Nuvigil Mixing It With Alcohol

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Doctors generally do not advise mixing alcohol with prescription drugs. Nuvigil does not reach its half-life until around 15 hours, so you will feel stronger effects when it is mixed with alcohol within this time frame. In most cases, Nuvigil heightens the level of side effects associated with alcohol and has been reported to lower alcohol tolerance. Not only can this produce unpleasant side effects, but it can also lead to blackouts if you consume too much alcohol at a given time. You should always consult a doctor before mixing alcohol with any prescription medications.
Nuvigil Mixing It With Alcohol
Nuvigil is a medication used in the treatment of sleeping disorders. Nuvigil contains a drug called armodafinil, which works by interacting with certain chemicals in the brain that regulate sleep and wake cycles. Taking Nuvigil increases focus and attention, though it does come with a few negative side effects.

Common Nuvigil side effects include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Anixety
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Upset stomach
  • Headaches

Other serious side effects may occur when taking Nuvigil. This includes flu-like symptoms (headaches, fever, vomiting), bruising, skin rashes, stomach issues, depression, hallucinations, behavioral changes and heart problems. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these serious side effects. Other drugs to avoid while using Nuvigil include St. John’s Wort, antidepressants, barbiturates, sedatives, seizure medications, cyclosporine, propranolol, omeprazole and rifabutin.

It is not recommended to mix alcohol and Nuvigil. Mixing the two substances can enhance the side effects of alcohol, which can lead to a dangerous situation. The body naturally builds up a tolerance to alcohol over time, but medications like Nuvigil can lower this tolerance. Because of the lower tolerance, it can be dangerous mixing Nuvigil and alcohol, especially if you have been taking Nuvigil for a long time and are on a high daily dose. These side effects can be lessened if you wait at least 15 hours to consume alcohol after your last Nuvigil dose. Always avoid driving or undertaking dangerous tasks until you know how your body will react to mixing alcohol and Nuvigil.
Nuvigil Mixing It With Alcohol
Mixing alcohol and Nuvigil is not advised and can lead to adverse side effects if not done properly. Nuvigil tends to heighten the intensity of alcohol symptoms (including drowsiness, upset stomach, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision and blackouts) and lower the body’s tolerance level. If you are planning on mixing the two substances, avoid consuming alcohol for at least 15 hours after taking Nuvigil as this will help alleviate some of the side effects. Always consult your doctor before you decide to mix Nuvigil with alcohol.

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