Modafinil Review

By Dr. Kensington

Modafinil is a prescription medication used to treat Narcolepsy, work shift sleep disorders, sleep apnea, and increasingly Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).

It is used to increase wakefulness and attention, and works on the areas of the brain that control sleep and wakefulness.

Since it boost attention and alertness, it may be of use to those who suffer from ADHD.

Note: This medication is not currently recommended for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, only adults.


The typical starting recommended dose is 200 mg given once a day. The maximum dose is 400 mg, but this is rare. If you miss a dose, wait until it is time for the next one before taking another. Never double up doses.

It comes in tablet form and is taken orally, typically once daily. It can be taken with or without food. It is recommended to be taken the same time every day, and taken one hour before beginning work activities.

Side Effects

Side effects may include lightheadedness, heachache, dizziness, sleepiness, sleep disturbance, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, loss of appetite, dry mouth, and muscle pain.

More serious side effects may include rash, hives, itching, peeling skin, mouth sores, irregular heart rate, difficulty breathing or swallowing, anxious thoughts, hallucinations, and swelling of various body parts such as the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs.

These more serious side effects may be an indication of an allergic reaction. If you experience debilitating side effects visit the hospital ER and report them to your treating doctor immediately.

Overdose Symptoms


Symptoms of overdose may include sleep disturbances such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, agitation, restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, tremors, chest pain or tightness, and severe diarrhea. Report to the hospital immediately if you suspect an overdose.

Modafinil Withdrawal Symptoms

This medication is generally thought of has having fewer withdrawal symptoms than other similar drugs. However, in some folks abruptly stopping this medication may result in excessive sleepiness and fatigue.

Helpful Tips

It is important to keep in contact with your treating doctor. Maintain all medication monitoring appointments with your doctor to monitor progress and report any questions or concerns. Do not share or sell your medication, and always take it as prescribed. Since this medication is a stimulant, it may be habit forming. As a result, only take it as directed under the care of a doctor.

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