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User Reviews for Modafinil

Also known as: Provigil

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Shift Work Sleep Disorder 10 reviews 2 medications
   
9.4
ADHD 7 reviews 32 medications
   
9.2
Fatigue 10 reviews 0 medications
   
9.0
Obstructive Sleep Ap...ypopnea Syndrome 22 reviews 2 medications
   
8.8
Depression 18 reviews 75 medications
   
8.4
Hypersomnia 4 reviews 24 medications
   
8.2
Narcolepsy 73 reviews 15 medications
   
7.4
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 17 reviews 2 medications
   
6.9
Summary of Modafinil reviews 161 reviews 8.0

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For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: "This medication worked for about a week, but now I just sleep right through it. I'm on 200 mg. I set an alarm to take the medication in the beginning I'd wake up about 45 minutes after talking it, but now I continue to sleep."

   
2.0

Sleepingmylifeaway0718 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 20, 2015

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Provigil (modafinil) for Narcolepsy: "I'm in the navy and it was very hard fighting my sleep for the first 5 years of being in I finally got a sleep study an they diagnosed me with narcolepsy. I don't really like taking medication for anything but my doctor introduced me to Provigil. I finally feel like a normal person, although the first month I had very bad headaches it slowly went away and I went from taking 1 100mg pill a day to 2 100mg pills. My body got used to it within the first 2mths. Overall I love this medicine. works pretty good for me."

   
8.0

lola14$ (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 5, 2015

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For Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome: "Extremely effective for memory, and alertness. Take 1/2 in morning. Second dosage 2-3 hours later. If taken whole it cause hunger, and nervousness/shaking."

   
9.0

Kusha (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 26, 2015

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For Depression: "It was a strong drug. It had the side effect of leaving me tired and very depleted the following day far more than small 5mg of ritalin did. The only caveat is I took valium at bedtime. This may have messed with the Provigil to the degree that it may have messed with my system. I think this entry is valuable. Benzodiazepines do not appear to be useful in combination with Provigil or Modafinil. Days when I did not take Benzodiazepines the following days were pretty normal. The important entry I want to contribute is to say that the days following a Provigil day were the ones that were the most productive. I was far more "on" after the drug wore off. I felt like a younger faster version of myself days even a week later. 100mg dose"

   
5.0

BillZimm (taken for less than 1 month) April 23, 2015

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For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: "I am 29 yrs old, female, and have Chronic fatigue due to depression and rheumatoid arthritis. This drug seemed like the perfect cure but it gave me pretty unwanted side effects including worsening of depression, panicky, dizziness, blurred vision, headaches, worsening of fatigue, dazzed, would have words on the tip of my tongue sometimes that would take like 30 sec to remember what I wanted to say, and muscle tension, extreme anger at people and myself, and increased joint pain. So the 2 hours it'd actually increase my energy, All these side effects are NOT worth it."

   
1.0

Ladybird85 (taken for less than 1 month) April 15, 2015

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For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: "I have ME resulting in severe tiredness.... I Started taking 200 mg modofinal 5 days ago. It is fabulous. It is not funded in the UK. But if you have ME do some research and see if it is right for you. It really worked for me!"

   
10

Mounthawke April 5, 2015

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For Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome: "I have obstructive sleep apnea so severe, I fall asleep driving, working, sitting, during an MRI, etc. I'm extremely allergic to the plastic c-pap masks OR they don't work effectively so I'm unable to get relief from the machine. I do shift work, suffer from depression, anxiety, ADD, panic attacks and now this has become progressively worse in the last year. I sleep so much to catch up that now my 46 year old body is breaking down. Loss of muscle mass, weight gain, etc. What does work for me? Provigil/Modifinil. Amazing! Truly! But my Medica health insurance does not cover it. Why won't the pharmaceutical companies lower the price or provide alternatives, options, etc. I'm a beautiful woman slowly wasting away."

