modafinil, Provigil (cont.)

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Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

The effect of alcohol on modafinil has not been adequately evaluated. Alcohol probably should be avoided while taking modafinil.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies that assess effects of modafinil in pregnant women. Intrauterine growth retardation and spontaneous abortion have been reported.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known if modafinil is excreted in breast milk.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of modafinil are headache, upper respiratory tract infection, nausea, nervousness, anxiety, and insomnia. Modafinil also may cause serious skin reactions, multiple organ hypersensitivity reactions, high blood pressure, fainting, psychosis, thoughts of suicide, and abnormal heart beats.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information


Last Editorial Review: 2/15/2012



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