Provigil

(modafinil)

4.2/ 5 average rating with 28 reviewsforProvigil
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Improves alertness.

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Our bottom line

Provigil (modafinil) is effective in improving alertness, but it interacts with some medicines and shouldn't be used long-term.

Quick facts about Provigil
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (modafinil)
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 30 200mg tablets
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Upsides

  • Provigil (modafinil) is a nonstimulant medication that improves alertness.
  • Provigil (modafinil) is available in a cheaper, generic version.
  • Provigil (modafinil) is good at decreasing excessive sleepiness in shift work sleep disorder.
  • If you need to sleep in the daytime, this medication won't effect you.

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Downsides

  • Provigil (modafinil) can be habit forming, so it shouldn't be used for long-term treatment.
  • Provigil (modafinil) is not a good choice if you have liver problems.
  • May not be a good option if you are taking hormonal contraception like birth control pills.

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How it works

Provigil (modafinil) is a stimulant that helps you feel awake. Researchers don't know exactly how Provigil (modafinil) works, but it likely effects chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain to increase alertness.

Quick facts about Provigil
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (modafinil)

Dosage forms

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People’s experience with Provigil

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What to expect when you take Provigil (modafinil) for Narcolepsy

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Side effect rates for Provigil (modafinil)

From 1501 clinical trials of Provigil when taken for narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea (osa), or shift work disorder (swd).
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Stuffy nose
  • Back pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Indigestion
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness

Risks and Warnings for Provigil (modafinil)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Allergy to Provigil (modafinil)

    In some people, Provigil (modafinil) can cause serious allergic reactions and life-threatening organ failure. Report any skin rash, fever, swelling, or trouble breathing to a doctor immediately. Severe and fatal skin reactions (Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis) can occur anytime, and as early as the first day you take Provigil (modafinil). Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice sores or fluid-filled blisters on your skin, lips, or inside your mouth. If you have this reaction you won't be able to continue taking this medication.

Common concerns from people taking Provigil (modafinil)

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Interactions
  • Provigil (modafinil) has many drug interactions and can lower the strength of your birth control pill, so use an additional form of birth control while using Provigil (modafinil).
Alcohol
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking Provigil (modafinil).
Kidneys and liver
  • Provigil (modafinil) is processed by the kidney and liver. If you have kidney or liver problems, you may need to take a lower dose to prevent side effects.
Sleep
  • If you need to sleep in the daytime, this medication won't effect you.
  • Reviewed Provigilon 7/22/2016I have RLS, and helped me tremendously with sleepiness in the daytime. As long as I did not take after noon, had no problems sleeping. It is expensive and my inurance company just stopped paying for it. Just started ritalin today. Wish lu
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    Excessive daytime sleepiness