   
10

srilamm April 3, 2015

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For Hypersomnia: "Before this medicine I always felt tired , irrated by little things,and sometime felt emotionless because of how tired I was I went to my neurologist was diagnosed with ideopathic hypersomnia which means when I sleep I guess I don't really sleep. All I know is I have a New perspective on life knowing there was something wrong with me and now this medicine controls it and makes me feel so much more awake and be just like anyone else that does not have this disorder I learned the hard way one day what will happen if I stop taking it. I will go back to my old depressed tired self"

   
10

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 1, 2015

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For Fatigue: "A brutal accident left me in a drug induced coma and on a respirator with a month long hospital stay. Figured I was back to relative normality. Fatigue was an issue, as was memory loss, attention span and nightmares. Diagnosed with PTSD, but I knew it wasn't. After 22 months of hell I was circling the drain and either got help or was "opting out". Checked in to a nero ward and they ran a battery of tests on meover 2 weeks. > Undiagnosed concussion from the accident. Gave me an SSRI (off now) but nothing fixed the fatigue, or constant feeling of hangover/lack of focus. Gave me modafinil and although I had small headaches daily (gone now) the energy/clarity it gave me was unreal. Short/med memory is still shot but I have my life back"

   
9.0

LocoLaw February 27, 2015

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Provigil (modafinil) for Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome: "Positive"

   
7.0

Wolg (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 27, 2015

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For Depression: "I have suffered from major depression for over 20 years. The past 2 1/2 years have been devastating. I have now treatment resistant depression. I have been on all of the "modern" and some "old school" antidepressants including Lithium and MAOIs. I have had 2 rounds of ECT treatments in the past 2 years. They have knocked the suicidal ideation for a little while but this most recent round of 12 required "Maintenance" sessions. I have had 3 maintenance ECTs then my psych doc prescribed me Provigil. I started at 100 mg for 2 weeks then upped it to 200 mg. for the past 2 weeks. I have made it through the holiday season feeling the best I have in years. Now I am back to the way I was before my depression. Don't know why but it works."

   
10

downindumps (taken for less than 1 month) December 28, 2014

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Provigil (modafinil) for Fatigue: "Provigil (Modafinil) was an absolute miracle for me to help me control my Multiple Sclerosis related fatigue. I have taken it for nearly 14 years with no side effects whatsoever (200mg two times a day). I liked that it never made me feel edgy, jumpy or nervous and I especially liked that I could still sleep with a 200mg dose on board as well so it didn't absolutely control my sleep patterns. Helpful. Effective. Cost prohibitive if unable to get insurance coverage for it. I have only recently stopped taking Modafinil due to my insurance (which I have the same company for the last 10 years) company not covering Modafinil for off-label uses (crazily, MS Fatigue being one of them?). So far, I am not at ALL impressed by any of the "substitutes"."

   
10

ImahSleepyGirl (taken for 10 years or more) December 17, 2014

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For Depression: "After many hospital stays for trying all the different medications for bi-polar depression Modafinil has been part of my regimen with gabapentin and nortriptyline. Any regular medication for bi-polar disorder has side effects such as deja vu to diarrhea. My wife changed jobs but took the new one on the basis that it was the same insurance carrier and would continue coverage. Now because they say Modafinil is not a bi-polar medicine they refuse to pay for it. I will not be able to afford the $650 a month. Without it I wake with nightmares. It's very sad insurance says they know better than a group of doctors and 10 years of success using a prescription."

Progenitor (taken for 10 years or more) December 16, 2014

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For Narcolepsy: "I was just prescribed modafinil and I was happy I picked up my prescription on Friday so I had the weekend to try it out. So yup- I woke up and cleaned things I haven't cleaned in months with incredible focus. I didn't feel scattered, didn't lose my train of thought, my attention span was excellent. It almost made me wonder if I had ADHD and never knew it. But anyway, I took 100mg, half a pill at a time. No headache, no nausea, I ran a couple miles and did okay. I was able to feel good and not be tired and even got to play with my kids in the evening- something that never happens because I'm usually too exhausted to do anything like that. Overall, I'm feeling a ton better!"

   
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Awakeandready (taken for less than 1 month) December 15, 2014

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For Depression: "I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder back in 2002 and I've tried every medication under the sun with no success. Then in 2006 my doctor tried me on Modafinil as add on to my other medications, I was really surprised at the effectiveness of modafinil. On my depressed cycle it made me get off the sofa and lessened my depression. During my mania cycle I would not have to take Modafinil. It is definitely a medication worth trying as an add to as add on."

