... has been debilitating. My doctor just gave me a rx for provigil to help with the fatigue and exhaustion. Was wondering if anyone else is taking provigil for fatigue if so has it helped?
I took Provigil for a while for CFS/FM. I liked it at first, but every day I didn't take it, my fatigue was even worse. After a few months, it didn't do me any good. It no longer kept me awake.
From what I can tell on this web site, it appears that Provigil is simply an amphetamine--or at the very least, it is a lot like an amphetamine. I learned that Provigil is an analeptic, which is defined as:
1. Strengthening, stimulating, or invigorating.
2. A restorative remedy.
3. A central nervous system stimulant, particularly used to denote agents that reverse depressed central nervous system function.
[G. analēptikos, restorative]
In other words, they are both central nervous system stimulants. Personally, I would not take them.
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2002 and the fatigue, pain and brain fog are debilitating. I am a health professional and cannot afford to miss small details at work, and I was really struggling. My MD put me on 200mg of Provigil per day and it has made a huge (positive!!) difference in how my day goes. I am much more mentally alert, able to multi task much better etc. I have noticed if I forget to take it I can really tell a difference in my energy level. You should not become jittery after taking it because it is not an amphetamine and works differently, although I noticed that if I drink caffeine with it I can start to feel a little buzzy. In all, it has been a real God send and has made my life so much better.
- Provigil Information for Consumers
- Provigil Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Provigil (detailed)
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