armodafinil (Nuvigil)

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GENERIC NAME: armodafinil

BRAND NAME: Nuvigil

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Armodafinil is an oral drug that is used to promote wakefulness. It is similar to modafinil (Provigil). Like amphetamines, armodafinil promotes wakefulness by stimuatIng the brain; however, the exact mechanism of action of armodafinil is unknown. Armodafinil may work by increasing the amount of dopamine (a chemical neurotransmitter that nerves use to communicate with each other) in the brain by reducing the reuptake of dopamine into nerves. The FDA approved armodafinil in June 2007.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Armodafinil is prescribed for improving wakefulness associated with obstructive sleep apnea/hypoapnea syndrome, narcolepsy, and shift work sleep disorder.

SIDE EFFECTS: Headache is the most common side effect of armodafinil. Other side effects include:

Rare side effects include angioedema, difficulty swallowing, bronchospasms, and reversible psychosis.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/28/2015

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