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User Reviews for Modafinil (Page 2)

Also known as: Provigil

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Shift Work Sleep Disorder
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Obstructive Sleep Ap...ypopnea Syndrome
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
41 reviews 2 medications
Summary of Modafinil reviews 7.4 368 reviews

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Reviews for Modafinil

Anonymous November 2, 2019

For Narcolepsy: "I have been recently diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy and mild sleep apnea. Prescribed 100mg modafinil twice a day. I have been on it a week and have not noticed any difference, except lights seem more brighter. I have been misdiagnosed my whole life. I am 42, and am so tired of being exhausted. I am scared to drive since falling asleep and totaling my car on the interstate. I just want to be able to work and be a mom. Hate this disease. I had a hard time even getting modafinil because they wanted to treat the very mild sleep apnea first."

USAMaid October 30, 2019

For Fatigue: "Since my hospitalization with lung nodules in 2016, I have been totally devoid of energy. Recently, it has gotten worse. I spend most of the day in my recliner. My PCP prescribed modafinil and I took my first tablet this morning. The walk I took this evening approached power walking! It is now 10 PM and I am sitting here feeling as alert as I did when I first woke up this morning. In my particular case it has been nothing short of amazing. “Viagra for the brain” is how one article I read referred to modafinil. It has energized both brain and body. I couldn’t be happier! It’s a very expensive drug, so remember to use vouchers etc and shop around I cannot recommend it highly enough!"

doctor-elysee · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 22, 2019

For Fatigue: "Modafinal actually WORKED! I was a privatized combat medic/ER doctor and an adrenaline junkie. I have broken so many bones that it looks like it was hit by a train. During my last injury in the Middle East, I found out that I had severe SA and RA. Now I understand why I would become so fatigued when the natural adrenaline was not pumping through me. I do not take Modafinil every day so I do not get used to it, and as a doctor, I can make adjustments myself. It has made a big difference. If the dosage is not working for you, PLEASE inform your doctor and they can help with adjusting the right amount."

bob · Taken for less than 1 month October 3, 2019

For Narcolepsy: "It doesn't work for me. I took it more than an hour ago. I'm still extremely sleepy... I'm about to take a nap. Made no difference at all whatsoever."

M September 26, 2019

For Fatigue: " The first time I took modafinil was amazing. I’m having a hard time so using it for productivity at the desk, however it lifts my mood right away and it also makes me enjoy stuff more and be more social. I have insomnia so either way I have to take sleep pills this makes my sleep aid need stronger so undecided. I think the trick for office work is to only take once you took the first step in the project at hand otherwise it will help procrastinate because it gives energy for other things and makes u stay focus in that thing till u finish. I have hope for this medication but I have to figure out my dosage , frequency etc For the headaches just drink plenty of water before you get the headache and you won’t. Good luck ! I don’t have narcolepsy but rather insomnia"

BBB · Taken for 10 years or more August 17, 2019

For Narcolepsy: "I have severe narcolepsy without cataplexy and have been taking Provigil/Modafinil for about 12 years now. I started on 200mg but found it didn’t do much to help. After a couple months at 200mg I was then prescribed 400mg and have remained at that dose ever since. This medicine has truly changed my life. I take the full dose about an hour after waking up and eating something (seems to be more effective after eating). Insurance made me try Nuvigil right after it hit the market and the Nuvigil put me into a deep sleepiness state for more than 36 hrs, will never take that again!!! Seems that some of the manufactures versions aren’t as effective as others, as I’ve just been switched to Alembic’s Modafinil and it’s not giving me that fully awake feeling that Provigil, & Heritage versions do."

Girlfriend August 9, 2019

For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: "I took this 6 years ago when I went back to school. Worked great! Went back on a month ago and I am more tired now than when I went on it and can’t get anything done. Stuck in Zombie mode ! 200 mg split into half morning, half afternoon. Drinking tons of water to try to flush it out so I can drive home from work :("

Coop · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 29, 2019

For Depression: "For me it's impressive! After my Burnout and the following depression, it was a struggle for me, that I wasn't able to bring the past performance. Lack of energy and concentration, mood swings, bad memory, and so on. With Modafinil I am able to work focused on my dream, fight procrastination (which was a real problem), think-power from past days (I often gave up when I had so solve something complex) I don't take it every day, sometimes only 1-2 days a week. Mostly when I'm working on my project or when I feel really bad. Side Effects: Headache during effect-phase (when I started, but was gone after the third intake) Insomnia (when you take it too late)"

Willtry · Taken for 10 years or more July 22, 2019

For Fatigue: "Doctor denied my request for prescription. He would not prescribe it for “off label” use. I’m Blessed that another doctor suggested and gave me a sample. I have taken this for 10 years and can’t function without it. Yes, I started out with 1/2 tablet. Increased dose just to get the same effect. (For me, just making it through the day!). No super powers for me but I can’t function without it. I can recall the events of the days when the doctor increased my dose. Even by 1/2 tablet. It’s a miracle for me."

