Brand Name: Provigil®
Modafinil is a medication that promotes wakefulness.
Modafinil is used to treat excessive sleepiness caused by sleep apnea, narcolepsy, or shift work sleep disorder.
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Other Known Brand Names for Provigil
- Alertec (Shire Biochem)
- Modafil MD (Intas Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd.)
- Modafresh (Sunrise Remedies)
- Modalert (Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.)
- Modapro (Cipla Limited)
- Modawake (HAB Pharmaceuticals & Research Ltd.)
- Modvigil (Signature Pharmaceuticals, Ltd)
- Provigil (Cephalon)
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Modafinil is usually given for 12 weeks or less. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Modafinil is usually taken each morning to prevent daytime sleepiness, or 1 hour before the start of a work shift to treat work-time sleep disorders.
If you are taking modafinil to treat sleepiness caused by obstructive sleep apnea, you may also be treated with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. This machine is an air pump connected to a mask that gently blows pressurized air into your nose while you sleep. The pump does not breathe for you, but the gentle force of air helps keep your airway open to prevent obstruction.
Do not stop using your CPAP machine during sleep unless your doctor tells you to. The combination of treatment with CPAP and modafinil may be necessary to best treat your condition.
Modafinil will not cure obstructive sleep apnea or treat its underlying causes. Follow your doctor's instructions about all your other treatments for this disorder.
Talk with your doctor if you continue to have excessive sleepiness even while taking modafinil.
Taking this medication does not take the place of getting enough sleep.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Usual Adult Dose for Narcolepsy
200 mg orally daily in the morning
Usual Adult Dose for Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome
200 mg orally daily in the morning
Usual Adult Dose for Shift Work Sleep Disorder
200 mg orally daily one hour prior to the start of the work shift
Usual Pediatric Dose for Attention Deficit Disorder
Not FDA approved.
Reports of serious dermatologic adverse effects and psychiatric events has resulted in the FDA's Pediatric Advisory Committee unanimously recommending that a specific warning against the use of modafinil in children be added to the manufacturer's labeling; use only if first- and second-line treatments have failed and the benefits outweigh the risks.
Children less than 30 kg: 200-340 mg once daily
Children more than 30 kg: 300-425 mg
Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pediatric studies have utilized an 85 mg film-coated tablet (currently not commercially available) to provide these dosages. All studies utilized a titration method but varied the length of titration (3 weeks vs 7-9 days); clinical improvement was noted earlier in the shorter titration period.
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