I suffered a TBI almost 2yrs ago & continue to experience tremendous exhaustion. It is difficult for me to work a 4-hr day. This med was prescribed for me almost a year ago. I declined, hoping the exhaustion would abate. Instead, it has worsened. I'm divorced, 55yrs old & the financial strain is enormous. I'm rethinking my decision about this med but would like more information about others in my situation. Lastly, I feel fortunate that I suffered no cognitive impairment. However, I'm unable to utilize my skills or re-enter my career due to excessive daily exhaustion. Prior to the TBI I had great physical & mental endurance. Otherwise, I am in very good health & hope to remain financially independent & contribute to the work force for another 2 decades. How much help may I expect from this type of med?
I don't know if it will work on you, but I guess your Doc thinks it might. I take it for chronic exhaustion and it does help a lot. I've been taking it on & off since 2006. I can give you some pointers with it. Provigil isn't exactly addictive, but if you use it daily for long periods you may develop a tolerance after a few years. So on days you don't really need it, I'd take a break from it. I also noticed that daily use results in additional fatigue when you stop. But if you use it only 4 days a week that shouldn't happen. I've also noticed it can take 2 hrs to stop feeling tired. The bad thing is it lasts longer than I would wish. So be sure to take it immediately upon awakening.
There really aren't many drugs to fight chronic exhaustion. The other one Doc's might try is Adderall. Six years ago I had to take Adderall several months because I couldn't get coverage for Provigil. Adderall has real amphetamines in it. It doesn't have Methamphetamine in it, and that's good. Nevertheless, Adderall is really addictive. When you stop taking it you can go through some nasty withdrawal symptoms. So I think Provigil is much better. If you must take something to fight fatigue, I'd go with Provigil over Adderall. If you really need it, and you sound like do, try it.
- Provigil Information for Consumers
- Provigil Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Provigil (detailed)
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