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Modafinil for Sleeping

Modafinil is most commonly used to encourage patients to stay awake if they feel intense sleepiness during daytime or due to some sleeping problems. It also helps people to stay awake during work shifts if their work schedule coincides with the normal sleeping time. However, this medicine is not supposed to cure sleeping problems or help you get rid of sleepiness caused by reasons other than those listed above. It should not be used by those who do not suffer from sleep disorders. This medicine works by changing the structure of neurotransmitters in the brain, which results in a feeling of wakefulness. It can be used to manage excess sleepiness in patients suffering from narcolepsy or sleep apnea among other sleep disorders.

Warnings

Do not take Modafinil if you find yourself allergic to any of its components including armodafinil or modafinil. Modafinil may provoke serious skin reactions that may even require hospitalization. Discontinue using this drug and seek medical attention right away if you have such symptoms as difficulty breathing or swallowing, signs of fever, swelling of legs as well as changing of the urine color and swelling of the face among others. Make sure you inform your medical adviser if you have ever had such problems as the ones listed further:

Modafinil influences the functioning of the central nervous system. This medicine may cause thinking problems or provoke the inability to stay alert. Be cautious if you drive or require doing anything dangerous and risky. Avoid such activities until you know for sure what effects this medicine may produce in your case. Modafinil should not be taken during pregnancy or lactation. People under the age of 17 should not take this drug.

Side Effects

Modafinil may provoke minor and major side effects that may sometimes be severe leading to serious health consequences. Tell your medical adviser if you have the following signs:

Tell your doctor if you take any other medicines for different reasons to make sure it is entirely safe to use this medicine in your case. Certain combinations of drugs may provoke unwanted health outcomes. Avoid combining Modafinil with the following medications:

Recommendations for Use

Follow all the directions provided by your physician regarding the dosing schedule and duration of treatment. Modafinil may provoke addictive behavior. As such, you should not share your tablets with other people, particularly those who have a record of drug abuse. The recommended dose is 200 mg taken orally once a day. Modafinil is generally taken in the morning or an hour before your work shift starts to prevent excessive sleepiness.