I'd like to hear your comments on this med? I have also been taking it, on and off, for the last 7 years. I haven't had any problems with it whatsoever. However, I have a new doc and this man is supposed to be an expert on drugs and he's giving me the world's hardest time about writing the script. Just yesterday he sat there saying it's an amphetamine. I happen to be very familiar with amphetamines, and Provigil is not an amphetamine. Then he called it a stimulant, and again I said it is not a stimulant. It simply makes it easier to stay without sleep if you must, such as being a night worker, or if you have a sleep disorder and you get all broken sleep. This is my problem. On many days I can barely stay awake all day without Provigil. It doesn't make me speedy at all. I have also found that if I want to sleep after taking it I can. But if I must stay awake, Provigil makes it a bit easier. But this doc is insisting it's going to be addictive. I did know 1 woman who said she felt speedy from it. But I do not.
First let me share what the literature says about Provigil:
Abuse Potential and Dependence
In addition to its wakefulness-promoting effect and increased locomotor activity in animals, in humans, Provigil produces psychoactive and euphoric effects, alterations in mood, perception, thinking and feelings typical of other CNS stimulants. In in vitro binding studies, modafinil binds to the dopamine reuptake site and causes an increase in extracellular dopamine, but no increase in dopamine release. Modafinil is reinforcing, as evidenced by its self-administration in monkeys previously trained to self-administer cocaine. In some studies, modafinil was also partially discriminated as stimulant-like. Physicians should follow patients closely, especially those with a history of drug and/or stimulant (e.g., methylphenidate, amphetamine, or cocaine) abuse.
Patients should be observed for signs of misuse or abuse (e.g., incrementation of doses or drug-seeking behavior).
The abuse potential of modafinil (200, 400, and 800 mg) was assessed relative to methylphenidate (45 and 90 mg) in an inpatient study in individuals experienced with drugs of abuse. Results from this clinical study demonstrated that modafinil produced psychoactive and euphoric effects and feelings consistent with other scheduled CNS stimulants (methylphenidate).
So based on the research it is similar in action to other stimulants though chemically different in how it achieves this effect. Hence why your doctor is probably hestitating prescribing this medication.
I take a similar medication to Provigil called Nuvigil and have found it very effective against my hypersomnia. I had to have a sleep study done before I could get the prescription to rule out sleep apnea as the cause of my hypersomnia. I don't have sleep apnea. Have you ever had a sleep study done to determine why you might have a problem with excessive sleepiness? Might want to check into this. The doctor might be more willing to work with you on the issue if you approach as such.
Hey there! I too was RX Provigil for working night shifts. This drug did not help me in staying awake during my night shifts nor allow me to function during the day when sleep was not an option. I too know stimulants and amphetamines, and can say Provigil (to me) doesnt fit in with stimulants. (Not a Doc, just my life education speaking). Good luck in finding a dr that will listen to YOU!!!
I take modafinil! I use to study, I use it face this world that does not give as the possibility to sleep 8 hours each night and I use it because it keeps the brain alive. I do not care if people think otherwise and I would appreciate not getting lectures and study-case articles..bla bla it makes me feel awake and I feel concentrate but if I am tired I can sleep and I do not have tachycardia or sleeping problems. it just helps me to keep my brain concentrate for at least 12 hours a day. My life improved since I found modafinil and I would recommend it to anyone too stressed or anyone that feels the need for more than 8 hours of sleep a day. no need for prescription..there are so many sites that have good quality meds and no lectures ! I wish luck with everything and hope you will find the way to feel ok and not struggle through the day. Bye Cry
Provigil was the first "awake" drug I took for ESD and it did well for a while. It lessened my depression and made me more socialable to boot. Then I started falling asleep a few hours after taking it. My doctor moved me on to Nuvigil.
Thor283, I've actually moved on from Nuvigil which wasn't strong enough to Ritalin which had too much of a crash on the tail end. I'm on dextroamphetamine now and it's helping immensely. Anything can be addictive if the right personality gets ahold of it. Your doctor should worry about helping you first (it's the hippocratic oath) then concern himself with possible addiction last.
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