I was approved for Aderrall, but learned it was a narcotic. After more research, I see that it is basically pharmaceutical grade amphetamine. A friend suggested Nuvigil, but didn't know if it was a narcotic. I know people on Aderrall and some of them act just like meth heads. One friend went from 195 pounds to 150 in under six months. He's six foot five inches and looks like, well, a meth head. I'm trying to avoid medicine like that. I suffer from narcolepsy and it has gotten worse. Any help about Nuvigl would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
Is Nuvigil a narcotic like Aderrall?
Question posted by jrodjuiceman on 17 June 2012
Last updated on 8 March 2022 by CPhTGirl
Adderall is not a narcotic. It is a highly controlled medication but can be taken safely. Nuvigil is also not a narcotic.
Nuvigil has is very exspensive. My insurance won’t cover it. I went on-line to Good RX ! I registered and they sent me a pharmacy card. Good RX gives you a list of the cheapest pharmacies that offer what ever drug you search. Nuvigil was listed at Safeway for only $37.50! It beats the listed price with no insurance coverage of $700. It works! Try it.
its not a narcotic but it is controlled in the US. im being given it off label by my Psychiatrist barbecue of complex sleep issues and in my case we have run out of meds for sleep. im taking 100mg in the morning ((i take a host of meds at night to sleep but im just as drained in the morning as if i hadn't slept, i have a few sleep and other health issues.)) it took me a few weeks to adjust to it with me being wired and for the first day dizzy, but as ive been taking it, ive been able to function during the day and maintain a mostly stable sleep pattern. i have had some minor loss of appetite, but by keeping an alarm to remind me to eat regularly ive not had any major wight loss outside of the diet i was on for having been very over wight.
As of now Nov. 1, 2017 Nuvigil now comes generic as Armodafanil. It costs me $263 at Walgreens for 30 days but you have to have a sleep study to determine apnea..
At least I did. Only works great if you are well rested and not on any other sedating meds
I take 250 mg per day and have been for years. It is extremely expensive, for me it is over $1,000. I lost my job and with no insurance, there was no way I could afford my Nuvigil prescription. I contacted Tevacare which is part of Teva Pharmaceuticals, I believe they manufacture the drug. They allowed me to apply for a financial hardship program due to my circumstances. I filled out the application along with a cover letter and was approved to receive this medicine free for up to a year as long as my financial situation remained the same. I was elated and so thankful to Tevacare for this program. I would not be able to function without it. I've tried and have seriously injured myself from falling asleep while simply going about my day. Thank You Tevacare! This is NOT a paid endorsement.
I've noticed these responses are from about a year ago,and wanted to add... Nuvigil is not $600 a month. At least not now. It's $221 at Walgreens. My insurance covers, so I'm blessed. I have a severe case of shift work disorder, and one of many symptoms are narcolepsy. Nuvigil works very well for this and I haven't noticed any serious side effects.
BTW it IS a controlled substance...
is not a narcotic it is a great drug if you can afford it it is normally not covered by any insurance if it is covered it is a small amount this drug cost about $600 a month it was prescribed to me for narcolepsy and it and has helped me greatly however I can no longer afford it so I stopped taking it it does not suppress your appetite but keeps you awake and at least for me it was not habit forming
Nuvigil and Provigil are considered controlled substances. They are scheduled in the same class as hydrocodiene. Which means it can be called into pharmacy. Provigil was the first of this type of medications. Not a lot of insurance companies cover these 2 medications and sometimes a prior authorization is needed. There is a generic out now for the provigil but not for novigil. These are in a similar class to amphetamines but they are metabolized differently. With Amphetamines like adderall and vyvanse you have to have a paper prescription signed by the doctor. Amphetamines can't be called in. For ADD there's other types of medications that aren't stimulate type drugs. Wellbutrin, strattera and intuniv you can discuss with your doctor if you don't want to take the stimulant type medications or you've tried them and you didn't like or work for you. Keep in mind that all medications don't always work the same for everyone.
I just want to add, for anyone who comes later, that Nuvigil can be abused and it can also create physical and mental dependency. My doctor told me it was "mild" and "not habit forming" when he first prescribed it for idiopathic hypersomnia and chronic fatigue. But after a few weeks, the prescribed dose quit working and I had to raise it. That happened over and over and I became very addicted to it. So I decided it was time to stop. When I stopped, I fell into a severe depression and severe fatigue - way, way worse than before I started it. It was more damaging to me than actual amphetamines.
But everyone is different and this reaction to the drug isn't that common, I don't think. But I wanted to give you fair warning anyway, just in case. I didn't want what happened to me to happen to anyone else. Nuvigil took three years of my life before I could finally get off it for good.
I have taken Nuvigil for hypersomnia. It did not make me lose weight and did not speed me up like an amphetamine. It is a slow release formula so is gradually dispersed in the blood stream throughout the day and I found it to work very well. My insurance company decded after I had taken for a year that they would no longer pay so I had to switch to Provigil, similar to Nuvigil though without the time release. I liked the Nuvigil much better.
Nuvigil is classed as a narcotic however Adderall is a schedule 2 narcotic, which is on the level of morphine, dilaudid etc. Nuvigil is a schedule 4, on a level with ativan and xanax. It does not carry as many side effects nor does it have weight loss as one. With narcolepsy, you require a stimulant to be able to function right and you have to weigh the benefits with the side effects, and Nuvigil is worth a try. Your friend could be on too much adderall or he just doesn't respond well to it. His situation with medications doesn't have to be yours. Why don't you look up Nuvigil side effects and see if you can live with them? Here's a web site for you on it. Keep in mind that you may not have any of the side effects and it might return your life to normal. https://www.drugs.com/sfx/nuvigil-side-effects.html
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