Can i replace Nuvigil with Aderall?
Nuvigil is a prescription medication used to help people stay awake and alert. More specifically, the drug is approved to treat people with excessive sleepiness due to the following sleep disorders:
*Sleep apnea (known medically as obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome or OSAHS)
*Shift work sleep disorder (SWSD), a problem in people who work night shifts or who frequently change between day and night work shifts.
Nuvigil is a monopoly molecule which has no generic in the market, so maybe it is expensive.
Adderall is a prescription medication that is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy. Because Adderall is an amphetamine and is commonly abused, there are special rules for prescribing it.
Adderall is available as generics as the patent has expired.
Both meds are different to each other, please do not change your meds without seeking the advice of the doc who prescribed Nuvigil.
Take care, best wishes!
I took Nuvigil for a year before my insurance decided they would no longer pay for it because I did not have one of the diagnosises it it to be prescribed for. I have hypersomnia and Nuvigil is not FDA approved for that. So I had to temporarily switch to Adderall until I could get my insurance to approve Provigil. Provigil is very similar to Nuvigil. I took the Adderall for a short time and though I did not like it as well as the Nuvigil, it did keep me awake. I took the extended release formula. I prefer the Nuvigil because it is not addictive as the Adderall and there is less of a hyped up feeling.
You might ask your insurance company if they will approve Provigil. Can't explain why my insurance company will allow one and not the other, but that is the case so I now take Provigil at higher than the FDA recommended dose. Incidentally, the Provigil is more expensive out-of-pocket than the Nuvigil, but that is what my insurance would pay for so I had to accept their stupidity. Ooops, did I say that... lol Worth asking the insurance company about though.
This medication is very expensive. My Dr. prescribed me samples, and my insurance has refused it also. Here is what you need to do; If it is refused by one Dr., you may need a second opinion!! Another opinion got me the medicine but it was through a Psychiatrist. My Primary care physician could not get it approved due to the expense. The cost is what keeps your insurance from paying. I'm sure you received a letter saying there were cheaper alternatives as I did. You need to ask for a State hearing and the answer will usually be a yes. Not that many people go this far to get a medication. They will settle for another. If you feel you NEED this med. please do as I say and you should be able to receive it!
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