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(also known as Modafinil, Allertec)

Modafinil is used to help people who have narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea/hyponea, or shift work sleep disorder to stay awake during the day. Modafinil does not cure these conditions and will only work as long as you continue to take it.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

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Treatment Success Rate

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Overall, 79% (1523 Members) find Provigil helpful

Provigil Reviews

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Working / Worked
Couldn't tolerate the side effects. Kept me alert for 20 hours at a time even in the smallest dosage and then rebound narcolepsy symptoms like paralysis and caraplexy were worse.
Working / Worked
I began taking Provigil in 2007 right after my diagnosis, I cant remember the exact dosage but it worked for a while but would still have sleep attacks. I quit taking Provigil in 2008 to try to get pregnant and then started it again in 2010 after my son was born and nursing for 13 months. I started Provigil again for a few weeks but then my doctor decided to switch my to Nuvigil and have been taking it ever since.
Working / Worked
Works, requires a little management to get the best out of it, still require short naps...
Working / Worked
Took a few times. Helped when needed but wouldn't use everyday.
Working / Worked
Although I'm still tired, I haven't struggled with EDS or other symptoms since
Working / Worked
Helps with fatigue but I still get pretty tired.
Working / Worked
keeps me alert
Working / Worked
This medication made me feel VERY nervous and shaky and made my tremor much worse. I quit taking it.
Working / Worked
Only tried a week and it worked well. My insurance wouldn't cover it.
Working / Worked
Fatigue is becoming my biggest obstacle.
I'm up to the max. dosage 400mg. I'm able to complete tasks in the morning. But by 1:00pm I have to lie down.
Frustrating emotionally because people perceive all my naps as laziness.
'Ahh ignorance is bliss'
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  1. Discussion: Modafinil/ Provigil/ Nuvigil
    I also started modafanil and struggled with the rushes and appetite.. It does go away!! [More]
  2. Discussion: Provigil
    The only possibly promising med i can find. PROVIGIL is a prescription medicine used to improve wakefulness in adults who experience excessive slee... [More]
  3. Discussion: Modafinil/ Provigil/ Nuvigil
    I started taking modafinil a few days ago. It has definitely increased my alertness but I feel like I have a content rush of adrenalin and it seems li... [More]
  4. Discussion: Modafinil
    Nausea is one of the side effects. I take mine on a full stomach in the morning with breakfast and had to cut it in half in order not to feel nauseou... [More]
  5. Discussion: Modafinil
    I take it. It used to be marketed under the name Provigil. What is your dosage? You may need to play with the dosage for a while until your body ge... [More]