This medication is taken orally in the morning and, as with other prescriptions, carries a risk of side effects.
Common side effects associated with the use of armodafinil include:
- Mood swings
- Difficulty sleeping
Serious side effects are rare but possible, such as fast/pounding heartbeat, irregular heartbeat or mental changes. Contact your doctor right away if you experience any side effects, so you can decide together if Nuvigil is the right medication choice for your condition.
Armodafinil is also commonly prescribed off-label to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), chronic fatigue syndrome and major depressive disorder, although these aren’t the prescription’s primary intent.
If your doctor has prescribed armodafinil for sleep apnea, continue to use your other treatments (like your CPAP machine) at the same time. Any questions about your treatments should be presented to your doctor. He is there to help you and ensure the best care for your condition.
Indications that you may be misusing armodafinil include the following side effects trouble sleeping, restlessness, confusion, disorientation, feeling excited, mania, hallucinations, nausea, diarrhea, severely increased or decreased heartbeat, chest pain and increased blood pressure.
The withdrawal symptoms you may experience are shaking, sweating, chills, nausea, vomiting and confusion. You have a higher chance of experiencing these symptoms the longer you’ve been taking armodafinil. Since there’s no way of knowing how your body will react to the withdrawal of this prescription, it’s best to be under medical care during this time.
As mentioned, contact The Recovery Village anytime for help. Your doctor and we can be there to provide a safe environment for you to recover.
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