What is Modavigil (Modafinil) used for?
Modavigil (Modafinil) is an oral medication prescribed to improve wakefulness in patients suffering from narcolepsy, sleep apnoea, or shirt work sleep disorder. It operates by altering chemicals within the brain to increase alertness and wakefulness. Your doctor may also prescribe its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Modavigil (Modafinil)?
Modavigil (Modafinil) is normally administered once each day, but your individual instructions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full glass of water and may be taken with or without food, but a snack or meal is suggested before use if you experience nausea. Do not change the form of the tablets by splitting or crushing them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Modavigil (Modafinil)?
Modavigil (Modafinil) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Stop using the medication and contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any intense or worrying symptoms including depression, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, sores appearing in or around the mouth, sensitive skin, easier bruising, fever, flu symptoms, or hallucinations. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent more health problems from occurring.
Modavigil (Modafinil) should not be used by patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, children, or who have a heart valve disorder, uncontrolled hypertension, arrhythmias, or an enlargement of a chamber in the heart. Also inform your doctor if you have a history of mental illness, a history of substance abuse, hypertension, heart disease, severe anxiety, kidney failure, or liver failure. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems during treatment requiring adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Modavigil (Modafinil) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Modavigil (Modafinil) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.