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Below are Provigil (Modafinil) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 30 ratings/reviews, Provigil has an overall score of 7.63. The effectiveness score is 7.87 and the side effect score is 8.27. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Provigil review by 38 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Fatigue from Rheumatoid Arthiritis
Dosage & duration:   200mg Qam and 100mg Qnoon prn taken once to twice a day for the period of 8 months and counting
Other conditions:   rheumatoid arthritis, MTHFR, PAI-4g, Insulin resistant
Other drugs taken:   Folbic, Effexor, Aspirin, metformin, Celebrex, hydroxycloroquin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I was able to function until later in the day, without needing a nap
Side effects:   none, but since it is a brand name drug, my copay is $50
Comments:   I was diagnosed with RA in April 07 after 2 years of different doctors. The fatigue was overwhelming. The Provigil is helping.

 

Provigil review by 44 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   fatigue
Dosage & duration:   150 mg taken 1 tablet bid for the period of asnecessary
Other conditions:   scleroderma
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The treatment definitely increased productivity for me during the day when before I had experienced far too much fatigue to work effectively or focus
Side effects:   Taking the full dose resulted in insomnia and some agitation. In addition, appetite loss, dry mouth, and some stomach upset were also experienced.
Comments:   I was originally prescribed 1 tablet bid and discovered that for me, reducing the dosage to 1/2 tablet worked much better. I am about 5'4" and weigh 140 lbs. I now use the medication only on an as needed basis rather than take it daily, which is not necessary as my energy levels vary quite a bit. It was also suggested that I try Flexoril (sp) to see if the cause for my fatigue was caused by pain or discomfort which kept me from getting adequate sleep. That was not effective unless I wanted to miss a day from even more fatigue than usual.

 

Provigil review by 41 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Narcolepsy
Dosage & duration:   400 mg. taken once daily for the period of 10 yrs.
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   Adderall XR
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   improvement in daytime wakefulness without the "peaks and valleys" previously experienced taking prescription Ritalin for this condition. There's no excessive nervousness or feeling like I'm taking speed. I just don't feel like I'm going to fall asleep.
Side effects:   None that I'm aware of. I am starting to wonder if it has effected the health of my gum tissue, but there is no documented evidence to support that.
Comments:   Once daily medication to deter excessive daytime sleepiness associated with sleep disorder Narcolepsy. Downside of it is that it is VERY expensive.

 

Provigil review by medical professional caring for 32 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Excessive fatigue
Dosage & duration:   200 mg taken daily for the period of started 2 months ago, still on it
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   As a medical professional (newly graduated medical student now in first year of residency), I am able to feel more alert and focused during the day even after having been up all night. As free time is scarce in residency, I am now able to study when I would otherwise be too exhausted to do anything.
Side effects:   I really did not have any side effects. It has been reported that headache is common, however I did not experience that at all. I did not have any problems with my sleep schedule either.
Comments:   Recommended dose is 200mg once a day, can also be taken again in the afternoon if needed.

 

Provigil review by 39 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Primary Hypersomnia
Dosage & duration:   200 mg taken 2x day for the period of 2 years
Other conditions:   Acne rosacea
Other drugs taken:   Oracea
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Increased alertness throughout the day with increased sleep quality. I still have to take naps in my car on some days, but overall this medicine is working great for me.
Side effects:   There have been no side effects to date, and have been on the medication for 2 years
Comments:   Diagnosed through sleep study with primary hypersomnia; sleep Dr. suggested Provigil instead of Ritalin. Has worked wonderfully.

 

Provigil review by 55 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Multiple Sclerosis
Dosage & duration:   400-600 mg. per day taken once a day for the period of 7 years
Other conditions:   Diabetes
Other drugs taken:   , Glucophage, Gemfibrozil, Bacflofen,Effexor
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Provigil energizes me which improves my ability to function. Without it, the fatigue I experience due to MS overwhelms me and renders me pretty much useless.
Side effects:   The only side effect is increased wakefulness at night when I'd like to go to sleep.
Comments:   The neurologist who first diagnosed the MS prescribed Provigil in 2001. At first I took only 100 milligrams per day, but have gradually increased the dose in order to get the same effect I got initially. I've asked my doctors several times if the drug is addictive, and they say it is not supposed to be.

