GENERIC NAME: modafinil
BRAND NAME: Provigil
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
USES: Modafinil is used to promote wakefulness in patients with excessive sleepiness associated with narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea (in addition to treatment of the underlying obstruction), and shift work sleep disorder. Narcolepsy is a chronic disease of the brain and spinal cord characterized most commonly by a recurrent, uncontrollable desire to sleep. Shift work sleep disorder is a condition in which the normal rhythm of sleep is disturbed, often as a result of working at night. Sleep apnea is a condition where sleep is constantly interrupted at night because of pauses in breathing or shallow breathing usually due to obstruction of the upper airway.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of modafinil include:
MORE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS:
- serious skin reactions,
- multiple organ hypersensitivity reactions,
- high blood pressure,
- thoughts of suicide, and
- abnormal heart beats.
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