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Compare all 8 medications used in the treatment of Hypersomnia.
Reviews for Armodafinil to treat Hypersomnia
Review by Jade Aurora (taken for less than 1 month):
Nuvigil (armodafinil): I've been fighting with sleep issues for 9 years now, and was just diagnosed with Idiopathic Hypersomnia this Wednesday. I've been taking 250mg/day of Nuvigil since Friday morning. The medication worked great during the day on Friday. I used to sleep somewhere between 12 - 18 hours per day, and would fall asleep any time. I was relaxed up until then. However, I couldn't sleep Friday night at all. Took it again Saturday morning after no sleep, and it dragged me through the day. Still couldn't force myself to sleep Saturday night. Finally slept 3 hours last night after experiencing hallucinations. Hoping I'll acclimate well after a few weeks, as Friday I felt better during the day than ever before. Want that feeling back again.
12 users found this comment helpful.
Nuvigil (armodafinil): This medicine was the best thing that ever happened to me. That is, during the short amount of time that it actually did work. The side effects and it's ability to keep me awake came on hard and strong. I was emotionally unstable for about 3 days but that passed quickly. Then I was off to bigger and better things. I was busy all the time and started accomplishing things. I also started to lose a little weight and morphed into this social butterfly. It was awesome. Then it started to level off and before I knew it, I was napping again and back to my usual depressed self. Doctor kept upping the dosage til I got to the highest dosage twice a day and it still didn't work. So I've been taken off Nuvigil and am moving onto some other ADHD meds.
18 users found this comment helpful.
Nuvigil (armodafinil): Diagnosed with Hypersomnia. Prescribed 150 mg Nuvigil 1 x day. This medication made me extremely talkative for the first few days to the point of annoyance to others and even myself. Though it curbed my extreme need for napping and did make me feel somewhat more 'alive' during the day, the side effects, for me, far outweighed the benefits. Chills, daily headaches, feeling feverish with no temperature throughout the two months I took Nuvigil. Daily stomach pain and irritability and changes in my behavior to include sadness and crying episodes, feeling overwhelmed, feelings as if I were 'losing it'. I stopped taking Nuvigil two wks ago and no more side effects!!!!
11 users found this comment helpful.
Review by tired of tired (taken for less than 1 month):
Nuvigil (armodafinil): I suppose I am in the first stages of figuring out what causes me to be tired all the time. I am frustrated, and memories are flooding in of the onset of my tiredness. I remember falling asleep in every class in 9th grade at the age of 14. I always assumed my tiredness was from one reason or another. With that said, recently I have been back and forth to the doctor for four months now. This last time he prescribed Nuvigil, and wants to order a sleep study. I was so excited at the prospect of feeling awake, and to my dismay I have not felt anything good. Headaches mainly, tired, anxiety, emotional, spaciness, and even on 200mg took a 2 hour nap. Been on 150mg dose still tired and don't feel as much anxiety and spaciness.
Nuvigil (armodafinil): I have been on Nuvigil for several years for alertness, or lack thereof, and attention issues. I have had little side effects and don't think I could function properly without it. Initially, there was a bit of insomnia for a few days, but that passed and all is well since. Last week I ran out and had to wait a week to get the script through the mail. Ugh! I could not get up in the morning after 8-9 hrs of sleep, I walked around all day in a fog and was afraid I would fall asleep at work. This continued throughout the week and did not seem to get any better. Finally, my medicines came in, took it this morning and it was like the sun had come out and could function again. Not all medicines work for everyone, but for those it helps it is a lifesaver!
14 users found this comment helpful.
Nuvigil (armodafinil): I have been taking Nuvigil for over a year. It has been a great thing for me. I was starting to be afraid to drive, even in the morning after a good night sleep. My doctor helped me by prescribing the 250 mg and I split them. I keep myself able to manage with the 125 mg by only taking it the days that I work, and skipping one day midweek that I schedule heavily with more physical stuff to keep me alert. I also notice anxiety building if I take it daily for several weeks, or don't get enough sleep while I am taking it.
