Mind Lab Pro (also MLP) and Modafinil (also Moda) might seem like similar drugs as they’re both recommended for enhancing alertness. But which one of the two is the most effective and safer choice? Here’s our contribution to the Mind Lab Pro vs Modafinil debate.

A Quick Unbiased Overview

MLP and Moda both have significant effects on your cognition. However, the major differences in their structures often translate to significant differences in their potency and risk of side effects:

  • Modafinil works by stimulating your brain and nerve system
  • MLP works by providing your brain with the food it needs for peak performance
  • Modafinil improves wakefulness but doesn’t make you smarter (which is what true noots should do)
  • MLP feeds your mind over time and might make you smarter
  • Modafinil is faster, off-the-blocks, it jacks up your mind in temporary bursts
  • Mind Lab Pro requires days of supplementation to reach full peak
  • None of the supplements should be abused; and Modafinil should NEVER be taken with alcohol

Now that we’ve gotten that off our chests, it’s time to focus on a fully-fledged comparison of these two. We’ll start with the similarities they share before proceeding to look at their differences.

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The Similarities

It would only be fair to give the title “limitless drug” to any one of these two alternatives. They are quite powerful and highly sought after. A closer look at them, indeed, reveals that they share several similarities.

1. Categorized As Nootropics

Both are considered “smart drugs.” They are recreationally used to improve cognition. And of course, they’re meant to be swallowed as opposed to being injected into the body or drank as beverages.

2. Found Online

These two pups can be bought online. Mind Lab Pro is readily available on its official website. Modafinil can also be found on some secure websites. That said, the FDA has been closing in on owners of such websites and we’ve seen quite a few of them close down in the recent past (Afinil Express is the most recent victim).

3. Potency

Looking for the most powerful cognitive enhancers in town? If you’re yet to try one of these two, then you’re missing out on a lot of goodness. Still, neither Mind Lab Pro nor Modafinil is more powerful than Adderall. That said, their effects are subtle still way safer to take than Adderall.

The Differences

As we have already stated, Moda has stimulant-like effects. Experts are still not sure how it works, although some of them have suggested that it enhances the production and distribution of GABA, serotonin, dopamine, and histamine.

MLP entirely focuses on feeding the brain and making it better from within. It’s that simple! The stack is loaded with choline and phosphatidylserine both which support brain function.

1. Natural vs Lab-Made

MLP is 100% natural. All of its ingredients are earth-grown and presented to you in just the way Mother Nature intended them to be. On the other hand, Moda is entirely made in the lab. It has been around since the 70s and proudly belongs to the “pharmaceutical-grade” family of nootropics.

2. Which One Works Faster?

Moda is definitely faster than Mind Lab Pro. In fact, its effects are believed to kick in within just a few minutes of taking the pills.

Once you take it, it goes straight to the brain and stimulates the production of key neurotransmitters. In particular, and just like caffeine, it supports the production of dopamine. This is a neurotransmitter that’s known for its feel-good effects.

Bad news for potential Mind Lab Pro users! You probably won’t feel anything from taking a pill or two of it. Unlike Moda, it’s not a stimulant and its effects tend to be less subtle in the short-run.

The trick with MLP is to take it in small bits every day. It reaches peak effectiveness within several days and from that point onward supplies you with a consistent supply of clean energy.

3. Legal Issues

There are no legal issues linked to Mind Lab Pro so far. It’s a simple and clean product. And as we’ve already mentioned, its formula is completely natural.

On its part, Moda is a prescription-only drug. It is only meant to be taken as per a doctor’s recommendation and not for recreational reasons.

That said, there’s no denying that despite those restrictions, it still enjoys immense popularity in the gray and black markets. So, it’s safe to say that the “smart junkies” take it for non-prescriptive reasons anyway.

4. Smartness

Contrary to popular belief, Moda cannot make your “smarter” than you already are. That’s because it only works by stimulating the production of neurotransmitters. It might enhance your thinking and concentration in the short-run but it doesn’t promote the long-term growth of your brain.

MLP can make you smarter! That’s because it supplies you with the building blocks your brain needs to grow and develop in the long-run. Not enhancements!

5. Addiction

You see, the problem with any product that works by stimulating the production of “feel good hormones” is that it tends to create a dependency. That’s because, over time, your brain gradually loses its ability to produce some of those neurotransmitters choosing instead to rely on what’s easily supplied through the drugs you take

As such, Modafinil is likely to leave you addicted to its consumption. Fortunately, MLP doesn’t jack up your mind and there are no addiction complaints reported about it so far.

6. Pricing – Which One Is More Affordable?

A jar of MLP containing 60 pills will set you back $65. That said, you need to take 2 pills per serving and, therefore, you’ll be dealing with roughly $2.16 per serving.

The price of Modafinil varies greatly from one vendor to the next. That’s particularly due to the existence of cheap, generic versions of it. But even with that said, our favorite vendor Afinil Express (who has since closed down) used to sell 200mg of Modafinil at $0.77 per pill.

So, Modafinil is generally cheaper than Mind Lab Pro.

Final Thoughts

Although Moda is cheaper than MLP, it also is much more difficult to find due to its legal status. Plus its side effects can be life-threatening. As we’ve also mentioned, it’s addictive and does a terrible job of supplying brain energy in the long-run.


Mind Lab Pro costs a pretty penny but is easy to find and buy online. You won’t need to take it looking over your shoulders worrying that someone might get you arrested. And above all, it isn’t addictive.


The choice is yours. If you’re looking for some quick-wins, Moda might be the badass you need. But if all you desire is a consistent supply of clean energy we’d encourage you to opt for Mind Lab Pro.