What is modafinil?
Modafinil is a popular smart drug is which is said to prevent tiredness, increase productivity and boost mental performance.
Modafinil is a stimulant commonly prescribed by doctors to control the symptoms of narcolepsy.
Narcolepsy is a brain disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness and sleep attacks. Sufferers fall asleep suddenly and without warning at inappropriate times.
The precise mechanism by which modafinil promotes wakefulness is not fully understood, but it’s thought to be due to interactions with neurotransmitters in the brain.
Modafinil reduces extreme sleepiness due to narcolepsy and other sleep disorders, such as periods of stopped breathing during sleep (obstructive sleep apnea). It is used to help you stay awake during work hours.
Modafinil does not cure these sleep disorders and may not get rid of all your sleepiness. It does not take the place of getting enough sleep. It cannot be used to treat tiredness or hold off sleep in people who do not have a sleep disorder.
How to Take
Follow your doctor’s directions, never take less or more than prescribed. Do not take this medication for longer than prescribed. Modafinil is usually given for 12 weeks or less. The usual prescribed dosage for these disorders is 200 mg once a day. For conditions other than shift work sleep disorder, modafinil is normally taken in one dose in the morning or in two doses in the morning and at midday. It is not recommended to take modafinil afternoon: taking it during the later part of the day may cause insomnia at night.
Modafinil has minimal adverse effects such as:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Gastrointestinal problems (stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation)
- Difficulty sleeping
- Heart palpitations
- Skin reactions
You should take note that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this drug do not have serious side effects.
Inform your doctor immediately if you have any serious side effects, including:
- fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat
- mental/mood changes (such as agitation, confusion, depression, hallucinations, rare thoughts of suicide).
Call for help right away if you start experiencing chest pains.
It is very rare to have very serious allergic reactions when using this drug.. However, call a doctor or phamacist right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:
- swollen lymph nodes
- itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
- severe dizziness
- trouble breathing.
Do not use modafinil if you are allergic to it or armodafinil). Consult your doctor if you have:
- chest pains
- liver or kidney disorders
- any heart diseases
- a history of drug addiction
- if you take blood pressure medication
- if you have recently had a heart attack.
This medication may cause thinking or reactions. If you have to do something which requires being alert, be careful to avoid dangerous accidents.
Before taking modafinil, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to armodafinil; or any other allergies.
This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor in order to have more details about this drug.
Sleep disorders may reduce your ability to react quickly. Though modafinil helps keep you awake, you still may not be able to safely do things that require quick reactions such like driving. This drug may also make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness after taking this drug, until you can do it safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Consult your doctor if you are using marijuana.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should not become pregnant while using modafinil. Modafinil may harm an unborn baby. Ask about reliable forms of non-hormonal birth control while using this medication and for 2 months after stopping treatment. If you become pregnant, talk to your doctor right away about the risks and benefits of this medication.
It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.