Provigil is a wakefulness promoting medication. This
pill is recommended for oral administration. Provigil is a racemic compound. The
generic name for Provigil is Modafinil and is equally effective to that of Provigil.
Modafinil appears to be white to off-white crystalline powder which is not
soluble in water and cyclohexane. However, Provigil is sparingly soluble to slightly
soluble in methanol and acetone. In addition to the active ingredient
Modafinil, the drug also comprises of other inactive ingredients like microcrystalline
cellulose, lactose monohydrate, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate,
pregelatinized starch and povidone.
Provigil is used in the treatment of excessive
sleepiness that is caused by narcolepsy, sleep apnea or shift work sleep
disorder. Provigil is prescribed when a patient complains of excessive daytime
sleepiness. A lot of people have different shift works and if they are affected
by daytime sleepiness, they wouldn’t be able to work properly. Their work and
even their personal life get affected. So, Provigil is prescribed in order to
help such people overcome narcolepsy and to work efficiently for shift timings.
This med is thought to work by altering the
natural chemicals in the brain known as neurotransmitters. Any person who
experiences extreme sleepiness can overcome the situation by taking Provigil. This
drug also reduces periods of stopped breathing. Provigil helps patients in
staying awake if they have a different work schedule that does not let them
have a normal sleep routine.
dosage and administration methods
Provigil is available in the dosage strengths of
100mg and 200mg. Each of the Provigil tablets comprise of 100mg and 200mg of
Modafinil. You need to take Provigil exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Do
not take the medicine in larger or smaller doses or longer than what is
recommended to you by the doctor. Follow the prescription label of the doctor
carefully. You can take Provigil orally either with or without having food. It
is usually administered for a period of twelve days or less. The drug is taken
usually once in the morning.
Provigil for SWSD
If you are taking Provigil for treating your
shift work sleep disorder, take it by mouth irrespective of having had food or
not. Usually it is taken once a day, an hour before you start for shift works. The
dosage for Provigil depends upon your medical condition and your response to
the drug, usually it is 200mg. Take Provigil on time and regularly in order to
get the most benefit out of the med.
Provigil for narcolepsy
Take 200mg Provigil every day once in the morning.
This will slowly treat your narcolepsy condition.
Provigil for obstructive sleep apnea
Take 200mg Provigil every day once in the
dose and overdose
Always take Provigil on time in order to not miss
any doses of it. If you happen to miss any dose of Provigil, then take it as
soon as you remember. In case, it is time for you to take the next dose, then
you can skip the missed dose and continue taking your scheduled doses. Never
take additional doses of Provigil just to compensate for the missed doses. You
can also seek your doctor’s help to know more when you happen to miss any Provigil
Do not take Provigil if you have any allergic
reactions to the medicine or if you have rashes on your skin. This drug has the
potency to make certain birth control pills less effective. It is not known if
Provigil can pass into breast milk. Therefore, it is better to ask doctor
whether to take the med when you are pregnant. When you are on medication with
Provigil, speak to your doctor to know the best birth control methods. The drug
can impair your thinking or reactions. You need to be very careful when you are
driving or doing certain activities that require you to stay alert. You should not
drink alcohol when you are taking Provigil.
If you notice any signs of allergic reactions
like hives, breathing difficulty, swelling of the lips, tongue or throat, get
emergency medical aid as soon as possible.
Common side effects
Sleeping troubles or insomnia
Severe side effects
Shortness of breath
Dark urine, jaundice
Swelling in your legs
Talk to your doctor if you are taking any over the
counter, prescription or any other natural or herbal supplements before getting
prescribed for Provigil, in order to avert any possible drug interactions. Check
the labels on the medicines if they contain certain ingredients that could affect
or increase your blood pressure or heart rate. Caffeine has the capability to
interact with this medicine as it can cause certain side effects.