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Also known as: Provigil

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Review by Wolg (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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7.0

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

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January 27, 2015 7:01 PM

Review by downindumps (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

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.

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December 28, 2014 7:25 PM

Review by ImahSleepyGirl (taken for 10 years or more):

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10

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".

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December 17, 2014 1:58 PM

Review by Progenitor (taken for 10 years or more):

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.

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December 16, 2014 11:38 AM

Review by Awakeandready (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

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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December 15, 2014 8:36 AM

Review by casreid1962 (taken for 10 years or more):

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10

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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December 11, 2014 1:44 PM

Review by Free spirit (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

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.

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October 15, 2014 12:17 PM

Review by 28wnarcolepsy:

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7.0

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.

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September 9, 2014 1:26 PM

Review by Frenchmen (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

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.

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August 31, 2014 6:21 PM

Review by omchanti (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

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.

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July 27, 2014 10:25 PM

Review by Millie E. Elmore (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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10

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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July 11, 2014 2:53 PM

Review by Miss mia:

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7.0

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.

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June 6, 2014 6:43 AM

Review by D.M.N. (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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10

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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June 5, 2014 5:50 PM

Review by betsylewiston:

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9.0

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.

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February 11, 2014 9:55 AM

Review by rues:

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9.0

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.

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February 7, 2014 1:16 AM

Review by Toddsmithallday (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

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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February 6, 2014 4:28 PM

Review by lhmazeika (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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10

For Fatigue: I was diagnosed 7 years ago with Multiple Sclerosis. I have been very tired and kind of aggravated all the time because of it. My Doctor prescribed Provigil (Modafinil) For me last year. ITS A MIRACLE for me. REALLY! It used to take all of my energy just to get up to walk to the sink for a drink, Now I power through a day of work alert and ready for more work. I'm a cleaner, so I need energy. The surprise was with this medicine not only helped me to be more alert, awake and focused but I've also been in a really great mood as well. HUGE PLUS. Because I always felt angry and cranky. I was given 200 MG, however, I find that its a bit too much and makes my heart race so I break it in half and its perfect.

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December 5, 2013 12:00 AM

Review by Fernanda P (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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1.0

For Depression: My depression is responsible for a sleeping disorder that makes it very hard for me to stay awake and functional: I have some kind of hypersomnia instead of the regular insomnia complaints patients have. Even though there are people that respond nicely to modafinil, I didn't feel anything while associating 200mg of it to my SSRI. I couldn't notice any improvement to my sleeping cycle or to my concentration. Side effects were absent too. Unfortunately it was not for me.

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October 31, 2013 7:35 PM

Review by Hebble:

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9.0

Provigil (modafinil) for : It works well- it's brand is different than the generic.

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October 27, 2013 6:04 PM

Review by Grapler:

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10

For Fatigue: I have used this medicine on an as need to basis for two years or so and it has had remarkable effect on my ability to function normally and beyond using 100mg, sometimes twice a day if I need to keep going into the next day.

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October 7, 2013 10:09 PM

Review by WorthaTry (taken for less than 1 month):

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5.0

For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: I started taking 200 mg of Modafinil a couple weeks ago for debilitating chronic fatigue. It has definitely had a positive effect, although a subtle one. I am more awake, better able to focus and it is easier to overcome the inertia required to start something. I haven't suddenly become energetic or highly productive like others, but there is a subtle difference. Unfortunately it has seriously impacted my sleep. My brain stays awake most of the night even though my body is exhausted. Additionally it gives me a pressure headache behind my eyes, and overall just makes me feel a little strange.

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September 27, 2013 7:38 PM

Review by Kathy0323:

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10

Provigil (modafinil) for Narcolepsy: I am 2 months shy of having used Provigil for 10 years. I have no physical side effects from it, which is pretty good since I am in my late 60s. It was more effective at keeping me awake when I first started using it, but it also made me a little nervous. These days it is usually effective, but sometimes not, but the good news is that I am much calmer than I have been in years. If this medicine seems to lose it's effectiveness, don't give up. Stop taking it for a little while (a week or two) and it will work again just fine. All and all this medicine has given me back my life, except for driving me to the poor house.

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September 23, 2013 8:06 PM

Review by Suze1227:

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9.0

For Depression: Had this added to my anti-depressant cocktail and I have to admit, it's given me more energy and increased my mood quite a bit. I was really surprised at it's effectiveness for depression and depression related fatigue. The only drawback for me is that I often get headaches when it starts to wear off. But overall a good medicine!

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September 11, 2013 6:47 PM

Review by Cheri408 (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

Provigil (modafinil) for Narcolepsy: I took Provigil along with Adderall and felt the best ever. I was alert, not on too much Adderall so I didn't feel bad from that--Then my insurance company wouldn't cover Provigil any more, they pushed Nuvigil--it made me sleepier.

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September 6, 2013 2:40 AM

Review by Jackit:

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3.0

Provigil (modafinil) for Narcolepsy: Provigil worked for my narcolepsy for about 6 months. After that, I began to have bouts of insomnia at night and became ultra sleepy during the day times. I was prescribed sleep medications to help combat the new side effects. Things did not seem to improve. I also gained 40 pounds during the time I took Provigil (which was a total of 9 months). As a woman, gaining weight was my LEAST desirable side effect of all. Finally, I switched off of Provigil and returned to what was working for me originally, Adderall XR 30 mg one to two times per day (depending on what my schedule was like that day). I only switched off of Adderall XR originally because my doctor was concerned about the potential long term cardiovascular effects on my body.

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September 3, 2013 11:50 AM

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