People who are negatively affected by sleeplessness understand the ways that it can impact their life. From job settings to home life to extracurricular activity, not feeling rested can cause serious damage to how well a person succeeds in achieving their life goals. Mood, energy level, attention span and productivity are all decreased when a person is not fully awake and aware.
Sometimes, it becomes necessary to ask your doctor for help in getting over persistent sleepiness to successfully accomplish life’s tasks. In those cases, Provigil can help.
What is Provigil?
Provigil (also known as Modafinil):
- Provigil is a prescribed, controlled-substance medication, often given orally at a dosage of 200 mg and is typically offered for a time period of under 12 weeks.
- It is designed to assist patients experiencing extreme fatigue, typically due to one of three diagnoses: shift work disorder (SWD), narcolepsy, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
- Provigil treats without curing the symptoms of these sleep disorders and should be taken along with other prescribed medications, not in place of.
- Patients should continue to get proper sleep in addition to taking this medication.
How does Provigil Work?
Provigil helps eliminate sleepiness through interaction with the neurotransmitters found in the brain. These neurotransmitters are naturally occurring chemicals that influence the body’s ability to stay alert during awake periods. It affects the central nervous system to trigger a sense of being more awake, as needed.
What are the Benefits of Provigil?
Use of this medication has been shown to:
- Increase wakefulness among adult patients.
- Decrease sleepiness in the daytime.
- Allow adult patients to participate in normal life activities.
Is Provigil Regulated in the USA?
The FDA considers this prescription drug a controlled substance, as it can cause people to become dependent and/or to abuse it without regulation. Keeping Provigil in a safe place and limiting who has access to it will reduce the risk of misuse of the product.
Other Information to Note:
- Patients who have experienced an allergic reaction to this product should avoid use.
- Be aware of any possible side effects, such as skin rashes, hives, swelling in the legs or face, urine that is darker colored, jaundiced eyes or skin, and mouth sores.
- Patients who have had heart or liver problems are advised to discuss their condition thoroughly with their doctor to determine if Provigil is right for them.
- Provigil should be taken in the mornings to promote wakefulness all day long, or 1 hour before a work-time shift that causes sleep disorders.
- This prescription may be taken with or without food.