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    Default PROVIGIL...has anyone taken this??

    I was recently prescribed provigil due to my constant sleepiness. I am just looking for other ppl whom have taken this drug aswell and there thoughts about it.

    Someone told me that people snort this medicine like ridlin or something is this true do ppl reall do that???

    Thank you!

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    I have been taking provigil for about 3 years now. I started taking it when I started only wanting to sleep. I would get up in the AM, eat, sleep until noon, eat, sleep, eat etc. It really got bad. I was first put on ritalin that worked ok but wore off too quickly. A higher dose made me sleepier. The Provigil works fairly well. I am slowly beginning to do other things besides sleep and eat although I find myself really having to force myself to do it. I do not sleep as much. Provigil does not interfere with your ability to fall asleep at night. No bad side affects as far as I know. I still do not feel things are exactly right with me there, but noone has come up with a better answer so far. I was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea and that is it. I also have been taking Effexor for 8 years. I had been on Prozac for who knows how long then the death of my father threw me for a loop and prozac no longer worked for me. I was put on Effexor which helped but am now at three times the dosage. My energy leven has never returned. I have gained a lot of weight and I am not sure if it is the eat, sleep pattern, lack of energy, medication or combination of all that has caused it. How have you or others reacted? Should I maybe change from Effexor to something else?
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    Smile wt gain

    l love this provigil. l know with lexapro l gained a lot of wt. Dr,s say just excise easy said than done. l,m now taking cymbalta the pounds are coming away very slow. tell me about the provigil. julie

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    l love this provigil. l know with lexapro l gained a lot of wt. Dr,s say just excise easy said than done. l,m now taking cymbalta the pounds are coming away very slow. tell me about the provigil. so far after a week l feel so much better. julie

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    Talking Amaing!

    I Had Depression When My Husband Left For Iraq And The Dr Put Me On Effexor Xr And It Helped As Far As Anger But, I Still Wanted To Sleep 12 To 18 Hrs A Day!! It Was Completely Horrid! I Felt So Guilty! Anyway My Dr Put Me On Provigil About A Year And A Half Ago And It Is The Most Wonderful Thing Ever!!!!!!! I Wake Up And Take A 200mg Of Provigil And At About 1pm I Take One More. I Have The Energy And Stamina That I Use To! I Truely Hope That This Works For You It Has Changed My Life!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxgirl View Post
    I Had Depression When My Husband Left For Iraq And The Dr Put Me On Effexor Xr And It Helped As Far As Anger But, I Still Wanted To Sleep 12 To 18 Hrs A Day!! It Was Completely Horrid! I Felt So Guilty! Anyway My Dr Put Me On Provigil About A Year And A Half Ago And It Is The Most Wonderful Thing Ever!!!!!!! I Wake Up And Take A 200mg Of Provigil And At About 1pm I Take One More. I Have The Energy And Stamina That I Use To! I Truely Hope That This Works For You It Has Changed My Life!!!!

    Do u have to take provigil everyday or just when you need it?

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    Do I have to take it everyday to work? or just when I need it?

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    Default Provigil, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Risperdal

    My son has taken provigil for 2 school years. He only takes it on school days. It has a fast washout, so there are no withdrawal symptoms - and - there's no waiting for the effect to build (unlike most depression meds where you have to wait at least 2 wks).

    Our only concern w/ provigil is whether it caused our son's suicidal ideation 3 months after he resumed it. Quite a number of other factors are involved besides his being on provigil (family history, extreme schoolwork), so we're not ready to blame it all on the provigil. However; the neuropsychiatrist is switching him to bupropion (generic wellbutrin sr).

    The 2nd time my husband got sent off to Kuwait, I ended up on Effexor XR. It's been 4 yrs now, I take 3 x 75mg every a.m. The lows were slightly less low, but the highs (most often = fits of rage w/ my kids) definitely toned down. Risperdal just put me to sleep, which is better than leaving me free to do something drastic, but.... We ditched the risperdal & added lithium. I still dragged through every day & talked myself out of everything except computer solitaire games. Wellbutrin XL 150mg significantly improved that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geegae View Post
    I have been taking provigil for about 3 years now. I started taking it when I started only wanting to sleep. I would get up in the AM, eat, sleep until noon, eat, sleep, eat etc. It really got bad. I was first put on ritalin that worked ok but wore off too quickly. A higher dose made me sleepier. The Provigil works fairly well. I am slowly beginning to do other things besides sleep and eat although I find myself really having to force myself to do it. I do not sleep as much. Provigil does not interfere with your ability to fall asleep at night. No bad side affects as far as I know. I still do not feel things are exactly right with me there, but noone has come up with a better answer so far. I was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea and that is it. I also have been taking Effexor for 8 years. I had been on Prozac for who knows how long then the death of my father threw me for a loop and prozac no longer worked for me. I was put on Effexor which helped but am now at three times the dosage. My energy leven has never returned. I have gained a lot of weight and I am not sure if it is the eat, sleep pattern, lack of energy, medication or combination of all that has caused it. How have you or others reacted? Should I maybe change from Effexor to something else?
    Geegae
    Have you been tested for narcolepsy?

