Comparison of the single-dose pharmacokinetics and tolerability of modafinil and dextroamphetamine administered alone or in combination in healthy male volunteers

J Clin Pharmacol. 1998 Oct;38(10):971-8. doi: 10.1002/j.1552-4604.1998.tb04395.x.


An open-label, randomized, crossover study was performed in healthy male volunteers to evaluate the potential pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interactions and tolerability of single oral doses of modafinil (200 mg) and dextroamphetamine (10 mg). Blood samples were collected for determination of plasma levels of modafinil, the acid and sulfone metabolites of modafinil, and dextroamphetamine at intervals through 48 hours after administration for each treatment. Vital signs (blood pressure and pulse rate) were measured through 48 hours, and electrocardiograms were measured through 24 hours after administration. Pharmacokinetic parameters were determined using noncompartmental methods. The data collected in this study of 24 healthy volunteers suggest that concomitant administration of single oral doses of modafinil and dextroamphetamine has no clinically significant effects on the pharmacokinetic profile of either agent. Although there was a slightly greater incidence of adverse events when modafinil and dextroamphetamine were administered together, the concomitant administration of the two drugs was well tolerated.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Clinical Trial, Phase I
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Area Under Curve
  • Benzhydryl Compounds / administration & dosage*
  • Benzhydryl Compounds / pharmacokinetics*
  • Blood Pressure / drug effects
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants / administration & dosage*
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants / pharmacokinetics*
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Cross-Over Studies
  • Dextroamphetamine / administration & dosage*
  • Dextroamphetamine / pharmacokinetics*
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Electrocardiography
  • Heart Rate / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Least-Squares Analysis
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Modafinil
  • Statistics, Nonparametric


  • Benzhydryl Compounds
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants
  • Modafinil
  • Dextroamphetamine