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User Reviews for Armodafinil to treat Drowsiness

Also known as: Nuvigil

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Armodafinil Rating Summary

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6.0/10 Average Rating
31 ratings from 35 user reviews

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Reviews for Armodafinil

Sleepy · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 15, 2020

“I do not feel anything when I take my 150mg of armadofinal....I am extremely tired even after I take it why?”

1 / 10
Sleepyhead · Taken for less than 1 month December 8, 2019

“I just started Armodafinil today and got really sleepy about 1.5 hrs after taking it. Now I am going on 18 hrs of awakeness...cannot fall asleep despite my eyes fighting to close and being tired. Sleep won't come.”

5 / 10
Student U · Taken for less than 1 month October 9, 2019

“Armodafini makes me feel more sleepy. I feel dizzy, nauseous and after taking the pill I get migraines. It so weird that I have this side effects. At the same time I can feel my heart rate rising. After these symptoms I didn’t use it again.”

Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 26, 2019

“I'm recently diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia. It's affected my life since I was a teen. I'm now 37. I've been on Armodafinil (mnfr: Mylan) about 3 months. The first 2 months was 150 mg with no relief of symptoms and an increase in headaches/migraines. Sleeping nearly all day. My dose was increased to 250 mg which I'm currently on for nearly 4 weeks still no relief. I feel like it makes me more tired. I still sleep a lot throughout the day and evening. I get a full night's sleep as well. I still have an increase in headaches/migraines along with occasional nausea. I read a previous review about the generic brand manufactured by Mylan not working as well as the generic manufactured by the name brand manufacturer or the name brand itself. I don't know if there's a difference between them. Armodafinil produced by Mylan is all I've tried. I really hoped this medicine would change the quality of my life, but it didn't. I'm happy it has worked for some people.”

1 / 10
Sage · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 28, 2018

“Brand Nuvigil (150mg) was remarkably effective in waking my brain and keeping me from sleeping all day. It was a life changer for me for a few months, until, for insurance reasons, I was given generic Armodafinil manufactured by Mylan. It was completely ineffective. My Dr. recommended an increase in dose to 1 1/2 tabs, then 2 tabs (300mg) with absolutely no effectiveness, not even a side effect. There are similar reviews and reports of ineffectiveness well documented by people all over the web about the Mylan Armodafinil generic. There is another manufacturer of generic Armodafinil-- Teva. I had to call around to different pharmacies to find this generic, but it was well worth it as it is working for me. Interestingly, Teva also makes the brand name Nuvigil. Hmmm.”

2 / 10
Katerina1003 August 29, 2017

“Diagnosis of Idyopathic Hyposomnia about 15 months ago, prescribed Modafinil 4 tbs a day. Over time lasting power decreased dramatically. 3weeks ago was prescribed Armodafinil. Side effects are quite debilitating, Dizziness, nausea, and and a big increase in migraine headaches. The overwhelming sleepiness is bad, impacting on daily life. Finding Armodafinil is only lasting about 6 hours so definitely no night driving. I can really feel the come down as it wears off. Disappointed as I was really hoping for some improvement in life quality.”

4 / 10
Coolman408 August 25, 2017

“I've been on this medication off and on for 2 years now for my add and hypersomnia, and it works. I was also prescribed ritalin. I think the ritalin works a little better but doesn't last that long. So I take one nuvigil in the morning and two 10mg tablets of ritalin in late afternoon.”

Tech Mama · Taken for 1 to 2 years May 25, 2017

“I've taken 250 mg Nuvigil for years, the product gave me my life back. I can't express how significant it was finding a medication that could wake up my brain, and allow me to function. August 2016, Mylan release the first generic version. My insurance company immediately quit covering Branded Nuvigil. Week one - I realized it was 50% effective at keeping me awake. Followed by increasing anxiety, insomnia, inability to complete complex tasks, memory issue due to mental fog. Dr compensated - adding medications for the side effects. Three weeks ago, given a trial of branded Nuvigil - the difference is amazing. No anxiety, no insomnia, accomplishing more at work in a week - than I have in two months.”

Akm27 April 6, 2017

“Taking Nuvigil 200 mg for daytime sleepiness due to Multiple Sclerosis.”

8 / 10
NJR37 · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 9, 2016

“I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Hypersomnia and was prescribed nuvigil. I started with 150mg. The 1st week was great, I felt like I had my life back and was enjoying it. The 2nd week wasn't as good but was better than what it was before. The 3rd week I was fatigued around 2pm and the 4th week I was back to fatigue all day. The Dr. increased my dosage to 200mg. I've been on that for the past 5 days and I am now back to how I was before. Side effects have been headaches and slight nausea on the 150mg however on 200mg I get extremely nauseous about 12 hours after taking the pill. Waiting for Dr. to call me back.”

