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Improves daytime wakefulness in people with uncontrollable sleepiness caused by narcolepsy or sleep apnea. Also used in people who are sleep deprived from working odd hours such as a night shift.
Provigil (modafinil) is a type of stimulant used to promote wakefulness in people who are suffering excessive sleepiness during the day, or who need to be awake during odd hours or for long periods of time.
The medication makes patients feel awake and alert without the jitteriness associated with caffeine or stronger stimulates, such as cocaine or amphetamines. Though it does produce a mild euphoric feeling in some individuals, addiction is considerably less likely than with similar drugs.
Note that this product should not be used in patients under 17 years of age.
Effects & Uses
Provigil commonly produces effects of:
Not all patients experience all the above effects, or experience them in the same strength, though most notice a considerable difference in at least several areas.
Provigil may be used as a long-term, daily treatment in patients who suffer excessive sleepiness resulting from a medical condition, most often:
In other cases the drug is used sporadically for just a few days at a time:
Provigil also sees use in various other areas, though these are typically not approved by regulatory authorities:
In summary, Provigil allows users to stay awake, alert and focused enough to get through the day, no matter how long that day might be, without producing the noticeable, disruptive side effects associated with other stimulants.
The medication comes in 200 mg tablets, which may be taken with or without food according to preference. Tablets may be split to create smaller doses if desired.
Dosage and administration may vary somewhat, depending on the condition causing the sleepiness and user intent:
Provigil begins working about 1 hour after tablets are taken. Effects gradually diminish over the following 8 to 15 hours, with some variation between individuals.
Before Using Provigil
Some things to keep in mind to ensure treatment is trouble-free:
Most patients experience only mild side effects, if any at all, with nausea and vertigo being most common. Other relatively common effects include:
There is a very small risk the medication will produce a potentially life-threatening reaction which can effect the skin and liver. Warning signs include:
Seek emergency medical attention if experiencing the above symptoms, even if they don't appear to be serious.