 

Provigil review by 37 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   low energy
Dosage & duration:   100 mg taken one tablet daily for the period of 3 years
Other conditions:   depression
Other drugs taken:   wellbutrin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The medicine gave me that added energy to feel good during the day and to have the engergy to keep up with me 4 year old son and 3 year old daughter. It didn't make me jittery. It just boosted my energy. It did give me considerable dry mouth. I did notice that I would be a little more tired if I didn't take it for a couple of days. I think it is mildly addictive. Overall, I gained more benefit from it than negatives. I did worry about blood pressure because it did seem to increase my heartrate. I would recommend it to those who suffer from mild depression and/or just need a little extra energy boost. The medication is actually to treat narcolepsy, a condition in which a patient falls asleep at random times and has trouble staying awake.
Side effects:   Dry mouth, mild addictive properties, slight increase in heart rate.
Comments:   I took 1 tablet every morning. 100 mg. It was important to take it in the morning. If I took it at night, I would be up all night.

 

Provigil review by 33 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   narcalepsy
Dosage & duration:   200mg taken 1x a day for the period of everyday for 1yr
Other conditions:   acne acne acne acne
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Did keep me awake. Keep me going. No heart racing, no dizziness, no nausia. I would recommend this drug before any others. It works wonders. The acne that comes with it is bad. Very bad. New pimples pop up all the time.
Side effects:   None. Not that I can tell.
Comments:   One dose a day.

 

Provigil review by 55 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Daytime sleepiness
Dosage & duration:   100mg taken 3 per day for the period of 7 weeks
Other conditions:   Depression
Other drugs taken:   Cymbalta
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Virtually nil. PLEASE< PLEASE read on....
Side effects:   If you take a look at the side effects the FDA requires Provigil manufacturer Cephalon to list, you will find the usual stomach aches, headaches etc.. Such side effects are so common that virtually every new prescription medication ends up listing them, which is why most of us don't bother reading the side effect profile for meds. However, failing to look at the side effects for Provigil could end up costing you your life. Provigil of course does list the usual side effects, yes, but ther is one side effect listed that is rarely included as a medication side effect. Further, even if you should happen to actually read the list of Provigil's side you are not likely to know what it means. The side effect is called "vasodilatation", and the manufacturer reported to the FDA that it occurred to 1 out of every 50 test subjects while it happened to 0 out of every 50 who took the placebo. What is "vasodilatation"? Vasodilatation, nearly always referred to as the more recognizable "vasodilation", refers to the general relaxation of blood vessels, a phenomenon that usually ends up causing a small drop in blood pressure but sometimes causes a significant blood pressure drop, when it is then called hypotension. And, if you'll read on, you'll see why for me, and potentially for 1 out of every 50 users of Provigil, it very nearly killed me. After 7 weeks on Provigil, with the last week having been increased from 200mg to 300mg per day, I awoke one morning in a highly delusional state, speaking of non-existent farm animals wandering around the kitchen table where my wife and I were seated. After apparently collapsing in my bedroom, I was taken to ER, which quickly determined that I was critically hypotensive (low blood pressure of 72/35). I quickly lapsed into cardiogenic shock, a condition where the heart all but stops pumping blood and one of the deadliest of all medical crises. Even among those who are still alive upon arrival at an ER, 70% to 80% die within hours or a few days. Those who survive likely do so, as I did, with kidneys in acute failure and brain damage similar to what is sustained by near-drowning victims who have been resuscitated by a lengthy CPR session.
Comments:   My ER doctor immediately paged the cardiologist on call. Arriving quickly, he assessed my condition and determined that my only chance of survival was a transport to a regional heart center 35 miles away. As he awaited the ambulance, he took me to my local hospital's heart catheterization lab, not to put a stent in, but to push a tiny balloon through my femoral artery to a destination next to my aorta, after which a tiny battery powered air pump was used to inflate the balloon and keep it inflated. The balloon (called an intra-aortic balloon pump) works by temporarily filling the empty space around the heart, then applying continuous gentle pressure to my aorta in an effort to keep my blood pressure from additional falling past the small amount that would otherwise kill me. Arriving at the heart center I was unconscious and would lapse into a coma for 9 days, kept alive by mechanical ventilation through a tube inserted through my throat to my lungs ("I'm in", the TV doctors always say when the get the insertion right).

 

Provigil review by 24 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Narcolepsy
Dosage & duration:   200mg QD taken every morning for the period of 2 months and counting
Other conditions:   n/a
Other drugs taken:   melatonin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I was more alert during the day.
Side effects:   While I was more alert, I didn't really feel rested. Increased insomnia, loss of appetite, lost 18 pounds so far.
Comments:   I take 200mg every morning. It keeps me from feeling tired, but doesn't help me feel rested. At night have to take a sleeping pill so that I actually fall asleep.