6 / 10
SleepyAnon December 4, 2015

“Diagnosed with Idiopathic Hypersomnia over 10 years ago after a battery of sleep tests in my teenage years. Repeat tests since have yielded repeat results. The mysterious exclusionary diagnosis with little to no research or breakthroughs in so many years is frustrating. Started off taking Provigil to semi-favorable results, but the wakefulness did not last longer than a few hours. When Nuvigil came out, my doctor switched me and it's worked well enough, all things considered. At this point in my diagnosis, I don't remember what it's like to feel truly rested, but referencing days I take Nuvigil to those I don't, I see a marked difference. I take 250mg dosage and it is a definite improvement. Insurance won't cover it though, which sucks.”

8 / 10
Jade Aurora · Taken for less than 1 month July 1, 2013

Nuvigil (armodafinil): “I've been fighting with sleep issues for 9 years now, and was just diagnosed with Idiopathic Hypersomnia this Wednesday. I've been taking 250mg/day of Nuvigil since Friday morning. The medication worked great during the day on Friday. I used to sleep somewhere between 12 - 18 hours per day, and would fall asleep any time. I was relaxed up until then. However, I couldn't sleep Friday night at all. Took it again Saturday morning after no sleep, and it dragged me through the day. Still couldn't force myself to sleep Saturday night. Finally slept 3 hours last night after experiencing hallucinations. Hoping I'll acclimate well after a few weeks, as Friday I felt better during the day than ever before. Want that feeling back again.”

8 / 10
loveheals87 · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 23, 2013

Nuvigil (armodafinil): “This medicine was the best thing that ever happened to me. That is, during the short amount of time that it actually did work. The side effects and it's ability to keep me awake came on hard and strong. I was emotionally unstable for about 3 days but that passed quickly. Then I was off to bigger and better things. I was busy all the time and started accomplishing things. I also started to lose a little weight and morphed into this social butterfly. It was awesome. Then it started to level off and before I knew it, I was napping again and back to my usual depressed self. Doctor kept upping the dosage til I got to the highest dosage twice a day and it still didn't work. So I've been taken off Nuvigil and am moving onto some other ADHD meds.”

6 / 10
Karen9237 · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 9, 2012

Nuvigil (armodafinil): “Diagnosed with Hypersomnia. Prescribed 150 mg Nuvigil 1 x day. This medication made me extremely talkative for the first few days to the point of annoyance to others and even myself. Though it curbed my extreme need for napping and did make me feel somewhat more 'alive' during the day, the side effects, for me, far outweighed the benefits. Chills, daily headaches, feeling feverish with no temperature throughout the two months I took Nuvigil. Daily stomach pain and irritability and changes in my behavior to include sadness and crying episodes, feeling overwhelmed, feelings as if I were 'losing it'. I stopped taking Nuvigil two wks ago and no more side effects!!!!”

5 / 10
tired of tired · Taken for less than 1 month July 29, 2012

Nuvigil (armodafinil): “I suppose I am in the first stages of figuring out what causes me to be tired all the time. I am frustrated, and memories are flooding in of the onset of my tiredness. I remember falling asleep in every class in 9th grade at the age of 14. I always assumed my tiredness was from one reason or another. With that said, recently I have been back and forth to the doctor for four months now. This last time he prescribed Nuvigil, and wants to order a sleep study. I was so excited at the prospect of feeling awake, and to my dismay I have not felt anything good. Headaches mainly, tired, anxiety, emotional, spaciness, and even on 200mg took a 2 hour nap. Been on 150mg dose still tired and don't feel as much anxiety and spaciness. ”

2 / 10
dantri2 · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 29, 2012

Nuvigil (armodafinil): “I have been on Nuvigil for several years for alertness, or lack thereof, and attention issues. I have had little side effects and don't think I could function properly without it. Initially, there was a bit of insomnia for a few days, but that passed and all is well since. Last week I ran out and had to wait a week to get the script through the mail. Ugh! I could not get up in the morning after 8-9 hrs of sleep, I walked around all day in a fog and was afraid I would fall asleep at work. This continued throughout the week and did not seem to get any better. Finally, my medicines came in, took it this morning and it was like the sun had come out and could function again. Not all medicines work for everyone, but for those it helps it is a lifesaver!”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 2 years May 11, 2012

Nuvigil (armodafinil): “I have been taking Nuvigil for over a year. It has been a great thing for me. I was starting to be afraid to drive, even in the morning after a good night sleep. My doctor helped me by prescribing the 250 mg and I split them. I keep myself able to manage with the 125 mg by only taking it the days that I work, and skipping one day midweek that I schedule heavily with more physical stuff to keep me alert. I also notice anxiety building if I take it daily for several weeks, or don't get enough sleep while I am taking it.”

