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What is Provigil?

Provigil is a medication used for the treatment of different sleep disorders. Provigil or Modafinil is available in 100mg and 200mg tablets in the market.

Active IngredientsModafinil
TypeCNS (Central Nervous System) Stimulant
Brand NamesProvigil, Modafinil, Modalert, Modiwake, Modanil, Alertec, Alertex, Forcilin, Modvigil, Modiodal, Movigil, & Wakelert
Strength Variations100 & 200 mg
Legal StatusSchedule IV
Max Daily Dosage400 mg/day
Dependency RiskVery Low
ManufacturersCephalon, Teva, Barr, Watson, Shire, Mylan, Orchid, & Par

It is one of the most used medications for the treatment of narcolepsy or excessive sleepiness. Apart from medical uses, there is an increasing number of people using it for cognitive enhancement. Researchers have claimed that it is not a cognitive enhancer, rather it just increases the alertness of the brain and decreases drowsiness.

Modafinil was first sold in the US market in 1998 and right now it is one of the most commonly used medications for the treatment for narcolepsy. This medication works directly on the brain, it should be used with care. An overdose or improper usage of this medication can cause severe side effects and people are prone to get addicted with long-term use. it is considered a great alternate for Adderall for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) although it doesn’t help with ADHD treatment.

How To Consume Provigil?

Usually, doctors recommend taking Provigil once every morning after waking up. That is the time when people usually feel most drowsy. It helps patients wake up and feel fresh before starting their day. In certain cases, patients might need to take a second dose. The second dose is recommended in the afternoon, before or after lunch. The daily dosage of this medication should not be above 400mg. any dosage above 400mg/day can cause side effects. Provigil should not be used for a period longer than 12 weeks or three months.

What Are Side Effects of Provigil?

Side Effects of Provigil are not that many. Usually, these side effects aren’t so serious and go away once a patient stops using the medication. Yet some side effects can cause serious damage to the brain and patients to need to take extra care and seek emergency attention as soon as possible.

Normal/Moderate Side Effects

The list side effects of Provigil are never-ending so we will be listing some of the commonly reported side effects. Mention them to your doctor during the next checkup.

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Sleeplessness
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness

Serious Side Effects

Stop using the medication if any of the side effects mentioned below develops in a patient. Call 911 or go to an ER if condition is serious.

  • Irregular heartbeats
  • High blood pressure
  • Mood swings
  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Skin rashes
  • Extreme dizziness

Precautions for Provigil Usage

Doctors should prescribe this medication after confirming that a patient actually suffers from narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is usually confirmed by running different testes in sleep labs. Apart from this patients need to get a complete physical checkup before they start using this medication. Also, let the doctor know about any other health conditions. This will help the doctors in determining the safety of this medication. Patients suffering from any of the health problems listed below should avoid this medication:

  • Chest pain
  • Liver problem
  • Kidney problems
  • Heart problems
  • Mental illnesses
  • Substance abuse history

If you have any other health problem apart from the ones listed above, let your doctor know. This will help them understand any interference this medication can cause those health problems. Always consult a health professional before using or purchasing this medication.