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Modafinil

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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Provigil®
    • Canadian Brand Names: Alertec®;Apo-Modafinil®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Modiodal
    • Pharmacologic Category: Stimulant

    Uses
    • This medicine is used to treat sleep apnea.
    • This medicine is used to treat narcolepsy.
    • This medicine is used to treat shift work sleep disorders.
    • Modafinil stimulates the brain in adults to increase alertness.
    • It stimulates the brain to increase rate of breathing.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Shift work sleep disorder: Take 1 hour before the start of work.
    • Narcolepsy: Take this medicine in the morning.
    • Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
    • If it is near bedtime, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
    • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
    • Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to modafinil, armodafinil, or any other part of this medicine.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

    Precautions

    • This medicine may be habit-forming with long-term use.
    • You may have certain heart tests before starting this medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you abuse drugs, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have heart disease, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have mental illness, talk with healthcare provider.
    • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
    • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
    • Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor).
    • Limit caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate intake. Use with this medicine may cause nervousness, shakiness, and fast heartbeat.
    • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or activities until you see how this medicine affects you.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Birth control pills and other hormone-based birth control may not work to prevent pregnancy. Use another form of birth control while taking this medicine and for 1 month after treatment ends.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Nervous and excitable.
    • Headache.
    • Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Diarrhea.
    • Inability to sleep.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or lying position. Be careful climbing.
    • Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Severe allergic reactions can rarely occur.

    Monitoring

    • Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.
    • Follow up with healthcare provider.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
    • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Chest pain or pressure or fast heartbeat.
    • Difficulty breathing.
    • Signs or symptoms of depression, suicidal thoughts, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, abnormal thinking, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
    • Severe dizziness or passing out.
    • Significant change in thinking clearly and logically.
    • Very nervous and excitable.
    • Severe headache.
    • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
    • Any rash.
    • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
    • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
    • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
    • Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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