Modafinil (Provigil) is a prescription medication used to treat excessive sleepiness caused by certain sleep disorders. It is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that is believed to work by affecting the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, such as dopamine and norepinephrine, which help regulate wakefulness and alertness.
Modafinil is approved for the treatment of:
Narcolepsy: A chronic neurological disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden attacks of sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS): A sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing during sleep, which leads to excessive daytime sleepiness.
Shift work sleep disorder (SWSD): A sleep disorder that affects individuals who work nontraditional hours, such as night shifts or rotating shifts, leading to difficulty staying awake and alert during their working hours.
Dosage and Administration
Modafinil is available in tablet form and should be taken orally. The recommended dosage and schedule may vary depending on the condition being treated and individual response to the medication. It is essential to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions carefully.
Common side effects
Some common side effects of Modafinil may include:
Loss of appetite
These side effects are generally mild and may go away with time. However, if they persist or worsen, consult your healthcare provider.
Precautions: Before starting Modafinil, inform your healthcare provider of any medical conditions, allergies, or medications you are taking, as this may affect the suitability of the drug for your specific situation. Additionally, Modafinil may not be suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women or individuals with a history of heart problems, high blood pressure, liver or kidney issues, or mental health disorders.
Modafinil may interact with other medications, affecting their efficacy or increasing the risk of side effects. Some examples of medications that may interact with Modafinil include
It is essential to inform your healthcare provider of all the medications you are currently taking to minimize the risk of drug interactions.
Store Modafinil at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct sunlight. Keep the medication out of reach of children and pets.
This information is not exhaustive and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult your healthcare provider for personalized information and guidance.