instead of play.

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