Modafinil is a medication shown to relieve extreme sleepiness in people who have been diagnosed with sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea and shift work sleep disorder. Modafinil is effective due to its ability to interact with the sleep-wake cycle. Although it helps most patients, taking Modafinil will not cure your sleep disorder or completely get rid of your sleepiness. Do not take Modafinil if you have not been diagnosed with a sleep disorder or as a replacement for sleep.
Just like taking any other medication, using Modafinil may come with certain side effects. Common side effects of Modafinil use are nausea, headache, nervousness, dizziness and difficulty sleeping. Tell your doctor if these common Modafinil side effects get worse or persist over time. More serious side effects of Modafinil use are a fast or irregular heartbeat, agitation, confusion, depression, hallucination and thoughts of suicide. Though many patients do not experience serious Modafinil side effects, it is important to tell your doctor right away if you begin to experience the aforementioned symptoms. Get medical help immediately if you begin to feel chest pain after taking Modafinil.
Modafinil treatment must be stopped if you want to detox from the medication. Consult your doctor before adjusting your Modafinil treatment and dosage, as this should never be done without your doctor’s supervision. If you are no longer interested in taking Modafinil, your doctor will typically taper off your Modafinil dose over time to give your body enough time to adjust to less of the medication.
Although many people do not report severe withdrawal symptoms from stopping their Modafinil treatment, there is still the possibility you will experience some symptoms after you stop taking Modafinil. Most patients notice they are more tired than usual after they stop their Modafinil treatment. Other possible but uncommon Modafinil withdrawal symptoms are poorer concentration, low energy, depression, fatigue, shortness of breath and sleepiness.
Every patient will experience Modafinil withdrawal and symptoms durations differently due to everyone’s unique physiology. Several factors play into how long Modafinil will stay in your system. These factors may include your age, metabolism, organ function, how long you have been taking Modafinil, your Modafinil dosage levels and if you chose to taper off your Modafinil dose or stop Modafinil treatment cold turkey.
If you are having a difficult time handling Modafinil withdrawal symptoms, it may be necessary to seek a medically assisted detoxification program. In this type of program, patients who are looking to get off Modafinil can access medical professionals who can answer any questions they may have about their withdrawal symptoms. Patients will also learn how to cope with their unique Modafinil withdrawal struggles in this type of program. Remember, everyone experiences Modafinil withdrawal differently, so do not be afraid to seek a medically assisted detoxification program if necessary.
It is important to keep a list of all your current medications, as well as any over the counter drugs or herbal products you take, as these drugs may interact with Modafinil. Some examples of drugs that interact with Modafinil are street drugs like methamphetamine and MDMA, also known as ecstasy. Other products like cough-and-cold medications and diet aids may raise your heart rate or blood pressure if you take them during your Modafinil treatment. Ingesting large amounts of caffeine has been shown to increase Modafinil side effects, so it is recommended Modafinil patients avoid drinking large amounts of tea, soda and coffee.
If you are a female Modafinil patient, you need to be aware Modafinil may decrease the effectiveness of any hormonal birth control products you use such as pills, patches or rings. You may want to talk with your doctor to discuss other birth control methods while you are using Modafinil to treat your sleep disorder. Experiencing spotting or breakthrough bleeding while you are taking Modafinil may be a sign that your birth control is not working properly.
Finding a Modafinil center to fit your unique needs is an important step in living a happier, substance-free life. Talk to your doctor about what you should consider in a Modafinil center to make an informed decision.
If you or someone you know is suffering from Modafinil addiction or any other substance use disorder, contact us online or call our toll-free hotline, which is open 24 hours a day, at 888-328-0742 to learn more about the resources and programs The Recovery Village has to offer.
Modafinil Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects
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