Nuvigil Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects

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Nuvigil carries a low chance of addiction, which can lead to misuse of the prescription for recreational purposes. Some of the signs that Nuvigil is being misused are trouble sleeping, restlessness, confusion, disorientation, feeling excited, mania, hallucinations, nausea, diarrhea, severely increased or decreased heartbeat, chest pain and increased blood pressure.

Stopping the use of armodafinil can lead to withdrawal symptoms, so if you are planning to stop taking Nuvigil, work with your doctor so you can do so safely.

Nuvigil Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects
Nuvigil is the brand name for the generic prescription drug armodafinil. This medicine is used to treat narcolepsy and other similar sleep disorders. Armodafinil is a mirror image compound of the prescription Provigil (modafinil), and it’s unclear exactly how Nuvigil works in the body. It’s thought, however, that Nuvigil works by affecting the wake/sleep cycle and circadian rhythms, which determine when you sleep and when you are awake.

Nuvigil 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 medication’s primary intent.

Armodafinil is taken orally in the morning and, as with other prescriptions, carries with it a risk of side effects. Nuvigil may decrease the effectiveness of your birth control, so while taking this prescription, plan for other means of birth control.

Possible common side effects associated with the use of armodafinil include:

  • Headahce
  • Neausea
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty sleeping

Serious side effects are rare but can include 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.

Nuvigil is listed in the United States as a schedule IV controlled substance, which means it has a low possibility of becoming an addictive substance. Although the chance is low for addiction, it is possible to develop a physical dependence.

Indications that you may have overdosed on armodafinil include the side effects listed above. Be aware of the signs of overdose and get help right away if you experience any of the symptoms. There is no current antidote for an overdose of Nuvigil, but you should be monitored in a hospital setting. This monitoring should include cardiovascular.

Nuvigil may adversely react to street drugs, such as methamphetamine and ecstasy. Tell your doctor if you are taking any medications while on armodafinil, including prescription and non-prescription.

If you feel you or a loved one is misusing Nuvigil or have any problems with street drugs, don’t wait to get help. Go online to or call 24/7 to our toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825 to learn more about the road to recovery. We can help you overcome your addiction today.

Nuvigil Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects
Although there are no definitive answers as to the long-term effects related to the use of armodafinil, there are some theories based on other prescriptions with similar effects. The theory is that long-term use of Nuvigil could permanently disrupt your sleep cycle, which could lead to non-restful sleep long-term. There’s also a concern that long-term use could affect your memory.

If you have any concerns or questions about the long-term effects that Nuvigil may have on you, consult your doctor.

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