 

Provigil review by 23 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   fatigue
Dosage & duration:   100mg taken once a day for the period of 3 months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I was more alert during the first part of the day but I found that it wore off by the afternoon. I could focus clearly, and if I needed a boost during the day another dose was enough.
Side effects:   It may cause some nervousness or restlessness. Sometimes I felt like I had drank a large cup of coffee during its full potency.
Comments:   I took modafinil for cronic fatigue and general drousiness. I found it to be moderatly effective. In the morning after I would take a dose the effects were noticeble and even pronounced, however after about lunchtime it totally wore off and I would have to take another dose, but if the second pill is taken later in the day it sometimes would interfere with sleep so one must be carful to take the pill at the right time.

 

Provigil review by 24 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   chronic fatigue
Dosage & duration:   100 mg taken once a day in the morning for the period of 3 months
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Treatment benefits were noticeable but not substantial. I did not respond to 100mg a day as I or the doctor had hoped. But it did allow me to stay focused throughout the day with out drowsiness or fatigue, so I give it a positive review. Treatment effectiveness varies among individuals
Side effects:   nervousness, insomnia (if taken late in the day)
Comments:   Took 100mg each day in the morning, sometimes if drowsy another 100mg mid-day for cronic fatigue.

 

Provigil review by 27 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   ADD
Dosage & duration:   200mg taken 1 daily for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   Depression
Other drugs taken:   Wellbutrin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   After adjusting to the medication, focus and alertness improved significantly. Fatigue and trouble "becoming bored" disappeared and I was ablve to focus on school studies and work for the first time in many many years. No stimulant effect was felt, but it even became fun to actually sit down on a couch and just read a book.
Side effects:   Mild headaches occasionally when the drug wore off; smelly urine; occasionally insomnia, depending on what time the drug was first taken.
Comments:   Have tried Ritalin for ADD and while it worked the stimulant effect was disturbing and way too much. Wellbutrin seemed to not do a thing, but after 1 week of taking provigil the effect was enourmously obvious.

 

Provigil review by 27 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Bipolar Disorder with severe lows & fatigue,
Dosage & duration:   400 MG taken 7:00 am and 1:00pm for the period of 6 months and running
Other conditions:   Depression, eating disorder, modafinil, kidney stones & osteoperosis
Other drugs taken:   Cymbalta
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I do feel much more awake, but I still need a nap everyday even after taking both of my doses. With 8-10 hours of sleep I'm still very fatigued, but I am able to think more clearly...and even drive again. My mood is much better and seems to be more stable than before. The endless fatigue used to spin me out of control and send me into rage, and the only way that I could deal with the rage was to clean like mad crazy and put my focus on ANYTHING other than the real issues...all the while never eating or drinking anything for weeks at a time. From there I would become extremely manic and focus only on organization, my eating disorder and cleaning. This hasn't happened at all since taking provigal in combination with Cymbalta. I did read that this medication is not recommended for people with a history of mania, ocd or eating disorders....but I feel that it's been very effective in the long run for me.
Side effects:   Acne!!!!!!!!!! ACNE!!!!! I had a bit of anxiety when I first began taking it, but that has since gone away. My heart raced for a couple of weeks, but It's hard to tell if it really was the provigil simply because my heart often races at random. I had a bit of trouble sleeping the first 3 nights after taking provigil, but this hasn't been a problem AT ALL since. I have lost some weight that I had gained back just before starting provigil, and this has left my husband and therapist a little concerned, but I still get hungry and have not changed my diet...but the provigil IS the cause and I have no doubt about it. I did not refill it for three weeks earlier this year and gained nearly 10 pounds...so this drug would be fairly effective for weightloss.
Comments:   My bipolar disorder is often at the lowest points more than the highest points anymore. In the past I switched moods much more rapidly and was given the diagnosis of Rapid cycling bipolar disorder. After my first daughter was born it only got worse. Weeks without any sleep! Then when my second daughter was born something changed within me. I couoldn't wake up at night to even hear her cry. My husband took vacation time to stay home to let me rest. I relapsed worse than ever with my eating disorder and required my 3rd feeding tube and I just could not function enough to even take care of myself, normal life or even my baby girls. I was go into fits of rage from the sheer exhaustion and would CLEAN FOR DAYS AND WEEKS without eating , drinking, sleeping or even sitting! Then I would crash! Finally my doctor decided to jusy try provigil, and it has helped a great deal along with cymbalta. I'm not sure why becasue according the everything I know about both medications...they are completely wrong for me. However, nothing else has worked thu far. I have taken EVERYTHING! This has been a dream for me even if I don't have as much pep in my step as I would like....I'm not a blank, lifeless, useless zombie.

