Mixing Armodafinil with Alcohol
If you’re considering starting armodafinil, be sure to discuss your full medical history with your medical provider. If you take any other prescription or over-the-counter medications regularly, these should be communicated to your doctor before starting an armodafinil regime. Additionally, discuss any recreational alcohol and drug activities you participate in so that your doctor can talk to you about possible interactions with armodafinil.
In the following, we will review armodafinil, what it is, how it works and if it has any interaction with drugs and alcohol.
Armodafinil is taken by mouth, typically once daily, and in the morning. If you work at night and need to be awake during late hours, you will likely be instructed to take it one hour before your shift. This is not a cure for sleep disorders but, instead, affects substances in the brain to change your sleep/wake cycle.
The common side effects of armodafinil are dry mouth, headache and nausea. If at any point, you feel these side effects have become worse, consult your medical provider.
This prescription medication can be addictive, and people who use it are encouraged to take it only as directed. Taking armodafinil more than directed can increase your risk for addiction. If you notice symptoms of withdrawal, such as sweating, chills and nausea, it may be a sign that your body is becoming dependent on the drug.
Armodafinil is addictive and affects your brain’s chemistry. Alcohol also affects the brain’s chemistry. Armodafinil and alcohol should not mix. While armodafinil tries to make a patient more alert, alcohol causes drowsiness, negating the effectiveness of the drug. Combining armodafinil with other mind-altering substances can cause severe confusion, vomiting, blackouts and lack of coordination. If you think you may be experiencing a drug interaction, seek medical attention right away.
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