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Armodafinil User Reviews & Ratings

Brand names: Nuvigil

Armodafinil has an average rating of 7.4 out of 10 from a total of 369 reviews on Drugs.com. 65% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 17% reported a negative experience.

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Reviews for Armodafinil

  • hope
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • November 2, 2020

For Depression "After 25 years of treatment-resistant depression, Nuvigil relieved my symptoms in less than 1 hour. Peace of mind, contentment, and the ability to enjoy life again. And no side effects. But can’t find a psychiatrist who will work with me on a higher dosage. Afraid of losing their license. I think they should lose it for not treating me with the only thing that has ever worked, including ECT, TMS, and ketamine. When will the medical community learn to listen to patients like me?"

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  • Kitty...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • April 1, 2021

For ADHD "I was diagnosed with ADHD, Inattentive-Type, as an adult, after both my kids were diagnosed. I tried both Concerta & Adderall, but they both caused chest pain. Vyvanse helps somewhat, but I can only take 20mg/day; I get weird side effects if I take more, so my symptoms are only partially resolved. Armodafinil is a game changer! I am able to stay connected to the real world all day. (As opposed to just existing in my own mind, and not getting anything done). It's strange to be able to act like 'normal' people do, and to realize I'm not lazy, ineffective, slovenly, etc; there's obviously some 'glitch' in my brain, and armodafinil seems to fix it."

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  • r-m-c
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • February 4, 2021

For Depression "I tried ECT, ketamine, and every medication and combination of medications known to man for 24 years. I was been hospitalized 6 times for depression. Since starting on Armodafinil in December 2018, I have had a life again. It has quite literally saved my life. I am productive, empowered and happy again. I could literally cry at any moment just to think about this."

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  • Watso...
  • August 5, 2013

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome "I have been on Nuvigil for about one year. I have fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Before Nuvigil, I couldn't stay awake. When I would have my morning coffee, I would be fighting sleep. Although I am still very tired and weak, I can stay awake for the entire day now. I feel this is the most important medicine I take. It works for both CFS and fibromyalgia."

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  • Anonymous
  • February 27, 2010

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome "I began suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome about a year ago. Didn't know I had it, just knew I was sleeping more than I was awake. Just diagnosed in January and have been taking Nuvigil since then. Started at 150 mg a day, but it wore off by mid-afternoon. I have since increased the dosage to two pills a day. I take the second pill in the afternoon and it keeps me going for another 6 hours or so. I haven't had to take a nap since I started taking the medication, and I am able to concentrate more. I feel more alert and can get much more accomplished during the day. I don't have trouble sleeping or staying asleep. This medication has been a miracle that has given me back my life."

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  • diane...
  • July 13, 2019

For Depression "I've had severe treatment resistant depression for 25 years. I tried meds, ect, tms but nothing worked. 3 years ago I was taking 4 prozac, and 2 lamictal and I was still extremely depressed. 3 years ago my doctor decided to try Nuvigil. It saved my life. And also gave me my life back. Within 1 hour after the first dose I was back to normal. I started being more social, finding hobbies, and most important of all - I had peace of mind. "

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  • BurtB...
  • April 9, 2013

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Depression "Provigil then Nuvigil (slightly less expensive) helped save my life. Took Provigil first, switched to Nuvigil (same effect) for 6.5 years now. Day one value, no side effects as far as I know. Still same dose (250mg Nuvigil, equivalent of 200mg Provigil), never increased or decreased. Effect same today as day one. Note: I've been on a 'cocktail': 20mg Lexapro and 1mg Klonopin daily, plus daily mindfulness meditation and weekly CBT. But 6.5 years of lovely life after 3 terrible episodes of major depression in under 6 years. Certainly have ups and downs, but not severe and brief. If I run out for a few days I'm grumpier, less resilient but Nuvigil greatly clarifies my thinking and energizes me. It's not for all, but a miracle for me."

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  • Abbie
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • June 26, 2019

For ADHD "Adderall, and Ritalin made me sick to my stomach, edgy, and I couldn’t sleep. The side effects were horrible and just not worth it. I am now on armodafinil. I have never in my life felt as great as I do now since taking it. I do have adult ADHD, never knew that was what my issue was. I am now focused, motivated, and don’t have “the forgets” all the time. As I said I have never felt better. I have no side effects at all. Best medicine I have ever been on. It has changed my life. Just wished I’d have been on it sooner."

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  • ZenZe...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • May 7, 2012

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Fibromyalgia "It comes down to a very basic choice: Do I want to remain semi-comatose, in pain from head to toe, or remain drugged up and semi-sentient from the cocktail of potions meant to ease my 'depression'? Nuvigil is a third, best option. Nuvigil brings back your ability to focus, concentrate, persevere, work at whatever your body can handle that day... all the things that make living productive and rewarding. Before Nuvigil, I was losing, or had lost so many parts of my personality to just existing from one prescription of Ambien, Cymbalta, Lyrica, Amitriptyline, Fluoxetine, Doxepin, Zolpidem, Hyoscyamine Sulfate, Cyclobenzaprine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Lisinopril, Methocarbamol, Propranolol, etc."

