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Nuvigil
(Armodafinil)

Provigil
(Modafinil)

Makes you feel awake. Nuvigil (Armodafinil) is effective in improving alertness, but it can interact with other medications and shouldn't be used long-term.Improves alertness. Provigil (Modafinil) is effective in improving alertness, but it can interact with other medicines and shouldn't be used long-term.
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Reviews for Provigil (Modafinil)
78%
13% vs. Nuvigil (Armodafinil)
70%
3% vs. Nuvigil (Armodafinil)
4%
+14% vs. Nuvigil (Armodafinil)
Side effects
NuvigilProvigil
  • Headache 14%
  • Nausea 6%
  • Sleep difficulty 5%
  • Adverse events 3%
  • Dizziness 3%
  • Anxiety 3%
  • Diarrhea 2%
  • Constipation 1%
  • Thirst 1%
  • Heart pounding or racing sensation 1%
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  • Headache 11%
  • Nausea 8%
  • Any side effect 5%
  • Nervousness 4%
  • Sleep difficulty 4%
  • Anxiety 4%
  • Loss of appetite 3%
  • Dry mouth 2%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Chest pain 2%
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How it works
NuvigilProvigil
Nuvigil (Armodafinil) is a stimulant that helps you feel awake by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain.Provigil (Modafinil) is a stimulant that helps you feel awake. Researchers don't know exactly how Provigil (Modafinil) works, but it probably affects chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain.
Type of medication
NuvigilProvigil
StimulantPrescription only
StimulantPrescription only
Available as
NuvigilProvigil
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
NuvigilProvigil
Risk factors for serious side effects
NuvigilProvigil
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
      • Current kidney problems
      • Current liver problems
      • History of heart problems
      • History of psychiatric disorder
      • History of bipolar disorder
      Detailed Nuvigil (Armodafinil) risks & warnings »
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      Pregnancy category
      NuvigilProvigil
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      • Don't drink alcohol with Nuvigil (Armodafinil).
      • Don't drink alcohol with Provigil (Modafinil).
      Food
      No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      • Nuvigil (Armodafinil) is processed in the liver so it's not a good choice if you have liver, or even kidney, problems.
      • Nuvigil (Armodafinil) is processed by the kidney and liver. If you have kidney or liver problems, you may need a different dose, or other medication, to prevent increased risk of side effects.
      • Not a good choice if you have liver or kidney problems.
      Sex
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      • Effective in treating excess sleepiness in shift work sleep disorder (SWSD).
      • Doesn't negatively affect daytime sleep.
      • If using for shift work sleep disorder (SWSD), take Nuvigil (Armodafinil) about an hour before the start of your shift.
      • Effective in reducing excessive sleepiness in Shift-work Sleep Disorder.
      • Doesn't negatively affect daytime sleep.
      Weight
      No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      NuvigilProvigil
      • Effective in treating excess sleepiness in shift work sleep disorder (SWSD).
      • It's a non-amphetamine medication that helps improve alertness.
      • Doesn't negatively affect daytime sleep.
      • It's a non-amphetamine medicine that helps improve alertness.
      • Available in a generic version.
      • Effective in reducing excessive sleepiness in Shift-work Sleep Disorder.
      • Doesn't negatively affect daytime sleep.
      Downsides and risks
      NuvigilProvigil
      • Nuvigil (Armodafinil) can be habit-forming, so it's typically not used for long-term treatment.
      • Reduces the effectiveness of birth control pills. You need to use an additional contraceptive method while taking Nuvigil (Armodafinil).
      • Nuvigil (Armodafinil) is processed in the liver so it's not a good choice if you have liver, or even kidney, problems.
      • Not available as a generic.
      • Interacts with many other medications.
      • Provigil (Modafinil) can be habit-forming, so it's typically not used for long-term treatment.
      • Taking Provigil (Modafinil) will make hormonal birth control less effective. You should definitely use additional forms of non-hormonal contraception.
      • Not a good choice if you have liver or kidney problems.
      • Interacts with many other medications.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      NuvigilProvigil
      • If using for shift work sleep disorder (SWSD), take Nuvigil (Armodafinil) about an hour before the start of your shift.
      • Taking caffeine with Nuvigil (Armodafinil) can make you feel nervous, shaky, and will raise your heartbeat.
      • If you've been taking Nuvigil (Armodafinil) for a while and decide to stop it, you'll experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop it too fast.
      • Don't drink alcohol with Nuvigil (Armodafinil).
      • Tell your doctor right away if you break out in a rash.
      • Take Provigil (Modafinil) about an hour before you need to be fully alert.
      • Taking caffeine with Provigil (Modafinil) can cause you to feel nervous, shaky, and have a faster heartbeat. Try limiting your caffeine intake.
      • Until you know how Provigil (Modafinil) makes you feel, don't drive or perform any tasks that need you to be alert.
      • You can experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop taking Provigil (Modafinil). Talk to your doctor before making any changes.
      • Don't drink alcohol with Provigil (Modafinil).
      • Tell your doctor right away if you break out in a rash.
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