Provigil Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects

The use of dopamine reuptake inhibitors has been shown to make people more susceptible to addictive behaviors, although Provigil is thought to have a low potential for misuse. Studies have shown that misuse of modafinil can lead to agitation, insomnia, anxiety, irritability, aggressiveness, confusion, nervousness, tremor, palpitations, sleep disturbances, nausea and diarrhea.

No overdoses of Provigil alone have been reported.

Due to the low possibility of misusing Provigil, it’s listed as a schedule IV controlled substance and restricted in availability and usage, meaning it can only be prescribed by a qualified doctor who has determined that modafinil is the best medication to treat your condition.

Provigil Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects

Provigil is the brand name for the generic prescription modafinil. It’s a eugeroic prescribed to treat narcolepsy and other sleep disorders. The drug is known as a dopamine reuptake inhibitor, which blocks the action of dopamine in your body by stimulating the release of orexin neuropeptides and histamine in your body.

Provigil doesn’t cure your sleep disorder, but it helps the brain manage the sleep/wake cycle. The medication is taken orally in the morning and, as with other prescriptions, carries with it a risk of side effects.

An off-label use for modafinil is for ADHD and to enhance learning abilities, although that’s not the primary intent of the prescription.

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

  1. Headache
  2. Nausea
  3. Nervousness
  4. Dizziness
  5. Difficulty sleeping

Serious side effects are rare but may occur, such as fast/pounding heartbeat, irregular heartbeat or mental changes. Contact your doctor right away if you experience any side effects at all, so you can decide together if modafinil is the right medication choice for your condition.

Provigil Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects
There are no definitive answers as to the long-term effects related to the use of modafinil; however, there are some theories based on other prescriptions with similar effects. It’s theorized that long-term use of Provigil could permanently disrupt your sleep cycle because it’s artificially regulating when you sleep instead of letting your body sleep when it wants to. This could lead to non-restful sleep long term. Also, there’s a concern that long-term use could affect memory in the same way as nicotine.

If you’re concerned about the long-term effects, Provigil may have on your body or mind, talk to your doctor. He or she will help you decide if this is the right medication for you and you can decide together the length of time to take it, if at all.


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