 

Provigil review by 32 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Daytime drowsiness
Dosage & duration:   200mg` taken once a day for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   acne
Other drugs taken:   spironolactone
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Good cognitive enhancer. I like that the effects come on very subtly and they also go away in the same manner. I don't like to feel like I need a prescription which has no other (yet) proven benefits in long term cognition, I hope to either find another supplement to do something similar or see some research which shows Provigil has many more benefits than it does drawbacks.
Side effects:   Sometimes the sensation of racing pulse.
Comments:   200mg once a day.

 

Provigil review by 33 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   shift work insomnia
Dosage & duration:   unsure (dosage frequency: once a day) for the period of 3 times
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I couldn't tolerate the side effects, so I was unable to experience the benefits.
Side effects:   I experienced severe flew like symptoms and severe headaches that worsened with each dose.
Comments:   I was only on this medication for a very short time because after 3 days my doctor took me off of it.

 

Provigil review by 40 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   narcolepsy
Dosage & duration:   600mg qd taken every day for the period of 2 years so far
Other conditions:   depression
Other drugs taken:   effexor XR, premarin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   After being diagnosed with narcolepsy, Provigil changed my life. I had learned to live eternally tired and able to fall asleep at a moment's notice. After a sleep study revealed narcolepsy and I started on Provigil, I feel as if I've been given a second chance at life. Provigil helps me to stay awake and be alert....I no longer feel fatigued and always wanting to sleep. Provigil is an amazing drug and thank God it's available!!!!
Side effects:   none
Comments:   400 mg every morning, 200 mg early afternoon.

 

Provigil review by 46 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   fatigue / malaise due to infections
Dosage & duration:   200 mg taken daily for the period of years
Other conditions:   sleep problems
Other drugs taken:   na
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Provigil allows for better wakefulness in the daytime which in turn assists in better sleep. It also indirectly boosts mood by allowing some level of function during a chronic illness where things can easily spiral downward.
Side effects:   There were no side affects until reached 600 mg / day. This is above the normal dose but within dosing guidelines.
Comments:   It was a shot in the arm without any side affects. It is NOT a magic bullet but can provide some relief in a chronic situation.

 

Provigil review by 50 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   fatigue
Dosage & duration:   100 mg , sometimes 200 mg as needed taken daily for the period of 2+ years
Other conditions:   n/a
Other drugs taken:   n/a
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Was often so tired that I barely got through my work day and would go home and sleep. My quality of life was pretty much non-existant as I didn't enjoy anthing because I was always too tired. When I started provigil I quit feeling like I always needed a nap and was able to make plans with friends because I had the energy to do more than just get through 9 to 11 hour work days.
Side effects:   No negative side effects
Comments:   Was prescribed 100 mg and could go up to 200 mg as needed. On a regular day 100 mg was sufficient. On long days or if I had activities schduled after work I would take another 100 mg tablet or I'd cut a tablet in half to take 50 mg rather than 100 . I made sure I didn't take anymore after about 6:00 pm or it would keep me awake at night.

 

Provigil review by 51 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   MS-related fatigue
Dosage & duration:   100-200 mg. daily taken daily for the period of 7 months
Other conditions:   GERD
Other drugs taken:   Copaxone, prontonix
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Taking the provigil has allowed me to keep working fulltime; otherwise I wouldn't be able to function well due to the extreme constant fatigue I experience related to MS. My neurologist suggested I try this. It has helped considerably during the daytime with my concentration level and also has helped me to stay focused.
Side effects:   Provigil works well for an approximate 3 hr. period, but wears off shortly after that. I do experience slight rapid heartbeat initially and feel jittery for a short time but it goes away quickly. I currently take 100 mg. and if needed, another 100 mg. in the afternoon. I don't take this any time after 2 pm as I'll be up all night. I do need to take a prescribed sleeping pill in order to get to sleep since I've been on Provigil.
Comments:   I initially started on 200 mg. daily and have cut back as I do have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep. I have been on this for 7 months and the effectiveness of Provigil is at the same level today as it was when I began.