   
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casreid1962 (taken for 10 years or more) December 11, 2014

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For Narcolepsy: "I was diagnosed with Narcolepsy while ago and have been started on Modafinil. This does work, but with some side effects, which I tend to find only if I take the whole 100mcg at one go, rather than have it in two's. By separating the whole dose it has helped with the headaches and increased heart rate. I don't take it on a daily basis, but only when I am at work or at Uni. Another brownie point for this medicine is that it definitely curbs my appetite for hours."

   
8.0

Free spirit (taken for less than 1 month) October 15, 2014

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Provigil (modafinil) for Narcolepsy: "I am a former college football player who has had narcolepsy for years. I have been on Provigil for over a year now. I started with the lowest dose possible and after 3-6 months am now on the highest dose possible. The medicine has little side effects for me which is great except it curbs my appetite a bit. But I find my body has become immune to the medicine as the impact becomes less and less. I take 4 pills a day and even though I am not falling asleep as much and wasting the day away, I still have no energy. When I am sitting there awake I'm just useless. I don't want to go on an amphetamine but this medicine just isn't working to well for me."

   
7.0

28wnarcolepsy September 9, 2014

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For ADHD: "I take Modafinil / Provigil for head injury related problems. I've tried Ritalin it didn't work well. Provigil is excellent, no side effects or problems. Perfect."

   
10

Frenchmen (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 31, 2014

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For Depression: "I take a 1/4 of a pill Modafinil together with 1/4 paroxetine 5mg in the morning, never felt better. I have tried other options like Wellbutrin, RITALIN but with erratic results, you should try modafinil and you would be surprised."

   
10

omchanti (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 27, 2014

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Provigil (modafinil) for Narcolepsy: "This was more effective than any others tried including Ritalin, Vyvanse which made my heart rate rise to the 140s. Modafinil worked quickly but not suddenly and lasted for the entire day."

   
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Millie E. Elmore (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 11, 2014

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Provigil (modafinil) for Shift Work Sleep Disorder: "It has been a big help since I suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness. I have had surgery for apnea and do shift work."

   
7.0

Miss mia June 6, 2014

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For Depression: "I selected depression but at this point I believe depression is a side effect to a larger Neurological issue and apnea. I was diagnosed with Depression years ago and after being put on tonnes of different medicines some of which were a nightmare I was upgraded to Bi-Polar. Along the way I gained about 100lbs and eventually ended up on a cocktail that included Seroquel which made me very sleepy all the time. I was initially given Provigil as a way to be awake during the day. It was a very positive improvement. After a while I was adjusted to Seroquel, Lamictal and Provigil, and it seemed to keep me stable but still lethargic. Eventually we tried lessening the Seroquel and eventually eliminated it. I am doing better than ever now for several years."

   
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D.M.N. (taken for 5 to 10 years) June 5, 2014

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For Fatigue: "My psychiatrist put me on Provigil for constant fatigue and sleepiness. The antidepressant I was taking didn't give me more energy as expected. Provigil works wonderfully for me: without it, I am a lazy, sleepy, cranky mess, and I only want to stay in bed and sleep all day. Without it, I need to take multiple naps each day. But with Provigil, I can go through the day without napping, and I'm able to drive, work, and go through each day without constant sleepiness. I haven't felt any side effects significant enough to notice. The drug works very well for me, but I am now having issues with insurance coverage. My monthly dosage could cost more than $1000. Provigil is effective but extremely expensive."

   
9.0

betsylewiston February 11, 2014

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Provigil (modafinil) for Narcolepsy: "I tried to write a lot more, but the space is limited. I'd tried ADHD medicines and loading up with caffeine, but nothing seemed to work to manage my excessive sleep cycles. I stumbled across information on Provigil, and asked my doctor if I could try it. I was skeptical because I have eczema, and I have to be careful about the medications, foods, and external allergens I'm exposed to. I began at the lowest dose once/day, and increased to that twice a day after a year and a half, because it seemed the effectiveness was decreasing. I do take breaks from the meds, usually for a day or two, but I've had to for months (cost) and haven't experienced noticeable withdrawal symptoms, like with all the other chemicals."

   
9.0

rues February 7, 2014

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For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: "I got modafinil a few weeks ago when I discovered a great review on the product. It has worked amazingly for me. I do not get tired nor do I lose focused on my tasks at hand."

   
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Toddsmithallday (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 6, 2014

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