Nuvigil is a prescription medication that is used to enhance wakefulness and alertness.
It is used to treat the symptoms of narcolepsy, work shift sleep disorder, sleep apnea, and is increasingly being utilized to treat other conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
It is thought to work by interacting with the neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible for controlling sleep and wakefulness.
It comes in a tablet and is taken by mouth usually once in the morning or one hour prior to the start of one's work shift. It can be taken with or without food. It should be taken at the same time every day.
The typical recommended dose is 200 mg given once a day to a max of 400 mg daily. However, 400 mg daily is rare and studies show that there is little additional benefit to exceeding 200 mg daily.
If you miss a dose, wait until it is time for the next one before taking it again. Never double up doses. Currently it is only recommended for adults, not children.
Side effects may include headache, dizziness, insomnia, drowsiness, sleep disturbance, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, loss of appetite, dry mouth, and muscle pain.
More serious side effects may include skin rash or irritation, hives, itching, peeling skin, mouth sores, irregular heart rate, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and swelling of various body parts such as the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs. In addition, anxious thoughts and hallucinations may occur in some folks who take this medication.
These more serious side effects may be an indication of an allergic reaction.
As a result, seek emergency medical attention if you experience any serious side effects and report them to your treating doctor immediately.
Signs Of Overdose
Symptoms of overdose may include difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, agitation, restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, tremors, chest pain, severe chest pain, and severe diarrhea. Report to the hospital immediately if you suspect an overdose.
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.
Keep regular medication monitoring appointments with your doctor. This enables them to monitor your individual progress and is your opportunity to report any questions or concerns.
This medication is intended to be taken under the
supervision of a medical professional. Therefore do not share or sell
your medication, and always take it as prescribed. As a stimulant, it
may be habit forming, so only take it as directed.