 

Provigil review by 48 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Fatigue not being able to get up in am
Dosage & duration:   200mg taken once in the am for the period of 4mths
Other conditions:   high cholesterol, depression,gerd
Other drugs taken:   lipitor, celexa, nexium, zetia
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   When I started first taking it it was great. I would get up in the am no brain fog, and could work the whole day not being tired. By night time though I was exhausted. After a month or so I still get up early but by afternoon I am so tired I usually try to take a nap or just keep going and eventually it will get better. I have not tried taking another in the afternoon. I have tried to up the dose in the am with no difference.
Side effects:   I am not sure if this is from the provigil or not but I have started having major breathing issues. I have had this a long time ago but started taking celexa for it and it worked. Now I am taking klonopin for it sometimes it works sometimes not. I wonder if it is being caused from the provigil.
Comments:   I just take one 200mg every morning when I get up. If I do not take it I thought is why I would be so sleepy during the day. But now I get sleepy anyway. But the waking up early is great were as I could not get up before.

 

Provigil review by 45 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Shift work sleep disorder
Dosage & duration:   100 mg taken once to twice a day as needed for work for the period of 6 years and going.
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   Ambien for sleeping.
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I worked rotating day/night 12 hr shifts for 15 years and I was always tired and it was difficult to keep awake and a focused mind while working, especially on night shifts. I've been taking this drug for 6 years now and I have no problem staying awake, sharp and focused. I no longer even drink coffee at night when I'm at work. This drug has changed my life.
Side effects:   When I first started, I was taking 200mg before shift. It gave me the jitters and a headache. But when I went to 100mg that took care of that problem.
Comments:   Started off taking 200mg before a 12 hour shift, which made me have the jitters and a headache at times. So I then started taking 100mg before my night shift began and would take another 100mg 4-6 hours later. This stopped the headaches and jitters. On day shift I would take a 100mg, if needed. When I get home in the morning and go to bed, my mind will not stop thinking and I could easliy lay there for hours. My doctor prescribed Ambien and if I take that 10 minutes before going to bed I will fall right to sleep.

 

Provigil review by 37 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Central sleep apnea related fatigue
Dosage & duration:   200mg taken 6:30 am and 9:30 am for the period of 9+ months
Other conditions:   Hypertension, ­Premature ventri­cular contractio­ns, seasonal allergies
Other drugs taken:   Lisinopril, Prilosec, Zyrtec, Pepcid, Cialis
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Provided increased alertness and perceived cognitive enhancement. Helped me maintain focus and motivation at work. I still drank coffee throughout the day but it was significantly less with Provigil. Prior to Provigil I was prescribed Adderall XR 20 mg. which really had a negative effect on my duty performance. I had TOO much energy and jitters and could not focus on anything for more than 5 minutes. The opposite of what it was prescribed for.
Side effects:   I began having stomach troubles with this drug. I now take Prilosec and Pepcid to counter this. Worth it? Sometimes. Like other reviews here, I found that the positive effects did wear off by the end of the day and dosing again is not smart if you want to get any sleep at all. In addition, I notice increased heart rate at times and seems to exacerbate the frequency and strength of my PVCs.
Comments:   I do like the increased alertness and cognitive enhancement but not sure how Provigil is effecting my heart in the long term.

 

Provigil review by 22 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   ADD Inattentive, Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome
Dosage & duration:   100mg/day taken once a day for the period of 2 months
Other conditions:   Bipolar II
Other drugs taken:   Lunesta
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Mild anti-depressive effect and general sense of well-being. Mild increase in energy and productiveness, easier time staying on task and focusing, directing energy and finishing tasks. More motivated
Side effects:   Hyper-focus or obsessive focus at times, sometimes would experience generalized anxiety or generally overstimulated and uncomfortable, which would last for hours
Comments:   At low doses, I find providgil to be moderately useful, particularly on days when I know I will need to focus and be productive and have energy for long periods of time, but sometimes I find it steers me towards being overly focused or obsessive on unimportant things, or it can make me feel uncomfortable or anxious for hours at a time

 

Provigil review by 55 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   fatigue
Dosage & duration:   200 mg taken 2x day for the period of 2 yrs
Other conditions:   depression
Other drugs taken:   pristiqe
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   helped depression and energy. I entered Alcholics Anonymous and began recovery from years of substance abuse. Provigil seems to take the edge off of my prior anxieties and helps to dig deep into the emotional reasons for the abuse.
Side effects:   none.I can honestly say I never feel wired or jittery, no known side effects that I can think of.
Comments:   I take 200 mg arounfd noon and another at 4pm. I sleep really well and can honestly say the provigil helps in my recovery process.