Nuvigil (armodafinil): Nuvigil was not for me. I felt very drugged and groggy. Dry mouth and eyes. I also found myself staring into space a lot and my skin was tingly. I felt way more tired than I did before I took Nuvigil. I didn't dare drive while taking this medication. I switched back to Concerta at a higher dose than I was taking before and it is working very well for me. I feel completely normal.
Nuvigil (armodafinil): I began taking Nuvigil for Idiopathic Hypersomnia about two weeks ago. I have found it works well. I like that I don't get that "speed" effect. I still feel like I could take a nap during the day, I just don't have as strong of a desire to. I think I am developing a tolerance for it, though. The main problem that I have with this medication though is that after being on it about a week and a half I noticed that I had some spotting. I have been on my birth control for over a year and that has NEVER happened.
Nuvigil (armodafinil): I've taken Nuvigil for 4 days. Only other medicine I take is Effexor XR for depression. My doctor kept telling the tiredness and fatigue was related to depression and if I could get past that I'd be okay. After trying 3 different anti-depressants and upping the dose of Effexor to more than the manufacturer's suggested dose, I decided to have a sleep study and found I have hypersomnia. First day I took 150mg Nuvigil and couldn't go to sleep until 4am. The next 3 days I've taken half a pill (75mg) and been pretty good alert wise and still able to fall asleep at night. However, this morning I took half a Nuvigil and fell back asleep for 2 hours. Maybe just need time to adjust to best dose for me. Haven't had side effects but feel ready to go go go!
Nuvigil (armodafinil): I am 24 years old, I was just recently diagnosed with Idiopathic hypersomnia and have no other medical issues. I have been fighting this for as long as my memory will take me. I have been prescribed 150mg of Nuvigil per day. So far it's day 3 and still no side effects, I still don't have the feeling of a wakefulness and energy that everyone else has been talking about. I know it's only been 3 days but I'm anxious to know what it feels like to be awake and not fight anymore. I'm beginning to lose hope already and I want to say I actually feel sleepier but it could just be the rain.
Nuvigil (armodafinil): My doctor wanted me to try a long acting morphine, taken every 12 hours. I was concerned about the sleepiness issue as I was taking many pain medications. So she also prescribed 250 mg of Nuvigil. Like some of these reviews, it was fine for a while but I started noticing late afternoon sleepiness. I was already on the highest dosage. My doctor said it was okay to take half the tablet with the medications I take on rising in the morning and the other half later in the morning. It's made a wonderful difference in my ability to focus and stay awake during the day and I don't have any problems falling asleep at night. It's greatly improved my quality of life and ability to continue working.
13 users found this comment helpful.
Nuvigil (armodafinil): I have anxiety/panic attacks and fibromyalgia. Fun! So, unfortunately I get sick with Lyrica at higher doses where it actually kills the fibromyalgia pain. After months of trial and errors, we've finally found that 100mg of Pristiq, 20mg of Methadone, 225mg of Lyrica and 300mg of Tramadol is the only thing that will stop the pain. For the anxiety the Pristiq helps and also 3mg of Klonopin stops the panic (also took months of trial and error in addition to therapy). With this large amount of depressant style drugs, at times it was very hard for me to stay awake during the daytime. 150mg of Nuvigil for me has totally solved this problem. The first week I felt strange and over stimulated, and now I just feel normal and awake, from 6:00am to 10:30pm.
23 users found this comment helpful.
Nuvigil (armodafinil): I was diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia after months of falling asleep during the day and very early at night. It very much affects my life, making me feel overwhelmed and unable to complete what a normal person should be able to do. I was put on Nuvigil and a few hours after taking the first pill, I began to feel jittery. It lasted a couple of hours and as that feeling left, I got migraines. The migraines lasted for 2 days. I then had 2 days where I felt absolutely awesome - I slept fine at night and had ample energy to get through my day. The next 2 days, I felt tired and dragging again. The last day, I was tired, depressed, and crying on and off all day. I am now off the medication.
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Nuvigil (armodafinil): I took a full pill the first day, which was stupid, as I'm very sensitive to medication. I felt like I was on speed. I was talking really fast, my hands were shaking, my heart was beating a million miles an hour, felt like an anxiety attack. I also got a horrible headache and nausea later in the day. I didn't take it again for a month and then I cut the pill into quarters. For a week I took 37.5 mg a day. I got a few headaches, dizziness and nausea through the day, but tolerable. 3 days ago I upped it to 75mg. I still don't feel any help with sleepiness! Still am dizzy, headaches, nausea, lack of appetite. But I'm going to wait it out and keep upping it to 150 and see if it ever starts working. Hopefully the side effects go away soon!
