Modafinil (brand name Provigil) is a medicine indicated for short-term treatment of insomnia. It works by letting some of the areas of your brain to relax therefore letting you sleep and have some rest without waking up in the middle of the night. When taking Modafinil you should plan to sleep for at least 7 hours, as otherwise memory problems can be experienced. This medicine may cause some birth defects in unborn babies and pass into breast milk. Pregnant women are not supposed to start Modafinil treatment without talking to their doctor first. Since this medicine ahs been reported to cause addictions you can experience some of the following symptoms if you try to stop taking Modafinil suddenly: sweating, seizure, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, stomach pain, panic, tremors, and muscle cramps. Some conditions you have can prevent you from safely taking this drug. It's important that you mention any of the following ones when asking your doctor for a prescription: myasthenia gravis, history of depression, kidney disease, mental illness, lung disease, suicidal thoughts, liver disease, history of drug or alcohol addiction, or sleep apnea.
Keep this medicine out of the reach of children and other people that may potentially abuse it without being prescribed this medication. Keep it in a tightly closed container in some place dry and cool. In some rare cases people taking this medication also report mild side effects that may include headache, sore throat, lack of coordination, muscle pain, dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, forgetfulness, stuffy nose, and constipation. There are also a number of more serious side effects that very few patients actually report. They can include anxiety, aggression, hallucinations, depression, restlessness, agitation and suicidal thoughts.
Modafinil is not intended for patients younger than 18.