 

Provigil review by 48 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Narcolepcy
Dosage & duration:   1a day (dosage frequency: daily) for the period of still taking the drug
Other conditions:   TBI
Other drugs taken:   Diazapam
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Able to function and have a productive life. If I am very tired the medication is not effective.
Side effects:   headache for the 1st week. Slight nausea on days I do not eat regular Small meals.
Comments:   Tried Aderol, once a day 5mg, for 3 weeeks . I had hallucinations and although awake, was very out of control.

 

Provigil review by 26 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   anxiety and to avoid feeling misrable
Dosage & duration:   100mg-3days 200mg-2days taken not much for the period of 1 week
Other conditions:   depression
Other drugs taken:   citalopram15mg,hosit XT
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   none
Side effects:   stomach bloating,tired feeling,hallucination and no sound sleep
Comments:   I have been using modafinil since 5 days, 100mg for 3 days and 200 mg for 2 days along with citalopram 15(mg) as prescribed by my doc.Initially for 3 days (when I was on 100mg) it was ok,just slight irritability.But after taking 200mg felt the following-: 1.)Tired never before after 5hours 2.)Then began hallucination,felt like I am dreaming 3.) I became anxious,irritable and jittery feeling overcame me. 4.)Stomach bloating was so high that it bothered my heart a lot. 5.)Coudn't get a sound sleep. Not sure whether this happened because of modafinil alone or the mixing of citalopram and modafinil. But it sure did bother me.

 

Provigil review by 42 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Narcolepsy, Sleep Apnea, Bipolar Disorder
Dosage & duration:   200 mg taken 3 in the morning for the period of 5+ years
Other conditions:   Asthma, Coronary Artery Disease, Migraines
Other drugs taken:   Depakote, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Heart Meds
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I am able to stay awake while driving. I am able to focus on tasks and concentrate better. My concentration is clearer. It's not habit-forming because I could live without it. It's just that I can not function without it. I can't drive, or stay awake for any reasonable length of time during the day. My narcolepsy and sleep apnea are so bad that I do not dream at night at all. With the provigil, along with my other medications, I am able to balance day and night and not feel like I'm fighting to keep my eyelids open. Also, I don't need any caffeine or other stay awake medications that are harmful and habit-forming.
Side effects:   During the first week, my heart rate increased as I increased the dose, but now my heart rate is perfectly normal. I believe it may have given me a little headache/stomach ache the first week as well, but those are gone now too.
Comments:   I take my provigil every morning, 3 200mg tablets. I am awake for about the first 4 hours, then I nap for a little while. I am up for about 2 hours, and nap again. Then, I'm up for the evening, go to bed at a decent time and wake up at a regular hour feeling rested now.

 

Provigil review by 42 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   shift disorder
Dosage & duration:   50/100 (dosage frequency: once at day) for the period of 2 months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   ambien occasionally
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Immediately made me feel more focus, clear mind, energy, increase calmness. I started with 100mg once a day before work or in the morning on my days off and reduced to 50mg and still have all those benefits. Experienced little nausea, urine odor at the beginning. I don't feel like drinking alcohol anymore and if I drink too much, my hangovers are moderate. Very happy with it!
Side effects:   None..after first few days!!
Comments:   50mg before night shift or in the morning on my days off. I don't take it every day either!!

 

Provigil review by 44 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Fatigue from Neurological and Heart cond.
Dosage & duration:   starting dose 100mg before noon taken 1xdaily for the period of just began, will be increasin dose n 7
Other conditions:   No problems Dosage not strong enuf
Other drugs taken:   Pain meds. Thyroid. Estrace. Topamax.
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I took the 100mg tab around 9am with other meds per instructions, but the medication only lasted around 4 hours at the most, then I began to feel that wiped out feeling once again. I spoke with my gp & it was determined, that since my fatigue is so severe, we would move up immediately. Take 2 100mg tablets at 9a.m. then 1 100mg tablet at noon, should I be slowing down, with the engraved fatigue, I will change and rather than take 1 100mg tab at noon, I will take 2 200mg tabs at 1pm. Then by 4pm if needed take 1 100mg tablet. Will monitor closely, and go in monthly for Blood work, as this medication, can cause problems with the Liver.
Side effects:   N/A currently
Comments:   Awaiting to see what is going to happen, I am VERY hopeful !!!! Good Luck to EVERYONE here, and God Bless, to each of you, and to me too :)
 


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