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    Heres the story

    I had a thesis draft due in 3 weeks, had 20 pages written. Friend comes over, gives me one, then leaves. Took it. Wrote over 100 pages that night, and the writing was good. very good.
    Took another one a few weeks later an hour before the presentation of the thesis. Hadnt slept in two days and was nervous as hell. The provigil not only woke me up, calmed me down, but I ended up winning first prize for my thesis.
    Took a third one the day of my first triathlon. Despite having not trained at all for swimming, I finished and did well. Wasnt even tired after.

    This is the wonder drug of all wonder drugs. But I save it for very special occasions when I need a boost. Otherwise you can have a buildup, and thats no good. I have alot of ADHD, so the effects are probably due to that. One tablet lasts 12-16 hours and it is absolutely wonderful. No side effects that I can see, except the basic not needing to eat or sleep. Once it wears off, I didnt feel any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pixie_tinker View Post
    I was recently prescribed provigil due to my constant sleepiness. I am just looking for other ppl whom have taken this drug aswell and there thoughts about it.

    Someone told me that people snort this medicine like ridlin or something is this true do ppl reall do that???

    Thank you!
    please read todays post..this is highly addictive,and VERY hard to stop.

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    Hi everyone. I haven't been on the forum for a few months, but have a question about Provigil. My pain doc prescribed it for me with a dx of "pain med-induced severe sleepiness" and my insurance co denied stating it's only for narcolepsy and a couple of other reasons. I looked up narcolepsy symptoms, and I swear it's what I have. I am going to see a sleep specialist on Feb 6th and hopefully get tested for it. I fall asleep at my desk at work daily, many many times, and go instantly into a deep dreaming sleep. I end up waking myself up to do something from a dream, or even by talking or making noises. The sleep completely overtakes me and I cannot, in any way, stop it from happening. I have an intrathecal pain pump with dilaudid, clonidine, & bupivicaine in it, thus my pain doc's dx-even tho I don't have any sleepiness due to that-never have-dosages are very small in my pain pump. I've also had a pain pump for around 6 yrs, just got my second one since batteries last 5-7 years. I can't afford the Provigil out of pocket, so I'm stuck for now. I was wondering if anyone has gotten it paid for by ins for any other dx other than narcolepsy. I'm hoping the sleep specialist will help me get it, but my pain doc also told me if I am dx'd with narcolepsy, I may never be able to drive again. Fortunately, I've not had problems (that I know of) while driving yet, but I'm scared it may start. Also, has anyone had side effects from Provigil, and what were they, if any? How is your nighttime sleep? Any info you can give me will help greatly! Thank you for reading!!! Chlobert
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    Quote Originally Posted by chlobert View Post
    Hi everyone. I haven't been on the forum for a few months, but have a question about Provigil. My pain doc prescribed it for me with a dx of "pain med-induced severe sleepiness" and my insurance co denied stating it's only for narcolepsy and a couple of other reasons. I looked up narcolepsy symptoms, and I swear it's what I have. I am going to see a sleep specialist on Feb 6th and hopefully get tested for it. I fall asleep at my desk at work daily, many many times, and go instantly into a deep dreaming sleep. I end up waking myself up to do something from a dream, or even by talking or making noises. The sleep completely overtakes me and I cannot, in any way, stop it from happening. I have an intrathecal pain pump with dilaudid, clonidine, & bupivicaine in it, thus my pain doc's dx-even tho I don't have any sleepiness due to that-never have-dosages are very small in my pain pump. I've also had a pain pump for around 6 yrs, just got my second one since batteries last 5-7 years. I can't afford the Provigil out of pocket, so I'm stuck for now. I was wondering if anyone has gotten it paid for by ins for any other dx other than narcolepsy. I'm hoping the sleep specialist will help me get it, but my pain doc also told me if I am dx'd with narcolepsy, I may never be able to drive again. Fortunately, I've not had problems (that I know of) while driving yet, but I'm scared it may start. Also, has anyone had side effects from Provigil, and what were they, if any? How is your nighttime sleep? Any info you can give me will help greatly! Thank you for reading!!! Chlobert
    I take Provigil daily for Narcolepsy. I will say this much when I was diagnosed with Narcolepsy I was informed that with Narcolepsy when I fall asleep that I never reach the REM cycle which is the dream state of sleep; therefore causing the Narcolepsy. As far as getting my medication; I am able to get it through my insurance company. It may also be helpful to know that I cannot drive due to the Narcolepsy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pixie_tinker View Post
    I was recently prescribed provigil due to my constant sleepiness. I am just looking for other ppl whom have taken this drug aswell and there thoughts about it.

