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User Reviews for Modafinil

Also known as: Provigil

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Fatigue
8.9
   
30 reviews 0 medications
ADHD
8.9
   
18 reviews 39 medications
Shift Work Sleep Disorder
8.6
   
17 reviews 2 medications
Depression
8.3
   
38 reviews 80 medications
Obstructive Sleep Ap...ypopnea Syndrome
8.2
   
32 reviews 2 medications
Narcolepsy
7.2
   
98 reviews 15 medications
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
7.0
   
30 reviews 2 medications
Hypersomnia
6.7
   
12 reviews 29 medications
Summary of Modafinil reviews 8.0 275 reviews

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For Narcolepsy: "Been taking modafinil for 2 years. When I don't take this drug I'm more prone to taking involuntary naps, dozing, and falling asleep early in the day. This drug had allowed me to live a normal life with exceptional benefits and no withdrawal /side effects. On the off day I decline to take it so my tolerance does not build. I sometimes get angry that recreational users with no prescription write reviews about this drug because they have no experience with sleep disorders and thus have a skewed idea of what this drug can do for those that do."

   
9.0

Joelben December 13, 2017

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For Narcolepsy: "I've been taking Modafinil for 10 years, highest dose they can prescribe. In fairness, I have a 2 problems going on. The narcolepsy and a sleep disorder. I do not get adequate REM sleep. The best sleep I've ever had was with IV sedation for surgery. I wake up every day tired. Though taking Modafinil helps, it is not consistently helpful and does not prevent me from nodding off...depending on situation. My doctor has not wanted to switch drugs. I can say it helps some, but is not as effective as I'd hoped for. for those who do not have insurance coverage, I found a site online that fills this script (income based) 270 tablets/3 mos $80"

debbinz (taken for 10 years or more) December 2, 2017

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Provigil (modafinil) for Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome: "jittery, dry mouth, shortness of breath, tightness in chest, exacerbated hand tremors, diarrhea, nausea, headache, hot flash every day. Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) marginally improved at best."

   
4.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 29, 2017

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For Shift Work Sleep Disorder: "I work long hours at an ED in a small Swiss community hospital. Had bad trouble staying awake. I took everything - caffeine pills, OTC ephedrine at high doses, on the end even tramadol, ritalin and benzos. Modafinil helped me get off these pills - with 200 mg I can stay awake a whole busy 14-hour shift. As side effects I noticed some mild headaches, dehydration, nausea and kind of mild aggression. In Switzerland it's off label and only for narcolepsy, therefore you have no insurance coverage. 100 mg generic modafinil from TEVA are 2.50 CHF or so (about 2.45 USD), guess it's worth it."

   
9.0

T., anonym November 15, 2017

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For Narcolepsy: "I am diagnosed with Bipolar, ADHD Inattentive Type and Narcolepsy without Cataplexy. Modafinil generic or Brand name is very effective in uncontrolled daytime sleepiness without disturbing nightime sleep as long as it is not taken too late in the day. Helps with depression and focus and general energy. It literally saved my life by stopping me from falling asleep while driving and saved the lives of others. Generic is still pricey and the Insurance will not want to pay for it."

   
9.0

Metatron2 (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 26, 2017

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For Depression: "Depressive mood with ability to function well but have noted a significant improvement I mood since prescribed. Thankfully. Have to monitor amount I take and should not mix with strong coffee"

   
10

Cotswnw (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 23, 2017

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For Depression: "It's only my first day on modafinil and what an impact it has made! My head is crystal clear, no confusion, no negative feelings or procrastination. After about 3 hours of taking the medication I had my whole day planned out and was able to complete each and every task with ease. I am 50 years old and up until today had spent most of my life unable to complete the simplest of tasks. I would just spend my time thinking about the task and waste away the time, to sum up my life to this point has been full of promises and unfulfilled potential. But after my first day on modafinil I feel that my life has just begun. I pray that the effects of modafinil do not diminish. I have decided to keep a video diary of my journey on youtube"

   
10

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) October 17, 2017

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For Hypersomnia: "I have just started using this med after extensive sleep testing. Due to medical reason and just my own internal clock I seem to have a combination of Insomnia and Hypersonmia. I'm currently only prescribed 100 mg 1/day. I guess I was hoping for a magic bullet, but the first day I took it I promptly fell back asleep. The second day I was able to stay away and actually focus on getting things done. Today I slept for 36 hours straight in spite of taking it and am ready to go right back to bed. It also gives me some killer headaches. Being so new to it, and having seen positive results on one out of three days, I'm hoping that they'll be able to increase my dosage when I check in with the specialist in a couple of weeks."

   
5.0

Akeidolon (taken for less than 1 month) October 9, 2017

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Provigil (modafinil) for Narcolepsy: "Awake ..... Euphoria!"

   
10

Bill Zzzzzz (taken for 5 to 10 years) October 7, 2017

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For Fatigue: "So far it has helped me sleep longer at night. A bit of fuzzy thinking at times."

   
8.0

FirmGreen October 4, 2017

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Provigil (modafinil) for Narcolepsy: "I have pretty severe narcolepsy and cataplexy this didn't do much of anything for me"

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 3, 2017

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For Depression: "I have suffered with depression for 4 years and have tried so many drugs that I have lost count. I finally found a combination of drugs that were working, but not completely. My NP then added Provigil and my depression resolved. I am able to get a lot done without feeling tired all of the time. However, I was on 200 mg and only had mild benefits. My NP increased the dose to 400 mg and it has helped tremendously. It has given me more hope that I have had in years."

