It was named ‘the secret to success’ by ABC news. Millions of people attest to its great efficiency and claim they would not be able to work the same way without it. It is said to be the go-to drug for improving concentration and reducing excessive sleepiness and chronic fatigue. Below is a comprehensive guide of the drug Provigil and all there is to know about its functions, dosage, side effects and its interaction with the human body.
WHAT IT IS:
Provigil is a drug that is said to promote wakefulness in adults. It was formulated in the late 1970s by Professor Emeritus and neurophysiologist Michael Jouvet and the Lafon Laboratories in France. It is sold as a prescription drug under the name Modiodal in France, Modavigil in Australia and Switzerland and Provigil in the USA and the UK. There is no official research conducted on the specific way that this drug works. However, a largely accepted theory is that Provigil alters the neurotransmitters in the brain which are chemical substances that aid in the transfer of impulses from the brain to the body and vice versa.
Officially, Provigil is used to treat sleep-related diseases such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Narcolepsy and Shift Work Disorder (SWD). OSA is the condition in which a person stops breathing temporarily during sleep. Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that often causes excessive daytime sleepiness. SWD is a sleep disorder that is caused by disturbances in the human internal clock. It is usually found in people who work night shifts or rotating shifts. It is important to note that Provigil will treat but not cure these diseases caused by excessive sleepiness. This drug is only used to temporarily relieve the symptoms of the conditions listed above so ask your doctor if you are interested in a more permanent solution. Other off-record uses for Provigil include the treatment of fatigue and the enhancement of concentration.
Provigil is effective in improving alertness and wakefulness in adults. Most people find that taking Provigil helps them to keep their focus for longer hours and to also be generally alert hours after they take the drug.A study by the University of Cambridge shows that Provigil is effective in reducing ‘impulsive decisions’. Provigil is also known to improve cognitive responses and moods, induce motivation, reduce reaction time and enhance vigilance.
For Narcolepsy and OSA, 200mg of Provigil must be take daily in the morning. For SWD, 200mg of Provogil must be taken an hour before the start of a night shift. Note that this is the usual dosage for adults but it can differ according to individual conditions. Run it past your doctor to find out the specific dosage required for your condition. Also note that Provigil is not FDA approved for children under 17 years and there is therefore no published dosage for this age range.
SIDE EFFECTS of Modafinil
The known side effects of Provigil are skin rash that can sometimes be severe enough for medical attention, back pain, headaches or dizziness and stuffiness in nose. It is advised to immediately stop the use of Provigil if any of the following side effects are noticed:
- Darkened urine and yellowing of the eyes and skin
- Mouth and throat sores
3.Swelling in legs, throat, eyes, face, tongue or lips
4.Blisters or peeling skin
- Depression and anxiety
- Chest pain
There is no official published data on the long-term effects of Provigil. However, Dr. Peter Morgan of Yale University suggests that Provigil may have the same long-term effects as Nicotine. The same way that Nicotine starts off as a cognitive enhancer but after several uses becomes a cognitive normalizer, Morgan thinks that there is no reason to believe that Provigil will be any different after long-term use. He also states that a possible long-term use may cause deficits in slow-wave sleep of users. It has also been reported that Provigil may very rarely cause dependence or addiction in some users. Consult your doctor to find out how long you should take prescribed Provigil for.
USE IN SILICON VALLEY:
TechCrunch reports that Provigil is seen as the new ‘entrepreneurs drug of choice’ following more common stimulators such as Aderall and caffeine. It is also reported that most entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley that confess to the usage of Provigil use it regularly to work twenty hour shifts daily to give themselves and their businesses a competitive edge. Th preference of this drug over caffeine stems from the fact that it has cognitive benefits as opposed to just alertness like caffeine.
HOW TO USE PROPERLY:
Provigil must be used in the correct dosage as shown in the sections above. Some symptoms of overdosage of Provigil include:
- Insomnia or troubled sleep
- Increased blood pressure
- Overexcitement and anxiety
- Elevated heartbeat rate
Provogil can cause serious dangers to people with:
- Angina (chronic chest pain)
- History of cardiac arrest
- High blood pressure and other heart diseases
- Cirrhosis and other liver conditions
- Psychosis and history of other mental conditions
- History of alcoholism or drug addiction
If any of these apply to you, tell your doctor before you start taking Provigil. The effects of fetuses is not known so tell your doctor if you are pregnant or have plans to get pregnant.
Provigil is a good choice for the treatment of sleep related diseases and improvement of concentration and alertness. Talk to your doctor before you start using Provigil to get a safe dosage for your individual condition. Also, report any side effects to your doctor as soon as you notice them.
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