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  • Bigge...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • March 8, 2013

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome "I have had 4 back surgeries (pins, screws, plates, etc.) and both of my hips replaced, all before turning 43. Before this, I earned a Ph.D., became a Prof. in Accounting, and was rewarded multitudes of student-awarded, colleague-awarded, and superiors-rewarded accolades. Then, with all the narcotics, opioids, hospitalizations, etc., tenure was literally jerked from my grasp, and I have been forced out of three other universities since. The depression of repeated recoveries from surgery and then med withdrawals and job losses drove me into extreme depression. Got the pain under control, but it got to where I was in bed 6 out of 7 days full-time. I was taking Cymbalta, but when my Dr. tried Nuvigil, it brought me back to the happiness I had known before."

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  • Susan
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • October 7, 2020

For Depression "I have taken Armodinil before this was Nuvagil. I have major depression. I also take Trentillix. ARMODINIL HELPS ME GREATLY. IT DOES HELP PEOPLE WITH DEPRESSION. I DO NOT CARE WHAT doctors and chemist say."

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  • Life...
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • April 8, 2017

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Shift Work Sleep Disorder "I work two full-time jobs in Information Technology on a high level at both jobs. I have to be razor sharp or the effects could be catastrophic. I have been using Nuvigil for almost 16 months. When I was younger I was diagnosed with ADD and took Ritalin which helped but as I got older taking that was not realistic. Nuvigil has been a godsend. I am able to articulate my thoughts clearly, finish tasks at hand efficiently and timely, and also having ADD with Nuvigil it almost propels me in some weird microcosm of being smarter than 90% of the people around me. I am not sure how or why but that is my story and I gain nothing from this except hoping to help someone else who is lost in the woods "

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  • 12345
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • December 17, 2021

For ADHD "I was prescribed 150mg for possible ADHD. I'm a financial analyst which requires long hours at the computer analyzing numbers. I have always been okay with monotonous work but anything new or urgent sent my anxiety through the roof. My mind felt like I was in a crowd with hundreds of people talking and I couldn't focus on anything. The first day I took this my mind was quiet. I was shocked. I would be considered a type A, highly organized, methodical woman. I got good grades in school but it was a struggle to focus. This medicine has been the missing piece to my anxiety. I'm on Cymbalta for depression and anxiety and most of the time it worked well but work caused me so much anxiety still. Now I know it's because I had undiagnosed ADHD. I feel like a new woman!"

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  • Didee
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • March 13, 2018

For Depression "I have suffered from treatment resistant. severe, chronic depression for 25 years. Tried all meds wchich either didn't work or quit working, or side effects were not tolerable. I've had ECT and TMS also. About a year and a half ago my doctor prescribed Nuvigil. It saved my life! No side effects, works within an hour. It does wear off in the evening and sometimes I become depressed but I know that the next day I will be OK, unlike the endless hopelessness of depression without Nuvigil. I can't understand why none of the drug companies will conduct tests and use it to help more people in my situation."

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  • wisdo...
  • August 14, 2010

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Bipolar Disorder "My Bipolar II Disorder is horribly debilitating when my medications are not working or are in the middle of being adjusted. However, when the depression and sleep problems (racing thoughts as soon as I lie down, interrupted sleep, not sleeping at all, etc.) are added to the mix, my life becomes completely unbearable. As soon as my doctor gave me Nuvigil, it was like I became myself again! The difference was phenomenal. I felt 'normal.' It is a total miracle that I can get up and do the dishes, fold laundry, shop... all the simple things that so many people take for granted. Nuvigil gives me the energy that Bipolar Disorder steals from me."

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  • Luna
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • December 16, 2013

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Narcolepsy "I was diagnosed with Narcolepsy about 18 months ago after battling constant fatigue no matter how much sleep I received at night or how many naps I took throughout the day. Nuvigil has changed my life! I take one pill daily, and I am able to live a normal life outside of the fog that I was constantly living in before my diagnosis. I had a lot of side effects when I first started taking Nuvigil, which included headaches, dry mouth, cramping, nausea, loss of appetite, and dizziness, but those were nothing compared to being able to finally live my life fully for the first time! I felt like before I was swimming in murky water, unable to see or function, and after the medication, I can actually experience life and interact with people!"

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  • Fibro...
  • October 19, 2011

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Fibromyalgia "Just as the previous person commented... I happened upon Nuvigil/Provigil while being treated for the ugly side effects of fibromyalgia... such as sleep disorders, pain all over (in my muscles), and an overall sense of fatigue - every day. My Nuvigil actually makes me want to move. And any fibromyalgia patient would know that it is crucial for us to maintain some sort of movement every day, even exercise if we can. I think this is one of those medicines that were proposed (and approved) through the FDA for one primary condition. However, with time, we find more uses for the medication that it may work even better on other conditions. If it weren't for my doctor, I would not have found this amazing option for my condition."