8 / 10
mandiferus September 1, 2011

Nuvigil (armodafinil): “Nuvigil was not for me. I felt very drugged and groggy. Dry mouth and eyes. I also found myself staring into space a lot and my skin was tingly. I felt way more tired than I did before I took Nuvigil. I didn't dare drive while taking this medication. I switched back to Concerta at a higher dose than I was taking before and it is working very well for me. I feel completely normal.”

1 / 10
Anonymous August 22, 2011

Nuvigil (armodafinil): “I began taking Nuvigil for Idiopathic Hypersomnia about two weeks ago. I have found it works well. I like that I don't get that "speed" effect. I still feel like I could take a nap during the day, I just don't have as strong of a desire to. I think I am developing a tolerance for it, though. The main problem that I have with this medication though is that after being on it about a week and a half I noticed that I had some spotting. I have been on my birth control for over a year and that has NEVER happened. ”

8 / 10
StuDoc August 9, 2011

Nuvigil (armodafinil): “Keeps me awake somewhat, but gives me terribly terrible headaches.”

4 / 10
LaurieShay January 21, 2011

Nuvigil (armodafinil): “Significantly improved my quality of life with the only side effect being minor occasional headache.”

9 / 10
Anonymous October 19, 2010

Nuvigil (armodafinil): “I've taken Nuvigil for 4 days. Only other medicine I take is Effexor XR for depression. My doctor kept telling the tiredness and fatigue was related to depression and if I could get past that I'd be okay. After trying 3 different anti-depressants and upping the dose of Effexor to more than the manufacturer's suggested dose, I decided to have a sleep study and found I have hypersomnia. First day I took 150mg Nuvigil and couldn't go to sleep until 4am. The next 3 days I've taken half a pill (75mg) and been pretty good alert wise and still able to fall asleep at night. However, this morning I took half a Nuvigil and fell back asleep for 2 hours. Maybe just need time to adjust to best dose for me. Haven't had side effects but feel ready to go go go!”

8 / 10
lifestory21 September 30, 2010

Nuvigil (armodafinil): “I am 24 years old, I was just recently diagnosed with Idiopathic hypersomnia and have no other medical issues. I have been fighting this for as long as my memory will take me. I have been prescribed 150mg of Nuvigil per day. So far it's day 3 and still no side effects, I still don't have the feeling of a wakefulness and energy that everyone else has been talking about. I know it's only been 3 days but I'm anxious to know what it feels like to be awake and not fight anymore. I'm beginning to lose hope already and I want to say I actually feel sleepier but it could just be the rain.”

1 / 10
ccotton September 13, 2010

Nuvigil (armodafinil): “My doctor wanted me to try a long acting morphine, taken every 12 hours. I was concerned about the sleepiness issue as I was taking many pain medications. So she also prescribed 250 mg of Nuvigil. Like some of these reviews, it was fine for a while but I started noticing late afternoon sleepiness. I was already on the highest dosage. My doctor said it was okay to take half the tablet with the medications I take on rising in the morning and the other half later in the morning. It's made a wonderful difference in my ability to focus and stay awake during the day and I don't have any problems falling asleep at night. It's greatly improved my quality of life and ability to continue working.”

10 / 10
jk13 April 28, 2010

Nuvigil (armodafinil): “I have anxiety/panic attacks and fibromyalgia. Fun! So, unfortunately I get sick with Lyrica at higher doses where it actually kills the fibromyalgia pain. After months of trial and errors, we've finally found that 100mg of Pristiq, 20mg of Methadone, 225mg of Lyrica and 300mg of Tramadol is the only thing that will stop the pain. For the anxiety the Pristiq helps and also 3mg of Klonopin stops the panic (also took months of trial and error in addition to therapy). With this large amount of depressant style drugs, at times it was very hard for me to stay awake during the daytime. 150mg of Nuvigil for me has totally solved this problem. The first week I felt strange and over stimulated, and now I just feel normal and awake, from 6:00am to 10:30pm.”

10 / 10

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