This is an oral drug that is ideally used to promote wakefulness and it is quite similar to Modafinil or as some may know it, Provigil. As an enantiopure of Modafinil, it reaches its full concentration in the human blood far much faster than Modafinil does; thus, making it a better medication to those with excessive daytime sleepiness. It is also used by patients suffering from narcolepsy, sleep apnea and shift work disorder. Its main work is to affect the chemicals in our brains that affect sleep. Although it may be used for other reasons, your doctor has to prescribe it to you before using.
The main benefit or this medication is reducing extreme sleepiness that is caused by sleeping disorders like sleep apnea and narcolepsy. It also helps a user stay awake during working hours in case one has a work schedule that affects the normal sleep routine. Note that, Armodafinil does not actually cure the disorder and it should not be used as a substitute to getting enough sleep. It should not be used to deal with fatigue or by those who do not have an actual sleep disorder.
The most common side effects associated with Amodafinil is headache. Other minor but noticeable side effects include;
- Dry mouth
There are certain serious side effects that require immediate attention once you notice them. If you experience irregular, pounding or extremely fast heartbeat, then the medication is not reacting well with your body. Other serious side effects may include chest pains, abnormal mood or mental changes that lead to anxiety, depression, confusion, hallucination and sometimes a user can even experience thoughts of suicide. The first thing to do if you experience this is seek immediate medical attention.
Armodafinil should only be used as prescribed by the doctor as an over dose could lead to serious health problems. Given the strength of this drug, it should not be taken for the long term as it may end up affecting the normal functioning of the brain. You should only take the medication for a short time period to solve your sleeping problem before it leads to addiction. Armodafinil should be taken once every day at the same time of the day with the maximum dosage being between 150mg to 200mg.
Its usage is approved in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and India among other countries, but only as a prescription drug by those who are licensed to import it.
Its first compound was first discovered in the 1970s in France by Lafon Laboratories but it has experiences significant developments since then. The most recent development was in June 2010 when a study tried to show that Armodafinil could be used as an ajunctive therapy by adults suffering from Schzophrenia. Although the program was later suspended, the research showed that the schizophrenic patients who were treated with Armodafinil showed less symptoms of the condition with time.
For those with sleep apnea and narcolepsy, Armodafinil, if taken early in the morning will lead to significant improvements in their sleep patterns. For those with work shift disorder, a daily dose of Armodafinil an hour before work will keep them awake during work hours, improve their productivity and even enhance their working memory.
Given its numerous benefits, it is easy to ignore the side effects of the drug if they are not severe. Provided it is taken in the right dose, at the right time, by the right patients and for the right reasons, Armodafinil has numerous benefits in improving an individual’s lifestyle.