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Nuvigil Side Effects

Generic Name: armodafinil

Note: This document contains side effect information about armodafinil. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Nuvigil.

In Summary

Common side effects of Nuvigil include: headache. Other side effects include: insomnia, nausea, skin rash, anxiety, and xerostomia. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to armodafinil: oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, armodafinil (the active ingredient contained in Nuvigil) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking armodafinil:

Less Common

  • Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • fever
  • frequent urination
  • headache, severe and throbbing
  • increased volume of pale, dilute urine
  • itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
  • rash
  • shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
  • tightness in the chest
  • trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
  • trouble breathing

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking armodafinil:

Symptoms of Overdose

  • Anxiety
  • blurred vision
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • confusion about identity, place, and time
  • diarrhea
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • hyperventilation
  • irritability
  • lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • nausea
  • pounding in the ears
  • restlessness
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • slow heartbeat
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Some side effects of armodafinil may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less Common

  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • chills
  • cough
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • discouragement
  • feeling sad or empty
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • mood or mental changes
  • muscle aches and pains
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sore throat
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • sweating
  • thirst
  • tiredness
  • trouble concentrating
  • vomiting
  • weight loss

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to armodafinil: oral tablet

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Rash, contact dermatitis, hyperhidrosis[Ref]

Immunologic

Common (1% to 10%): Seasonal allergy

Frequency not reported: Angioedema, anaphylaxis[Ref]

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Insomnia, anxiety, depression, agitation, depressed mood, disturbance in attention, nervousness

Frequency not reported: Irritability, suicidal ideation[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Palpitations, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, dyspepsia, upper abdominal pain, constipation, vomiting, loose stools[Ref]

General

The following reactions occurred more frequently with the 250 mg/day dose compared to the 150 mg/day dose: headache, rash, depression, dry mouth, insomnia, nausea.[Ref]

Genitourinary

Common (1% to 10%): Polyuria[Ref]

Hematologic

Frequency not reported: Pancytopenia[Ref]

Hepatic

Common (1% to 10%): Increased gamma-glutamyltransferase, increased alkaline phosphatase

Rare (less than 0.1%): Elevated AST and/or ALT[Ref]

Metabolic

Common (1% to 10%): Anorexia, decreased appetite,

Frequency not reported: Decreased serum uric acid[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (17%)

Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness, paresthesia, tremor, migraine[Ref]

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue, influenza-like illness, pain, pyrexia, thirst[Ref]

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Dyspnea[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Nuvigil (armodafinil)." Cephalon Inc, West Chester, PA.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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