    Someone told me that people snort this medicine like ridlin or something is this true do ppl reall do that???

    Thank you!
    I have been taking Provigil for years and it is wonderful; I can finally stay awake and live a normal life after being diagnosed with Narcolepsy. I take 400 mg daily when I wake up in the morning and have no problems sleeping at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavi View Post
    please read todays post..this is highly addictive,and VERY hard to stop.
    Your joking right??? Modafinil raises monoamine (serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, etc) and also increases histamine levels. The difference is that modafinil targets dopamine in regions of the brain associated with concentration, motivation, wakefullness, etc but does not activate the reward dopamine receptors to any degree like the other monoamine agonising drugs (methylphenidate, (meth)amphetamine, etc) so there is no "high" or euphoria like amphetamine at all. Unlike amphetamine, introducing a dopamine antagonist does not affect modafinil's wakefullness effects. Even if modafinil was recreational, taking too much would be pretty dangerous since modafinil increases histamine meaning one would have an allergic attack as if one was inhaling allergins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavi View Post
    please read todays post..this is highly addictive,and VERY hard to stop.
    Your joking right??? Modafinil raises monoamine (serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, etc) and also increases histamine levels. The difference is that modafinil targets dopamine in regions of the brain associated with concentration, motivation, wakefullness, etc but does not activate the reward dopamine receptors to any degree like the other monoamine agonising drugs (methylphenidate, (meth)amphetamine, etc) so there is no "high" or euphoria like amphetamine at all. Unlike amphetamine, introducing a dopamine antagonist does not affect modafinil's wakefullness effects. Even if modafinil was recreational, taking too much would be pretty dangerous since modafinil increases histamine meaning one would have an allergic attack as if one was inhaling allergins.

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    My dad-in-law has multiple sclerosis and is also taking in provigil. Works for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by futuredoc4u View Post
    My dad-in-law has multiple sclerosis and is also taking in provigil. Works for him.

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    Provigil is a medication that promotes wakefulness.

    Provigil is used to treat excessive sleepiness caused by sleep apnea, narcolepsy, or shift work sleep disorder.

    Provigil may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

    Here are some things you should know about it:
    You should not use this medication if you are allergic to modafinil or armodafanil (Nuvigil).

    Before using Provigil, tell your doctor if you have angina (chest pain), liver or kidney disease, a heart problem, a history of drug addiction, if you take blood pressure medication, or if you have recently had a heart attack.
    Provigil affects the central nervous system. This can cause effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Avoid other dangerous activity until you know how this medication will affect your level of wakefulness.

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    Red face provigil-yeah, i've taken it.

    was on provigil, concerta, ritalin, adderal. the adderall and ritalin stopped working so i was put on provigil. it didn't work at all so i took too much-like a ******** load in one week. i kept having horrible demonic dreams-like i was possessed and such. plus having delusions-caused by internet research. It made me dig real deep. real horrible experience. I have such a high tolerance to any sort of stimulant that provigil just made my life into a living hell. my advice-don't abuse it and it just might work for you. good luck

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    Red face provigil-yeah, i've taken it.

    was on provigil, concerta, ritalin, adderal. the adderall and ritalin stopped working so i was put on provigil. it didn't work at all so i took too much-like a ******** load in one week. i kept having horrible demonic dreams-like i was possessed and such. plus having delusions-caused by internet research. It made me dig real deep. real horrible experience. I have such a high tolerance to any sort of stimulant that provigil just made my life into a living hell. my advice-don't abuse it and it just might work for you. good luck.

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    Yes, Its been wonderful to have a day where I can be awake and function.
    I have only taken it 4-5 times. I have another sleep study in 3 days. My
    cpap does not seem to help for my slep apnea. I am hoping the new machine
    will take care of this prob so I don't have to need a pill to be awake for long term.
    However this is amazing that it really works as well as it does..

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    I just started taking prov when I developed the prob of suddenly falling asleep very frequently, esp while driving. Quit driving. Have sleep apnea. Do not have narcolepsy. Have only taken prov 3 days and have crushing headaches and am very agitated and have never been so cranky in my life, not to mention hyper. I'm also bipolar. My psych thinks I have developed more sleep probs despite recent sleep study as of 12/08 but can't see sleep doc til 4/29. Am afraid by then prov will skew sleep study. Not a happy camper. Anyone with similar side effects or ideas? She told me headaches could be a problem. I have NOT experienced any pleasant effects from this med. Too soon? Help?

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