What is provigil?
The active ingredient in provigil is modafinil.
Modafinil can be taken by adults who suffer from narcolepsy to help them to stay awake.
Narcolepsy is a condition that causes excessive daytime sleepiness and a tendency to fall asleep suddenly in inappropriate situations (sleep attacks). Provigil may improve your narcolepsy and reduce the likelihood that you will have sleep attacks but there may still be other ways that you can improve your condition and your doctor will advise you.
How Does Provigil Work?
Provigil is a type of medicine known as a CNS stimulant. It works by stimulating areas of the brain that regulate the patterns of being awake and sleeping. It works by stimulating activity within the brain and spinal cord.
Modafinil improves wakefulness however the exact mechanism is not yet fully understood, but it is believed to have an effect on several neurotransmitter systems in the brain. It mainly affects areas of the brain that control sleep, wake and alertness.
Modafinil appears to work differently compared to other CNS stimulants, such as the amphetamine type medication that can be used to treat narcolepsy. This difference reduces modafinil’s potential risk for abuse and dependence, though there may still be a risk of this if modafinil is used long-term.
It is a narcolepsy medication that promotes wakefulness. They may be abused and used as “smart drugs” or “nootropics”, they should only be used as a narcolepsy medicine. Brands of modafinil include Modalert and provigil. Modafinil does not cure narcolepsy, it only treats the symptoms of daytime sleepiness.
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How to take provigil
For Adults the recommended dose is 200 mg a day. This can be taken once
daily (in the morning) or divided into two doses a day (100 mg in the morning and 100 mg at midday).
Modafinil pills should be taken day orally with or without food.
If you use Modafinil for the treatment of shift work disorder, then you better take it an hour before you start your shift. Better to take it at the same time, if possible, and only change that after consulting your doctor.
Modafinil does not cure narcolepsy but treats the symptoms such as reduce sleepiness. Therefore you need to continue taking Modafinil even if you feel rested.
Further information and help can be sought from narcolepsy uk or the nhs website
Narcolepsy is a rare long-term brain condition that causes a person to suddenly fall asleep at inappropriate times.
The brain is unable to regulate sleeping and waking patterns normally, which can result in:
excessive daytime sleepiness – feeling very drowsy throughout the day and finding it difficult to concentrate and stay awake
sleep attacks – falling asleep suddenly and without warning
cataplexy – temporary loss of muscle control resulting in weakness and possible collapse, often in response to emotions such as laughter and anger
sleep paralysis – a temporary inability to move or speak when waking up or falling asleep
excessive dreaming and waking in the night – dreams often come as you fall asleep (hypnogogic hallucinations) or just before or during waking (hypnopompic hallucinations)
Narcolepsy does not cause serious or long-term physical health problems, but it can have a significant impact on daily life and be difficult to cope with emotionally.
What causes narcolepsy
Narcolepsy is often caused by a lack of the brain chemical hypocretin (also known as orexin), which regulates wakefulness.
The lack of hypocretin is thought to be caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking the cells that produce it or the receptors that allow it to work.
But this does not explain all cases of narcolepsy, and the exact cause of the problem is often unclear.
Things that have been suggested as possible triggers of narcolepsy include:
hormonal changes, which can occur during puberty or the menopause
major psychological stress
an infection, such as swine flu, or the medicine used to vaccinate against it (Pandemrix)
Narcolepsy is a fairly rare condition. It’s difficult to know exactly how many people have narcolepsy because many cases are thought to go unreported.
But it’s estimated to affect about 30,000 people in the UK.
Men and women are thought to be affected equally by narcolepsy, although some studies have suggested the condition may be more common in men.
The symptoms of narcolepsy often begin during adolescence, although it’s usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40.
See a GP if you think you may have narcolepsy. They may ask about your sleeping habits and any other symptoms you have.
They may also carry out tests to help rule out other conditions that could be causing your excessive daytime sleepiness, such as sleep apnoea, restless legs in bed and kicking during sleep, or an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).
If necessary, you’ll be referred to a specialist in sleep disorders, who’ll analyse your sleep patterns.
This will usually involve staying overnight in a specialist sleep centre so various aspects of your sleep can be monitored.
Find out more about diagnosing narcolepsy
There’s currently no cure for narcolepsy, but making changes to improve your sleeping habits and taking medicine can help minimise the impact the condition has on your daily life.
Taking frequent, brief naps evenly spaced throughout the day is one of the best ways to manage excessive daytime drowsiness.
This may be difficult when you’re at work or school, but your GP or specialist may be able to devise a sleep schedule that will help you get into a routine of taking naps.
Keeping to a strict bedtime routine can also help, so you should go to bed at the same time each night whenever possible.
If your symptoms are particularly troublesome, you may be prescribed medicine that can help reduce daytime sleepiness, prevent cataplexy attacks and improve your sleep at night.
These medicines are usually taken as daily tablets, capsules or drinkable solutions.
Find out more about treating narcolepsy
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.
Stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor straight away if:
• You have sudden difficulty breathing or wheeziness or your face, mouth or throat begins to swell.
• You notice a skin rash or itching (especially if it affects your whole body). Severe rashes may cause blistering or peeling of the skin, ulcers in your mouth, eyes, nose or genitals.
You may also have a high temperature (fever) and abnormal
blood test results.
• You feel any change in your mental health and wellbeing. The
signs may include:
– mood swings or abnormal thinking,
– aggression or hostility,
– forgetfulness or confusion,
– feeling of extreme happiness,
– over-excitement or hyperactivity,
– anxiety or nervousness,
– depression, suicidal thoughts or behaviour,
– agitation or psychosis (a loss of contact with reality which
may include delusions or sensing things that are not real),
feeling detached or numb, or personality disorder.
Other side effects include the following:
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
• Sleepiness, extreme tiredness or difficulty sleeping (insomnia).
• Awareness of your heart beat, which may be faster than
• Chest pain
• Dry mouth.
• Loss of appetite, feeling sick, stomach pain, indigestion,
diarrhoea or constipation.
• Numbness or tingling of the hands or feet (‘pins and needles’).
• Blurred vision.
• Abnormal blood test results showing how your liver is working
(increased liver enzymes).
For a complete list of side effects please see Modafnil patient information leaflet