User Reviews for Modafinil to treat Fatigue
Also known as: Provigil
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Reviews for Modafinil
"Modafinil worked great for me, at first, to be alert and increase productivity, until I was out of medication and my fatigue hit me like a freight train stopping all productivity. The headaches were avoided when I stayed hydrated and only took in the first half of the day. It controlled my appetite and even help with weight loss and management. It sounds pretty good at first but after a few months I realized I was creating a bigger problem than I had before. Please do yourself a favor and only take if and as prescribed by your doctor and well monitored. There are a lot of miracle drugs and nootropics available out there if you search hard enough. This is not all that hard to come by and can have more risk and long term negative effects than benefits, if not taken properly. Please be careful and don’t make problems worse for yourself or others."
"I had been taking Provigil for about 5 yrs., then the insurance co. would not pay for it any longer as it is very expensive. So, I started to take it in generic form, which is Modafinal. It did not work as well, but it was better than nothing. I continued to take the Modafinil for a couple of years and then my pharmacy switched mfgs. to Aurobindo. There was a definite difference in side effects with this company's product. It did not work, but seemed to have an opposite effect. Also, it made me feel fuzzy headed, flu like symptoms, headache, dizzy, all kinds of bad. I called my insurance co. and after speaking to 3 people I had Provigil approved. I am now free of all the bad side effects of Aurobindo Modafinil. My advice, get Provigil and don't take no for an answer."
"This medication modafinil was AWFUL. I was prescribed 100mg to take daily for chronic fatigue syndrome. Here's what happened: I felt like my brain completely shut off. ADD to the max... unable to focus, lingering headache turned full blown migraine, apathetic. If anything, I felt more exhausted, it messed with my vision and created so much pressure behind my eyes that I had a hard time focusing in on anything. It made my brain feel silent... all thoughts were muted, like I was only a hollow vessel. This is not me; my brain normally works a million miles per hour, I can multitask, I can focus... I'm just exhausted and that's why this was prescribed. I would not recommend this medication. I wish it would've helped."
"I was prescribed 100mg for Bipolar fatigue. I was hopeful after seeing all the reviews and some comparing it to the "limitless" drug (not that I believed that) but I was let down. I took it the first day with no food..about an hour laterI felt jittery, just uncomfortable and later in the day that anxious feeling in my chest for a little while. Felt just as tired as usual. Waited a couple days and tried half a pill and felt nothing. So the next day tried a whole one again with food and hated the feeling again. Jittery, uncomfortable I just wanted it to get out of my system."
"There is 4 or 6 hours of jitters, then after that it loses any sort of effectiveness and I feels like I'm ready to go to sleep. Armodafinil, which is a stronger version of that at 150 mgs. works better."
"I've been using Modafinil for a while now, mostly in periods where I have a lot of work to do and can't afford enough sleep, having a young son additionally. I've experienced noticeable less fatigue and better concentration, but also somehow it seems to making social interactions less stressful (I must say I'm not having any kind of social anxiety, just being maybe a shy person). Absolutely no side effects noticed, it starts working after 2 to 3 hours and lasting for about 8 to 12 for 200mg dose."
"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!"
"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."
" 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"
"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."
"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."
"I was hoping to feel more energetic but I don’t. I use a CPAP, sleep well and 2 hours after I wake up, I’m lethargic all day long."
"I heard so much about the drug modafinil,that it is used by students to improve alertness, understanding, endurance and blah blah blah all over the net. But it ruins up your comprehension...Period! You might end up munching too much text, but you understand ZERO (though while reading you might FEEL that you are GETTING everything you are reading, but believe me, it's just a FEELING) and retain a big fat ZERO in your brain. At the end of the day, if asked 10 questions you won't even remember whether you read it actually! It ruins your studying BIG TIME! I have been experimenting myself with modafinil for a very long time, and it's a NO GO for me and I wonder it will do any different than me to any other person in the world too. It has FAILED me big time. Also not to forget the respiratory flu like illnesses you will experience while on this medication. If at all, it's just helpful for no brainer activities that don't involve intellect. DON'T take this with a PINCH OF SALT!"
"I purchased a prescription for this drug online strictly as a substitute for adderall . I was taking Adderall to help with my excessive tiredness and wanted to try something safer and less addictive. I am pleasantly surprised with Modafinil. I can take one 200 mg pill in the morning before work, and I feel the effects long after I get home. I can feel it start working right away. I get a little head buzz, my eyes seem to open a little bit more, and I’m generally happier to be awake and starting the day. No crash or comedown. Sleep can be very tough If this drug is taken too late in the day. Also, I do get pretty bad dry mouth while taking Modafinil. Make sure you have water around 24/7. Overall, I am satisfied for what this drug does for me and would recommend to anyone looking for a drug to help them stay awake and alert all day, with way less side effects than Adderall and much less habit-forming."
"worked for 2 weeks"
"Overall not good. Worked great at giving me focus, but took my appetite away and effects wore off after 5-6 hours when a headache kicked in. After about twenty uses it made me come out in an itchy red rash in exactly the same places on face and neck, but worse each time. Threw them away after 3 episodes of this."
"So far it has helped me sleep longer at night. A bit of fuzzy thinking at times."
"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."
"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."
"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!??"
"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 :)"
"I was prescribed Modafinil to address the extreme fatigue associated with abrupt cessation of crystal methamphetamine. By no means is this a miracle cure, but it will keep you awake. It will not give you energy, like amphetamines. It will no produce euphoria. At higher doses, I'm taking 400mg b.i.d as needed, since my 2000mg dose of meth per day ceased. At that high a dose, I feel a bit jittery, more of a caffeine like effect for the first hour. Duration for me is about 5 hours with an almost immediate crash. The best thing is, if you are determined to quit meth, this is a helpful tool. Especially for those that don't have time to detox in a clinical setting. Addition of the dopamine precursor supplement L-Arginine will help mood."
"I find modafinil it more effective than caffeine although the initial effects seemed to wear off after about 8 hours or so. There are definitely less side effects than with other prescription stimulants such as phentermine or ritalin.Being in a creative field, I%u2019d personally recommend Modalert 200 to people who have troubles brainstorming and have to work on complex projects. I%u2019ve been regularly ordering mine online. And my experience has been pretty good."
"It was instrumental in helping me to focus on my studies and finish my assignments in record time which opened up time for me to start the startup that is blossoming now. Now I use Modafinil to stave off fatigue from jetlag as I now travel to Europe often for various conferences, investor meetings, and vacation. Not only are my awake hours more efficient and effective, which helps my personal and health as well, but also they last longer. "
"This drug has completely changed my life. I believe it does help me with my chronic pain too. I suffer from horrible fatigue. This drug gets me out of bed and motivates me. It truly is a blessing !"
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