ABOUT MODVIGIL- THE SMART DRUG
Modvigil is a wakefulness-promoting drug that helps reduce excessive sleepiness in people suffering from sleeping problems. Modafinil was approved by FDA in the year 1998 to treat sleeping disorders in people such as narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, and shift work sleep disorder. This smart drug helps in making an individual’s mind alert, awake and well-functioning all throughout the day. It helps in enhancing retaining abilities, creativity and reasoning abilities and skills in people. It is reported to have a mood-brightening effect on individuals and it may have a positive impact on individuals suffering from anxiety and depression. This drug does not have many withdrawal symptoms that come with other types of stimulants. The side effects are said to be fairly mild and less severe.
Generic name: Modafinil
Active ingredients: Modafinil
Inactive ingredients: povidone, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, pregelatinized starch, croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate, and microcrystalline cellulose.
HOW TO TAKE IT?
Make sure you consult a doctor before consuming this medication. Take the dosage as prescribed. Never overdose or take it for a longer time as it can lead to unwanted side effects. Following are some general guidelines for consumption of Modvigil:
- Take it with or without food.
- Those suffering from narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea may take one pill orally in the morning. The effects will last all day long due to the long half-life of this medication.
- Those working in shifts may take a pill one hour prior to the start of the work shift (night shift). In case of rotational shifts, talk to your doctor about the next steps.
- Modafinil is a habit-forming drug. Misuse of this drug can lead to addiction, abuse or even death. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets. Do not share it with any other person, especially someone who had been a drug addict.
- Make a list of all the drugs (prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal products) that you are currently taking. Show it to the doctor before consumption. This will ensure if those drugs safely interact with Modvigil.
- You should avoid using this drug if you have a habit of consuming alcohol regularly or have an addiction to street drugs.
- Store it at room temperature away from moisture, heat and direct light. Do not keep it in the bathroom.
- If you have been consuming this drug in high doses or for a long time, you may experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop using this drug. Consult your doctor immediately whenever you experience any withdrawal symptoms.
- Avoid driving and other such activities that require you to be mentally alert until you are fully aware of how this drug is affecting you. This drug can make you dizzy or lightheaded. Talk to your doctor if you feel so while consuming this drug.
WHO SHOULD NOT CONSUME?
- If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you should stay clear of Modvigil as the effects of this drug on the fetus are unknown.
- If you are breastfeeding, consult with a doctor before consuming this drug. Talk about the risks and benefits associated with this drug.
- Avoid using Modvigil if you have a past history of chest pains, irregular heartbeat or other cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, any mental illness including anxiety and depression.
- Tell your doctor if you have any allergic reactions to this drug or to Armodafinil or have any other allergies. The inactive ingredients in this drug might cause an allergic reaction.
- This drug is for adults. Children should be allowed to use this drug.
Modafinil is generally well-tolerated if you take it at prescribed doses. Some of the common side effects of Modvigil so reported are a headache, nausea, anxiety, heartburn, back pain, nervousness, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, dry skin/mouth, insomnia etc.
Insomnia can be caused by Modvigil if it is taken too late in a day. As stated earlier, Modvigil has a long half-life meaning its effect lasts for a long time (12-15 hours). Therefore, it should be taken in the morning or early afternoon to avoid sleep disturbances later in the day.
If you start having a fever, flu-like symptoms or red/purple rash that spreads and blisters, discontinue use of this drug and consult your doctor immediately.
Some more rare but serious side effects of this drug include skin and mucous membrane conditions such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic syndromes. Seek immediate medical attention whenever you experience these sides effects.