The Par brand seems good, but other generics have decreased effectiveness or NO effect at all. I end up feeling extremely sleepy and in a fog all day. Now, the pharmacy has informed me that they can no longer order the Par brand. My insurance will only cover generic. I've called other pharmacies in the area, but none carry the Par brand. I hate to waste my money on a generic brand that isn't effective for me. Provigil has helped me live a normal life and I am so thankful for that. What would you suggest?
Have you tried checking with the pharmacies online? I'm not talking about the ones that say they are cheaper, etc. I mean ones like walgreens, cvs, and walmart. Check what kind they carry if you don't have one of them near you. One little hint. With drugs like this, sometimes pharmacies don't give much info over the phone, but if you go into the pharmacies you can get a true answer.
I've taken Provigil for years. WHen it went to generic I, too, found it less effective. My doctor writes for brand only on script and strangely enough my insurance agreed to it. Another option is see if your insurance and doc will write script for Nuvigil which is very similar to Provigil.
I experienced the exact same thing. I can't afford the name brand though, and at least get some effect from the generic--But I'm AMAZED at the difference--Including the difference between different manufacturers of the generics! To think we're supposed to have safe drugs--Yet obviously these drugs that are supposed to be the same are not.
A note on Nuvigil--Although this may be an option for some, Nuvigil effects me a lot differently. It gives me more PHYSICAL energy than Provigil--But NOT the same mental sharpness. I still have mental fog with Nuvigil.
Plus, I feel more "after effect" with Nuvigil. Not nearly as bad as taking something like Adderall (where I feel I've aged a year overnight if I take), but noticeably more tired the "day after". Whereas with Provigil, I actually feel BETTER the next day (even if I skip taking--I try not to take every day because I believe I get hair loss from it). Eventually the Provigil "wears off" & by the time the FOLLOWING night arrives, I'm tired--But not any more than "normal".
Finally I'll add, that the generics of Provigil tend to keep me up at night--Whereas with Provigil, even though it made me feel NORMAL and AWAKE and where I could stay up all day without a problem... If I DID take (even) an afternoon nap--I could fall asleep on Provigil NO PROBLEM. Generics not the same.
There is a generic version of Provigil made by CEPHALON the original manufacturer of Provigil. It has worked very well for me. I called the manufacturer, CEPHALON, as to its availability and they said it was available and pharmacies can special order it for me from their suppliers. They gave me names of some of the pharmacy chains that would do this and Rite Aid did. I have to call ahead every month so they will order it and have it in on time for me.
Also Nuvigil is terrible. All it did was give me brain fog. Good luck.
I have had the same experience. The generic provigil gets me out of bed but i can do little else.
I've been taking Provigil for over 10 years. Righr now im with Kaiser, which up until yesterday, carried the Cephelon generic. When I went to pick up my Rx, they informed me that they now carry a different brand generic and Its one I've never used before. Here's the thing, I'm in the insurance "donut hole" paying a much larger out of pocket and they want almost $400.00! If I wait til Jan 1st, I will pay my normal co pay of $15.00.
As you all know, I need it to get at least some hours wakefulness during the day. I can't afford to spend $400 on medicine that very well may not work as well, or not at all!
I decided to ask my doctor, who is wonderful, to re write the Rx for a lesser #of pills, so I can try it for less money. Who wants to be saddled with useless medicine that costs a fortune, with no refund no exchange possible???
Bottom line is... All generics are NOT created equally. The FDA has guidelines for generics which give the manufactures leeway as to the amount of active ingredient used.
I cannot recall the particulars but it is worth looking up. It opened my eyes. Don't believe it when they tell you generic is exactly the same as brand name!
"For the FDA to approve a generic drug, it must be the same as the brand-name product in:
Use and effect
How you take it (for example as a pill, inhaler, or liquid)
Ability to reach the required level in the bloodstream at the right time and to the same extent
The FDA does allow up to a variation of 3.5% in the absorption rate, but this applies to brand name medications as well as generics.
- Provigil Information for Consumers
- Provigil Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Provigil (detailed)
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