Modafinil is sold with the brand name of Provigil and is used as a sleeping pill. It helps in treating sleeplessness caused by narcolepsy; sleeplessness caused due to extra load of work, or obstructive sleep apnea. It also helps in keeping you sane during your working hours and helps you to have a regular sleep routine, away from shift work disorder.
This medication does not cure these sleep disorders, and you may not get rid of all your sleepiness. However, Modafinil cannot help you to get enough sleep, which a body requires. People who do not have a sleep disorder or want to finish their tiredness should not use it.
It is still unknown how Modafinil works in keeping you awake. It affects certain substances in your brain that control sleep or your wake cycle.
How is Modafinil used?
Before you start taking medicine or each time you get a refill, do read the medication guide provided by your doctor or the pharmacist. In case of any confusion or questions, consult your doctor or the pharmacist.
However, it is prescribed in three different ways according to the situation you are in.
- Narcolepsy: take this medication by mouth. It does not matter if you are on an empty stomach. Take one daily, according to the indications and instructions of the doctor or the pharmacist. However, the dose can be divided into two portions, i.e., morning dose and noon dose, but only if the doctor suggests so.
- Obstructive sleep apnea: take this medication by mouth. It does not matter if you are on an empty stomach. Take one daily, according to the indications and instructions of the doctor or the pharmacist. Do not stop the treatment on your own and wait for the doctor or the pharmacist to suggest to you.
- Work sleep disorder: take this medication by mouth. It does not matter if you are on an empty stomach. Take one daily, almost an hour ago, before you start your shift or go on your work.
The doctor prescribes this medicine after looking upon the different factors. Factors may be your age, medical condition, your energy level, and your response to the treatment.
A sudden stop without the suggestion of the doctor may cause side effects like withdrawal.
What is withdrawal?
Withdrawal is a state in which:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Urge to kill yourself
To prevent this situation, your doctor will start lowering your dose systematically. However, a withdrawal state can only occur if you have used this medicine for a longer time or at a high treatment. If you face such a symptom, inform your doctor or the pharmacist right away.
Over dosage of anything stops showing positive results; therefore, you need to talk to your doctor once you feel betterment.
Modafinil is a sleeping pill, and a person can easily get addicted to it.