Common Nuvigil side effects may include back pain or back stiffness/soreness, diarrhea, stomach upset, dizziness, headache, anxiety or nervousness, runny nose, and sleep disturbances that may include insomnia or excessive sleep.
More severe, but rare, side effects may include skin rash or skin irritation, hives, itching, difficulty breathing or swallowing, tightness in the chest, irregular heartbeat, fever, chills, anxiety, and depressed or low mood.
Other serious side effects may include possible psychotic thoughts or thoughts not based in reality, confusion, hallucinations, mouth sores, and possible swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.
Severe or unusual symptoms may be indicative of an allergic reaction, so notify your doctor right away if you experience them.
Also, keep in mind that side effects do not affect every individual taking Nuvigil. Rather, only a small percentage of those taking the medication will experience noticeable side effects.
What Is Nuvigil?
Nuvigil (Armodafinil) is a prescription medication used to treat narcolepsy and shift work sleep disorders for folks who work at night or work rotating shifts. It is also used in combination with breathing devices to treat sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. It works on the chemicals in the brain that control alertness and wakefulness.
Indications of potential overdose may include insomnia, mood changes, agitation, restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, tremors, chest pain, and severe diarrhea.
If you believe that you have consumed an excessive amount of Nuvigil, or you experience the above symptoms (especially if you experience serious or life-threatening symptoms), you should visit the nearest hospital emergency room.
The Emergency Room doctors can monitor and stabilize your symptoms until you are ready to be discharged.
In order to avoid any potential adverse physical reactions or medical emergences, only take Nuvigil as recommended under the supervisions of your prescribed doctor. It is essential to follow the prescription exactly as directed.
You should never skip a dose, take a double dose to make up for a missed dose, or quit cold turkey.
Since Nuvigil is a controlled substance, you should never share your medication with others, and never take any prescription medication that was not prescribed for you.
Report any side effects to your doctor. If you experience any serious side effects please seek emergency medical attention at the nearest hospital emergency where they can help stabilize your symptoms. Upon discharge it is important to follow up with your prescribing doctor right away and inform them of your situation.