i've had mild depression for a while now but i refused to be hooked up on SSRI even though my doc still gives them to me. i heard about this drug and i wanted to ask if it can be used to treat mild depression because its relatively safer compared to the alternatives.
Provigil and the newer version called nuvigil are medications prescribed for sleep disorders. That being said, they act on the brain chemical dopamine which is one of the chemicals that affects mood. A common sympyom of depression is sleeping too much and this medication helps with that. So it will help to treat some of the depression but not necessarily all of it, if that makes sense.
I take both nuvigil and an antidepressant and the combination works very well for me. I had to have a sleep study done before my insurance would pay for this medication. It is very expensive otherwise.
Hope this helps,
I suffer from various depressions and over sleepiness due to either the medications that I take, CFS, Narcolepsy, and really at the end of the day, we don't know, can't tell for sure, and who really cares. So, I can't stay awake without help. I take Nuvigil. I really can't say in all honesty that I felt any mood lifting effects from the drug, it just and only just helped keep me a bit more awake, and that was it, nothing more. There was a month that I had no insurance, so the doctor kindly switched me just for that month to Ritilan (schedule 2 drug vs. Nuvigil schedule 4), a much much much cheeper solution with the same basic outcome, except I built a tolerance to it within the month (thus part of the reason that it's schedule 2, you need more of it to maintain the same effect, in addition to the high abuse potential).
Ritilan did have a mood uplifting effect. As far as a drug for sleepiness, Nuvigil was way better cause of the tolerance thing - couldn't wait to go back on it at the end of the month. As far as an antidepressant, not for me. So, hope that that is of some help to you.
I have found that I have been able to reduce my Prozac dosage while taking Provigil. I never found the Prozac to be addictive in any way. In fact, I have been able to discontinue it for short periods of time (not recommended). If your concernd about dependency, then Provigil is more addictive than any other SSRI or anti-depressants and I would be cautious in taking it for that purpose. Not to mention, insurance is much less likely to cover it since you really have to jump through the hoops for them to pay. Hope this helps!
- Provigil Information for Consumers
- Provigil Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Provigil (detailed)
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