I do in the evenings, hoping the pill has worn off. I didn't at first, but then started, I don't notice any difference. I checked with one doctor and two pharmacists.
5 Jan 2010
I personally would not recomend drinking on top of percription pills. It can affect many things that you are not aware of such as breathing while you are sleeping, sometimes even vomiting while sleeping. This is extremely dangerous. I knew a person that actually died this way. He was taking narcotics while drinking. Because nuvigil is a controlled substance I would be very careful and would not drink on top of it. It is better to be on the safe side. Good luck to you and I hoped this helped you in some way.
2 May 2011
Yes. I work nights and take nuvigil about once a week. I almost always have a few drinks after my shift and have never noticed anything unusual.
I have gotten really drunk while on nuvigil several times, still no consequence. The other response to this post is pretty much meaningless because the other person is saying that drinking on SOME prescription drugs is quite dangerous. True statement, but I have not had any trouble with alcohol and nuvigil personally.
The effects of nuvigil and alcohol together have not been studied thoroughly and are pretty much unknown. I'm no doctor but this is just personal experience, hope it helps.
12 May 2013
So - I've been doing some experimentation at home with this and here's what I think. First, my pharmacist said that Nuvigil has a half life of like 18 hours - which means it's totally out of your system after the half life. But the thing I've noticed about Nuvigil and alcohol is that when I have alcohol while on it - I don't feel as if I've had anything to drink. That's cognitively. HOWEVER, the blood alcohol level is unchanged and so that's a very dangerous thing as I'm sure I'm impaired - but it just doesn't feel like it. The other thing is I tend to then drink more - which is not good for your body in countless ways. Now, the next morning - I feel like complete hell - probably because I've imbibed more alcohol than I normally would have.
So - I'm not sure if the caution comes from some liver issue they know about using Nuvigil but weren't required (for whatever reason) to disclose - or because they're afraid of something like inadvertent alcohol poisoning or more people driving under the influence. But, either way - this is my conclusion on my empirical evidence!
- Nuvigil Information for Consumers
- Nuvigil Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nuvigil (detailed)
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