Provigil is a medication used to treat the symptoms of narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and shift work sleep disturbances.
In addition, it is gaining some off-label use for those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder because it tends to enhance focus, alertness, and attention.
It works by interacting with the neurotransmitters in the brain that control sleep and wakefulness.
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 that is taken orally, typically once per day with or without food. It is typically taken one hour prior to beginning work.
It is recommended to be taken the same time every day. Provigil is not currently recommended for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, only adults.
Side effects may include headache, dizziness, drowsiness, 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.
Report all side effects to your prescribing doctor. If you experience a severe reaction or debilitating side effects visit the nearest hospital emergency room and then follow up with your prescribing doctor right away.
Overdose symptoms may include difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, agitation, restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, tremors, 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.
Maintain all medication monitoring appointments with your doctor to monitor progress and report any questions or concerns.
Do not share or sell your medication. In order to avoid an overdose or similar complications, always take this medication as prescribed under the supervision of your doctor.
Further, as a stimulant, it may be habit forming. Report any past history of substance abuse or addiction to your doctor, and be cognizant of the symptoms of substance abuse while taking this medication.