Modafinil is a prescription medication that is used as a stimulant for eliminating sleep disorders associated with excessive drowsiness. This drug is used to promote wakefulness required for overcoming such disorders as narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and work shift sleep disorder. Modafinil works by affecting specific neurotransmitters in the brain and exciting the central nervous system.
However, in contrast to other stimulants, it doesn’t cause fatigue or excessive activity when used. Of course, it requires a proper dosage to be set and the prescription to be followed thoroughly, so you’ll need to consult with your doctor first.
When you’ll be discussing the use of Modafinil with your doctor, make sure to mention all the medications you’re currently taking, including prescription, non-prescription, recreational drugs, dietary or vitamin supplements.
Do not start taking any medications while using Modafinil without telling your doctor first. This will help prevent unnecessary drug interactions that may have negative side effects for your health. Certain health conditions may require the dosage of Modafinil to be adjusted.
So make sure to inform your doctor if you have chest pain (angina), blood pressure problems, heart diseases, a recent history of heart attack or stroke, liver or kidney disorders, history of substance abuse. It’s in your interest to tell your doctor about all the health conditions that you have in order to take the drug safely.
Modafinil should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor by following the instruction in your prescription label. The medication is usually taken in the morning in order to prevent daytime sleepiness or before the work shift if used to promote wakefulness during work. The drug is usually prescribed for twelve weeks; however, the duration of the course, as well as the exact dosage, strongly depends on the exact situation the drug is used in.
Do not take Modafinil with alcohol, any other stimulants, or other substances that affect the central nervous system. This may alter the effects of the drug and cause serious side effects to occur.
Because Modafinil affects the central nervous system, it may impair your thinking and reactions. That’s why it is strongly recommended to avoid driving, operating machinery, or performing any other risky tasks before you know exactly how Modafinil will influence your sense of awareness and concentration abilities.
Skin rashes may occur while using the drug, and it is strongly encouraged to stop taking Modafinil and contact your doctor as soon as possible with signs of even a mild skin rash. This side effect is quite rare, but if left untreated may cause serious skin disorders that may require hospitalization.
What is Provigil?
Medicines based on Modafinil are made by several companies, which also give the drug a brand (trade) name. One of the most popular of them is Provigil. Provigil has the same indications for use as Modafinil, i.e., treatment of drowsiness associated with narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder. In the US it is released strictly on prescription.
Provigil is widely used by United States Air Force as a fatigue pill as well as by legionnaires of the French Foreign Legion. In addition, Provigil was successfully tested in the Royal Armed Forces of the United Kingdom and the Armed Forces of India.