Is there a generic form of Provigil?
Yes, Par Pharmaceuticals makes and sells generic modafinil.
Cephalon also sells a drug under the brand name Nuvigil, which is also modafinil.
What are the available dosages for Provigil?
Provigil is available in 100 milligram and 200 milligram dosages. The recommended dosage is 200 milligrams per day taken as a single dose in the morning. Patients with shift work sleep disorder usually take Provigil about 1 hour before their work shift. Elderly patients and those with liver problems should take a reduced dosage.
How should I take Provigil?
Take Provigil with a full glass of water. It can be taken with or without food. Food does not reduce the effectiveness of Provigil; however, it will delay the absorption of the drug in the digestive system.
How should I store Provigil?
Provigil should be stored in the container it came in, tightly closed and out of the reach of children. It should be kept at room temperature in a place not exposed to excessive heat or moisture.
What if I miss a dose of Provigil?
Take it as soon as your remember. If you don’t remember to take it until the next day, skip the dose you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose.
Can children take Provigil?
No, the drug has not been approved by the United States FDA or the Canadian authorities for pediatric use. Consult your doctor.
Can I take Provigil if I’m on hormonal birth controls?
Yes, but Provigil can interact with hormonal birth control (contraceptives). Women who use hormonal contraceptives may have a higher chance of getting pregnant while taking Provigil and for one month after discontinuing the use of Provigil. Women should talk to their doctor about which contraceptive methods to use while taking Provigil.
Can I take Provigil if I’m pregnant or nursing?
The active ingredient in Provigil, modafinil, is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether it will be harmful to an unborn baby. There are no adequate studies that assess effects of Provigil in pregnant women or nursing mothers. If you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or are currently breast-feeding, you should talk to your doctor before taking Provigil.
Can I drink alcohol if I’m taking Provigil?
The use of Provigil in combination with alcohol has not been studied. People taking Provigil should avoid alcohol until the matter has been thoroughly studied.
Can I take Provigil if I’m a professional athlete?
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) included modafinil on its List of Prohibited Substances and Methods. Olympic athletes as well as professional athletes participating in other sporting events around the world may be disciplined if they test positive for modafinil. Several world-class athletes have got in trouble after testing positive for modafinil.
Will taking Provigil affect my ability to fall asleep at night or interrupt my sleep?
Provigil has a 15-hour half life (the amount of time before half of the drug’s peak plasma levels are eliminated by the body), meaning that if you take a single pill in the morning the drug will probably have little effect on your night-time sleep.
Remember: your body and brain need sleep! Provigil can be abused, like any drug, and if you take it too often you could not get enough sleep. Stay within the recommended dosages and get regular sleep.
Can I become addicted to Provigil?
Provigil is a Schedule IV controlled substance. This means that Provigil may be a target for people who abuse medicines or street drugs. However, certain chemical properties of modafinil, the active ingredient in Provigil, reduce its potential for abuse. Because the drug is insoluble in water, it cannot be readily injected. Also, it degrades with heating, which severally hampers its effectiveness if smoked. There has been some finding that modafinil affects dopamine in the brain, which raises a flag that it might be addictive.
Keep your Provigil in a safe place to reduce the risk of someone else getting ahold of it. Giving Provigil to anyone who doesn't have a prescription for it is against the law.
Can I overdose on Provigil?
You can potentially overdose on any drug. Patients should always adhere to the dosage schedule prescribed by their doctor. In the case of accidental overdosage, the risk of potentially dangerous or life-threatening effects is minimal.
Symptoms of an overdose might include the following:
- Sleep disturbances
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, seek medical attention.
Will I experience symptoms of withdrawal if I stop taking Provigil?
It is unlikely. If you suffer from narcolepsy, you will begin to feel sleepy again, but this does not constitute clinical withdrawal.