BleuJayLady · Taken for 10 years or more July 21, 2019

For Drowsiness: "This medicine was started due to a daytime sleep study in which it took me 2 minutes to fall asleep in comparison to 17 minutes In your average person. I started out on one tablet per day, which quickly bumped to 2. Unfortunately, I am resistant to most medicines, therefore was bumped up to three tablets. I sincerely hope the three continue to work, as I am at the max dosage. However, whether under the name modafinil or Provigil, this medicine works quite well. I don't seem to have any side-effects and I don't fall asleep at in appropriate times."

Amay · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 21, 2019

Provigil (modafinil) for Narcolepsy: "Whether I take 50mg-100mg or 150mg, it always kicks in (if it even does) 12hr after taking it. 95% of the time, I can sleep straight through the med and I’m still severely dragging all day. This med doesn’t work for me."

Mel July 14, 2019

For Narcolepsy: "Modafinil takes a lot of getting used to and to figuring out what doses at what time works best. It has made me able to be sociable and do things again! I used to sleep for over 50% of the day, but this is no longer a problem. I’m very very happy with it. I can still fall asleep when I take it though."

Candy Monster · Taken for 6 months to 1 year July 10, 2019

For Depression: "Modafinil has helped some of my friends continue with their daily activities amid depression, and develop for the better. I have seen no side effects so far."

Chris · Taken for 1 to 2 years July 7, 2019

For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: "I started using it about a year ago for excessive fatigue from multiple sclerosis or from the MS drug I'd changed to a year back. At first I started with 50 mg modafinil. At that time I had to go to a neurological appointment. I had multiple panic attacks while going to the appointment. I even took Xanax which didn't even help. It's like the modafinil over road the Xanax effects. Modafinil didn't wear off for hours. I'd already struggled with anxiety from neuro issues so this was so frustrating for me. Since then I'll take 25 mg occasionally. Make sure you start low and also take very early or you'll have insomnia. This drug has a very long half life. Wish it helped me more but the side effects for me aren't great."

CKLC June 14, 2019

For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: "My experience with Modafinil was tough. I have been struggling with daily fatigue for a while now and my psychiatrist prescribed me it to help me wake up. It has in fact helped me with that, and I feel like I can mostly go through each day without crashing or feeling like a dead fish. However, I have a severe anxiety disorder and my psychiatrist had been cautious of prescribing me a stimulant in case it increased said anxiety. Unfortunately, that’s what Modafinil did to me. It increased my heart rate and gave me overall physical anxiety, which seems impossible to get rid of once it attacks me. This in turn causes mental anxiety. The energy Modafinil gave me ultimately was not worth this anxious increase. Also, since the drug is a controlled substance I couldn’t get a refill anyway, and it just wasn’t worth it. I would say that each person is different and while anxiety is a common side effect it doesn’t have to be a sole feature. It did give me energy and that was a big plus."

JD · Taken for less than 1 month June 11, 2019

For Narcolepsy: "I am new to this modafinil (just started this week). I am taking 200mg for narcolepsy. So far it has been great. I haven’t felt this awake in so long. I am able to function all day without naps. One question I have is since I started this I have only been sleeping on average 4-4.5 hours at night. Has anyone else experienced this. Is it because I just started? I don’t want to sleep that little that can’t be healthy."

CJ · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 11, 2019

For ADHD: "I took this drug for a month and then stopped because I fell into my seasonal depression and needed some time to relax. Before this drug I took Adderall 30mg a day and eventually it wore me down and I was unwilling to take more. Modafinil came with virtually no negative side effects compared to Adderall. It feels like you are just at ease with whatever it is you want to be doing instead of trying to do things and feeling like you need to find your bed, It feels like the ultimate coffee. I recommend this drug as an alternative to Adderall any day of the week to anyone. It is much less neuro-toxic and has no side effects but yet gives me the mental clarity, focus, and stay up that I need to do what I want. Also people are saying this drug is expensive,I can get coupons and buy it for $35 in generic form. My insurance does want me to pay a lot though,"

DaddyRabbit · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 21, 2019

Provigil (modafinil) for Narcolepsy: "Does nothing for my narcolepsy. I stay on it because the doctor told me to and I’m not competent enough to know that it’s not working. Also I look like a drug seeker if mention anything, and don’t agree with the doctors recommendation. It gives me some anxiety, my body feels awake but my head feels sleepy. Does nothing for brain fog I get with my narcolepsy. Armodafinil works better"

Patty · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 21, 2019

For Fatigue: "This modafinil medicine worked great for fatigue, however after the first year I began to loose some teeth. My neurologist would always ask to see my mouth as soon as I started taking. Couldn’t figure out why until I began to loose teeth."

Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 16, 2019

For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: "Was prescribed armodafinil 150mg for chronic fatigue syndrome, at first I started off splitting it in half, which made me alert initially, but stopped being effective in a few days. I then tried taking the entire 150mg, which didn't make me alert, but gave me headaches, nausea, and made me very thirsty. Have been taking modafinil 100mg now for a couple of months, to varying degrees of success. I split the pills, take a half in mornings. I usually end up getting a headache by the late afternoon. On days where my fatigue is exacerbated, I avoid taking it as it leads to a huge headache for me. When I feel the headaches coming on, I know my productive day is over. I find that trying to power through the headaches leads to feeling terrible the next day, even if I take paracetamol. If modafinil had more of an affect on my fatigue, I could forgive the headaches and the price. But unfortunately it hasn't done much for me."

JayR May 9, 2019

For ADHD: "My whole life I struggled to with focus, energy and confidence. It took great effort to pay attention and I struggled to complete things. Teachers, family and friends told me I was a daydreamer, an underachiever and lazy. I felt shame that I was not good enough and must just try harder. Then I was prescribed Modafinil at age 40 and was able to focus, had energy and social confidence. When visiting museums I was unable to focus on exhibitions for more than 2 minutes, I now spend a whole days museums reading everything! I've been discriminated for being forgetful, distracted and underachieving. Now I'm succeeding in a new career, communicate effectively and no longer feel shame. Unfortunately here in the U.K. doctors it is so hard to get a prescription. Shouldn't I have the right to a drug which makes me equal to my peers, able to reach my dreams and contribute to society. My greatest fear is access to obtaining it being blocked."

RoscoeTheDog May 1, 2019

For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: "Modofinil is an interesting drug. I have fibromyalgia and fatigue problems. Within the first 3-4 days of taking 100mg, I noticed a marginal difference. It was odd, like I had more physical energy and could pay attention without feeling buzzed. However, it did feel very artificial and sometimes like my brain was fighting it. After about a week of taking it, I noticed I was feeling very tired- almost like a train had hit me during the day. I first associated it with sleep issues or not recently taken my Testosterone (I take this to help with workouts and fight libido problems that comes with Fibro), but I eventually realized that the zombied out feeling was actually caused by the Modofinil. It made retaining information and memory recall more difficult. From what I've read this is called a case of the "stoopids" Its typically a pretty rare side effect and it seems to be pretty successful for many people, but the feeling was just way too uncomfortable for me."

AnnD · Taken for less than 1 month April 26, 2019

For Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome: "I have sleep apnea, depression and ADHD. My pulmonary Dr put me on this. This has been a week and it's not working. Adderall stopped working as well. I wake up and I can't get out of bed. I m always tired."

Narco-student April 24, 2019

For Narcolepsy: "Diagnosed with narcolepsy at 14 after Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) had me asleep in 40 seconds. My type is Severe Narcoleptic without cateplexy,. Provigil is gave me my life back so I can complete school!! On it for 7+ years. I take a high dosage in the morning (AFTER eating), sleep immediately afterward to get rid of dizziness/mental fog, wake up an hour+ later with massive energy for the day. Did well, but best results when I started doing a sport regularly along with Provigil (Not as effective when I was inactive). TIPS + Provigil increases alertness/energy level, not a full cure. I take 1-2 hour naps after eating/exercising/awake too long. Learned to plan sleep schedule around activities. + EXPENSIVE, but getting cheaper. Initially paid $1,200 a month. Insurance covered modafinil after Adderal, Xyrem, Ritalin, Nuvigil failed + "Midday fallout" happened during first few months because my dosage was too low. Doctor increased my dosage and I began keeping VERY consistent schedule, and it went away."

KR · Taken for less than 1 month April 22, 2019

Provigil (modafinil) for Narcolepsy: "This medication worked wonders for me. It had a lot fewer side effects than the alternatives like amphetamines and methylphenidate, however modafinil raises histamine levels and I broke out in hives about 2 weeks into taking it. It’s a shame because this medicine worked better than anything else I have tried."


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