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Armodafinil Dosage

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 7, 2020.

Applies to the following strengths: 50 mg; 150 mg; 200 mg; 250 mg

Usual Adult Dose for Narcolepsy

150 to 250 mg orally once a day in the morning

Comments:
-In obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), doses up to 250 mg/day have been well-tolerated but there is no consistent evidence of additional benefit beyond the 150 mg/day.
-This drug is not a treatment for the underlying obstruction in OSA.
-In cases where continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the treatment of choice for excessive sleepiness, a maximal effort to treat with CPAP for an adequate period of time should be made prior to initiating this drug.

Uses: To improve wakefulness in patients with excessive sleepiness associated with OSA and narcolepsy.

Usual Adult Dose for Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome

150 to 250 mg orally once a day in the morning

Comments:
-In obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), doses up to 250 mg/day have been well-tolerated but there is no consistent evidence of additional benefit beyond the 150 mg/day.
-This drug is not a treatment for the underlying obstruction in OSA.
-In cases where continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the treatment of choice for excessive sleepiness, a maximal effort to treat with CPAP for an adequate period of time should be made prior to initiating this drug.

Uses: To improve wakefulness in patients with excessive sleepiness associated with OSA and narcolepsy.

Usual Adult Dose for Shift Work Sleep Disorder

150 mg orally once a day approximately 1 hour prior to the start of the work shift

Use: To improve wakefulness in patients with excessive sleepiness associated with shift work disorder.

Renal Dose Adjustments

No adjustment recommended; use with caution as data is limited

Liver Dose Adjustments

Mild to moderate hepatic impairment: No adjustment recommended
Severe hepatic impairment: A reduced dose is recommended; however, no specific guidelines have been suggested in the manufacturer product information. Use with caution.

Dose Adjustments

Elderly: Lower doses and close monitoring are recommended

Precautions

CONTRAINDICATIONS:
-Hypersensitivity to armodafinil, modafinil, or any product excipients

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 18 years.

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.

US Controlled Substance: Schedule IV

Dialysis

Data not available

Other Comments

Administration Advice:
-Take orally with or without food

General:
-Armodafinil is the R-enantiomer of modafinil which is a 1:1 mixture of the R- and S-enantiomers.
-This drug has not been studied in combination with alcohol and patients should be advised to avoid alcohol while taking this drug.

Monitoring:
-Cardiovascular: Heart rate, blood pressure
-Dermatologic: Closely monitor for skin reactions such as rash, mouth sores, blister, or peeling skin
-Psychiatric: Monitor for depression, anxiety, mania, psychosis

Patient Advice:
-Patients should be instructed to read the US FDA-approved patient labeling (Medication Guide).
-Women should speak to their healthcare provider about alternative birth control options if they are using a hormonal birth control method such as birth control pills, shots, implants, patches, vaginal rings, and intrauterine devices (IUDs); effective contraception during use and for 1-month following treatment is recommended; for patients who become pregnant during treatment, a pregnancy registry is available for this drug.
-Avoid driving and doing activities such as operating machinery while taking this drug until your degree of sleepiness/wakefulness has been assessed by your healthcare provider.
-Patients should avoid drinking alcohol while taking this drug.
-Patients should be advised to speak with their healthcare provider immediately if they experience a rash or any allergic reaction, depression, anxiety, or signs of psychosis or mania.
-This drug has the potential to be abused and cause dependence; tell your healthcare provider if you have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs.

Further information

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