   
10

nannymae868 September 22, 2017

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Provigil (modafinil) for Shift Work Sleep Disorder: "Works pretty good but doses only cover 8 hrs. Because my shifts start at 5 am and can end anywhere to 8:30 pm, I have to guess at my 8 hr. Window. When I take 1.5 pills per day, I run out too fast and the pharmacy holds the script. Then I crash for several weeks until refill. Nuvigi and provigil are true wonder drugs but I personally need 250 and 125 simultaneous as we go into a 24/7 society, I need covered at least 12 hrs."

   
8.0

Gdog1267 September 17, 2017

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For Fatigue: "Just starting this for my Multiple Sclerosis but seems to be very effective. I think I may need to cut out my morning coffee though. To much stimulant? Will have to see."

   
8.0

Excaldoug September 10, 2017

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For Narcolepsy: "I have taken Provigil off and on since 2000, for narcolepsy/apnea. I started with the 200mg per day, but discovered that my brain required more. Since increasing my dosage to 400mg per day, I have fewer daytime sleep concerns. I have not experienced any appetite changes, and have certainly not lost any weight. This medication allows me to function, just enough to keep my job, and have a somewhat normal social life. No matter what dosage I take, my brain/body will shut down at approximately 6:00pm, and on the days I don’t take the medication; I pretty much sleep all day. I’ve made life style changes, such as, eating better, increased cardio, and strength training; just as a supplement to the medication and CPAP therapy. "

   
10

corsys1 (taken for 10 years or more) September 8, 2017

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For Hypersomnia: "I was given Provigil for my sleep disorder. Already have major depression and Provigil made it significantly worse along with effect my memory. I will need to try a different medication with fewer side effects. It did keep me awake but the severe depression wasn't worth it."

   
1.0

EbonyLouise September 6, 2017

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For Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome: "Was prescribed this for sleep apnea. It made me feel horrible and I had weird sleep hallucinations with it. It didn't make me feel awake it just made me feel weird. Disappointed that I still haven't found anything to help me stay awake during the day."

Tiredlytired (taken for less than 1 month) August 23, 2017

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For Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome: "So far this medicine works well. One hour after I take the medicine I feel wide awake and more alert than I have felt in years. About 4.5 to 5 hours I usually get a headache but I will stay awake feeling fine. I have noticed that when I go to sleep I sleep much sounder and longer."

   
9.0

mddilla (taken for less than 1 month) August 9, 2017

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For Fatigue: "I have severe fatigue and I tried this after using adderall for many years and it doesn't work. I was expecting a huge improvement from the reviews but I was beyond disappointed. I think the people that only benefit from this drug are the types who fall for the placebo effect. It actually makes me more tired when I take it and I have no improvement with cognitive function whatsoever. Don't waste your money or your time on this drug."

Seraphine523 July 26, 2017

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For ADHD: "I had been on Concerta in high school for questionable ADHD diagnosis, and it had a VERY minimal benefit. So minimal that after 2 school years it was determined my problem was probably more attributable to being "smarter than your average bear" and I just was not being challenged in my non-honours and non-dual credit classes. Made it through Uni and my doctorate degrees OK by overloading my schedule and surviving on coffee and caffeine tabs, taking 18 hr semesters instead of the rec'd 12-15 hrs. Fast forward to a few yrs later, I have been on Adderall for about 4 mo, titrating to the perfect dose of 2×5mg at 8am & 5mg at noon. Was switched to modafinil B/C my anorexia nervosa and I can't wake up, get out of bed, finish reading an email. Hate it!"

   
1.0

MiriArley (taken for less than 1 month) July 8, 2017

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For ADHD: "I've severe ADD, in Romania ADHD was recognised for adults only a couple of years ago, Ritalin like meds aren't legal for adults, only Strattera and I need to take my parents to testify I'd had symptoms since my childhood - impossible. As I also used to fight not to fall asleep during the day, e.g. tramways, my family doctor wrote a prescription Modafinil 100mg -I couldn't afford to buy more, it was ~E100, now ~E20. Tried one pill in my free days - had no real effect. Later I found a bigger dose had a great effect on my ADD. Dosage matters. Huge help for depression from not being able to handle your life & for related pb. I'm 42 - quality of life & being able to have things done matters more than some side effects (headaches used to be just at first)"

   
9.0

CarmenCL July 6, 2017

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For Depression: "This medicine really works for depression. It helps me get stuff done and not want to sleep all of the time. Taken with coffee it is a lot stronger. I give this a 9 on a scale of 1-10."

   
9.0

Ambs82 (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 13, 2017

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For Hypersomnia: "Initially, this medication worked well. It gave me energy and focus, and I felt like I was finally awake. However, after using it for a week, I started to notice weakness in my legs. As I continued taking it, the nervous system issues worsened, to the point where I had Reynaud's syndrome and tingling in my arms, legs, and throat. It also heightened my anxiety. I finally switched to Ritalin, and though it doesn't give me the same level of focus, I no longer have any of the negative side effects."

Becca295 June 10, 2017

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For Fatigue: "Was prescribed Provigil in 2005 for MS fatigue, and Fibromyalgia fatigue and brain fog. Have always used the brand name. I take 200mg two times a day. This gives me 8 good hours of function. Recently switched to Generic. Cannot even compare to the brand name. Too bad the price is out of this world for such a wonder drug. It truly is a blessing! But who on earth can afford it!??"

   
10

TheJayeJaye June 4, 2017

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For Fatigue: "This is the best medicine for energy that I have ever taken! I get 6-8 hours of sleep when I sleep. Then I get up and take my morning provigal and I can finally concentrate on work for at least 2 hours at a time.. I have ADD/ and depression it helps with both. This medicine is the best :)"

   
10

CoffeeGirl82 (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 4, 2017

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