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  • mdss
  • January 14, 2016

For ADHD "I was diagnosed with ADD as a child, but my parents never put me on the drugs. At 30 I decided to see how the other half lived. Concerta, Vyvance, Focalin, etc, I've been prescribed them all. Most are pretty effective, but the jitters, nerves, sleeplesness, etc. were rough. I was prescribed Nuvigil because I didn't want the amphetamine base anymore and I had heard about it. Insurance wasn't happy, but it was approved. It is fantastic. My only complaint, and I'm guessing it's pretty rare, is that it makes me sleepy for the 1st week or so until my body adjusts. After that, clarity. No jitters, no moodiness, no sleep issues, nada. The mood elevating effects are nice too. It might not work for many this way but I would be lost without it."

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  • Lynne
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • March 2, 2018

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Narcolepsy "I have been on nuvigil for almost a year now, this has been the only stimulant to work for me. I have narcolepsy and ADHD. So adderall and it’s relative medicines actually make more more of a zombie, albeit a very focused zombie. Nuvigil does not cause my heart to race ( I also have mitral valve prolapse ) it does not negatively effect my anxiety. This medicine has been a life saver for me! It does effect my ability to feel hunger. I don’t get hungry until around 2 pm but honestly, this is a good thing bc when I eat I become very tired. This is due to the nature of Narcolepsy. We are low on orexin, so when we eat what little orexin we have gets ‘turned off’. Orexin is the chemical in the brain that helps regulate wake and sleep. Orexin on means awake, orexin off means asleep. Orexin is directly effected by food intake."

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  • Onnie...
  • April 4, 2013

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Depression "I found Nuvigal to bring my life back from depression. Before Nuvigal I couldn't keep my eyes open and live my normal life with 3 boys! Now, after Nuvigal I can actually play with my kids and be a normal mother. I don't know where I would be without it. It really turned my life around for the best!"

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  • SugrA...
  • July 4, 2011

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Fibromyalgia "I suffer from Fibromyalgia along with some sort of sleep problem. My doctor gave me a trial supply of Nuvigil to help keep me awake through the day so that I could get a full night's sleep. Even if I can keep awake all day, I still can only get 3-4 hours of sleep a night, even with sleeping pills. However, I am SO glad my doctor decided to give me Nuvigil. The pain in my legs is GONE! I've had crippling pain in my legs since the onset of my Fibromyalgia (among other places). The more I walk, the worse it gets. To my surprise, after I took my first Nuvigil, the pain in my legs disappeared. What a wonderful surprise. Helps my ADD too. Now I have to beg my doctor for a prescription."

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  • vr_ti...
  • July 6, 2009

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome "Got a trial prescription for Nuvigil 150mg tablets, first day was incredible, but after a few days the effectiveness was greatly diminished. Still worked but did not have the same effect as day one. Worried about using it regularly since it is not covered by insurance and without that the cost is outrageous ($330/30 tablets). Does not leave you nervous like Ritalin, and lasts longer than Provigil. Worth trying if your health care plan covers it."

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  • Melan...
  • November 26, 2010

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Depression "I have suffered from clinical depression for years. I barely have enough energy to get out of bed. My house is a mess and so am I. My MD put me on 75 mg of Nuvigil and the effects were amazing and instant. The only side effect I had was a mild headache and sleeplessness which both went away after a few days. I am gradually getting more energy and feeling more optimistic. I can see why the Caphalon is investigating this drug for treatment of depression by the FDA. My biggest problem is the cost, as I have no insurance. I can't pay 1/3 of my income each month for a pill. I qualify for the patient assistance program, so will try that. Otherwise I don't know what to do, as the MD has only given me perhaps a month of samples."

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  • Anonymous
  • January 21, 2013

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Bipolar Disorder "It's been a rough 29 years discovering, living with and losing things because of bipolar, ADHD,and OCD! Tried literally every medicine under the sun, (ours and prob a couple other solar systems too.). So many my doc looked me in my eye and told me that I might "just have to learn how to live" with my head, mind, thoughts, and lack of actions, or intestinal fortitude as your father calls it, he's Air Force retired after 22 yrs. Suicidal thoughts all the time. Given all my possessions away. Stood on the bridge, the roof, and had the gun in my hand, but I always held on, cause I knew their was something like NUVIGIL out there somewhere, I just had to hang on long enough. If not for NUVIGIL I wouldn't have been able to focus long enough to write this!"

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  • Kris
  • December 7, 2013

Nuvigil (armodafinil) for Narcolepsy "I have Idiopathic Hypersomnia with long sleep time. Before Nuvigil, I would sleep 16-20 hours per day, and nothing could keep me awake. This medicine has completely changed my life. I am on the highest dosage (250mg). At first, the medicine gave me a terrible headache and made me feel somewhat sick to my stomach. After about two to three weeks, the side effects almost completely subsided. I feel like a normal person now. I take the medicine early in the morning when my first alarm goes off. Sometimes, I fall back to sleep, or I can stay up and relax watching T.V or something. An hour or two later it is easy to wake. Energy throughout the day, and doesn't keep me up at night. This allows me to live "normally". I feel little to no side effects and get sleepy before bedtime, energized all day."

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