Nuvigil (armodafinil): Today was my second day on Nuvigil for idiopathic hypersomnia. I was sleeping around 10 hours a night and napping 2-4 hours per day before this medicine. These were my first two days without a nap in months! However, I still feel tired. I shouldn't complain, it's definitely an improvement.
23 users found this comment helpful.
Nuvigil (armodafinil): I have been very pleased with Nuvigil. I have not had side effects. In my experience the only problem I have had is that it wears off too soon. My doctor increased the dose and it lasted a bit longer but it is still wearing off sooner than I would like.
armodafinil: I have suffered excessive daytime sleepiness for a long time. It was so bad that I would fall asleep at work, on the bus, in the car, etc., at least 4 times a week. After having sleep studies done, my doctor ascertained that I do not have obstructive sleep apnea, and I do not have narcolepsy. I work only daytime shifts. Nuvigil (armodafinil) 150 mg tablets were prescribed by my doctor, and they have changed my life. I have not fallen asleep at work since. I feel capable and energetic. I do not feel any depression, nor do I feel overwhelmed by obstacles. It is a MASSIVE change in my quality of life.
One problem: My insurance company won't cover it.
Nuvigil (armodafinil): I was prescribed Provigil about 3 years ago to counteract excessive daytime sleepiness resulting from chronic insomnia. The dosage was set at 400 mg/day; 200 mg in the morning and 200 mg after lunch. Over the course of a normal work day I would experience a significant rush and crash cycle with each pill, and had the odd feeling of being anxious and tired at the same time. The effectiveness of the last pill would fade away well before the end of the work shift.
I was recently prescribed Nuvigil and have taken it for about a week. So far I haven't experienced the rush/crash cycle associated with Provigil and it seems to last much longer. I take a single dose of 250 mg in the morning and usually feel the effect within an hour. Okay so far.
26 users found this comment helpful.
Nuvigil (armodafinil): I have found it to be very smooth, have needed to take two per day, one early am and second one about noon to make it all day. No more trouble sleeping than normal. No shakiness or jitters, appetite seems normal. One tablet (150mg) was no help. I seem to be more productive during the day. No nausea or headaches, dizziness. I feel like I get along with it just fine.
29 users found this comment helpful.
Nuvigil (armodafinil): I struggle daily with falling asleep no matter where I am because of my Multiple Sclerosis related fatigue. Nuvigil helped me stay awake and didn't change my sleep patterns at night. TOO BAD MY INSURANCE WON'T PAY FOR IT! See I don't have a sleep disorder. No instead, I have a CHRONIC ILLNESS!
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Nuvigil (armodafinil): I have used Provigil for about 6 years for daytime sleepiness/fatigue. About 2 weeks ago I began taking Nuvigil instead. The effect is definitely longer-lasting by several hours, and initially it seemed more potent yet "cleaner" in terms of side effects than Provigil. However, more recently when I've taken it after a night of poor sleep I've had to increase the dose and I get a lot of tension headaches, as with Provigil. 150 mg lasted all day at first, now I've had to take a little more. Still, I'd rate it an improvement over Provigil - how much so, time will tell.
33 users found this comment helpful.
Nuvigil (armodafinil): I had undiagnosed Lyme Disease (and Babesia) for years which created all manner of complications for me. The fatigue is crippling and I can sleep 16 hours on a bad day, 10-12 average. I took Provigil 200mg twice a day and feel a small effect 3 hours after taking it but it would only last a few hours if it was working at all. I tried Nuvigil a few days ago. I know the drug is largely the same with just the delivery system slightly different but it has an enormously different and positive effect on me. It provides much greater relief from fatigue and much sooner (no more waiting 3 hours to see how Provigil will do for me on any given day). Unfortunately, Nuvigil hasn't let me sleep much... only about 3 out of the last 38 hours.
16 users found this comment helpful.
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