I've been on nightshift for a couple months now (5:00PM to 3:30AM Sometimes 5:30AM or later) but I just got off work and had a couple of near misses tonight. My Dr prescribed provigil but insurance isnt working out and I need prior authorization... 763.00 for 30 day supply is out of my price range. Anyway will this medication help with paying attention to what I'm doing? I know a lot of my lack of focus has to do with sleepiness. I just lack the drive I had on dayshift and when I'm tired/groggy I can be a bit of a hot head. I'm trying to find solutions for the problem but I wanted to get some feedback from people with experience because like myself no one I've spoken to has even heard of it. My main priority is safety, I have a family and everybody I work with wants to get home safely. Working in a fab shop has many potentially fatal risks involved and being a leadman I cant afford for someone to get hurt or killed because my circadian rhythm is screwed up. Thanks everyone for the help.
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Yes, Provigil will definitely help. I take a very similar drug to Provigil called Nuvigil and it keeps me alert and focused for a good 12 hours from the time I take it. It acts like a stimulant though it is not considered one. I had to have prior authorization as well. Usually, just a matter of your doctor contacting the insurance company and explaining why you need the medication. Night shift work is one of the reasons it is prescribed so the insurance company should not bulk.
LaurieShay is right. I have known several patients that say that it helps them focus tremendously. What I wanted to alert you to is something that doctors are just now diagnosing as "shift workers' syndrome" or "shift work sleep disorder". It is a real problem that affects workers like yourself. I would encourage you to read up on it because, like medication, knowledge is also effective in keeping you healthy. Good luck and stay safe!
- Provigil Information for Consumers
- Provigil Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Provigil (detailed)
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