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Cephalon, the developer of modafinil, created Nuvigil (armodafinil) in 2007. As its predecessor’s patent had run its course, Cephalon came up with a new drug with the same effects. The chemical structure, however, is different.
Because of both drugs’ minor chemical alterations, Cephalon can get another patent for armodafinil. Throughout the day, armodafinil also offers higher concentrations of plasma.
Nuvigil’s generic name is armodafinil, and there’s a generic version available. The drug is used to improve wakefulness in individuals suffering from SWD, OSA, and narcolepsy. The oral tablet of armodafinil comes in doses of 50mg, 150mg, 200mg, and 250mg. The drug’s half-life is around 15 hours and the typical treatment length of Nuvigil is long-term.
The drug should be stored at room temperature from 20°C and 25°C (68°F and 77°F). Nuvigil is a controlled substance, which means your physician must supervise how you take the drug. Moreover, you can’t give a controlled substance to anybody else.
There is no risk of withdrawal symptoms if you stop using this drug. However, armodafinil has the potential for abuse, addiction, or misuse. Take the drug exactly as your doctor recommends. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns and questions when taking armodafinil.
To treat narcolepsy or OSA, take Nuvigil once a day in the morning with a 150 to 250mg dose. For shift work disorder, take 150mg of armodafinil once a day around 1 hour before you begin your work shift.
The listed side effects of both armodafinil and modafinil are similar. Some of the side effects of using either drug include nausea, headache, dizziness, trouble sleeping, anxiety, and diarrhea. Back pain and stuffy nose are side effects associated with modafinil.
Serious side effects are both common in Nuvigil and Provigil. These side effects include depression, allergic reaction or serious rash, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, chest pain, mania, and trouble breathing.
Certain side effects linked to armodafinil vs. modafinil differ slightly, depending on the particular drug, whether that drug is either Nuvigil or Provigil. However, most of the reported mild side effects in user reviews overlap between the two medications.
Before you take a certain drug for the first time, you may observe some mild side effects. This means your system is adjusting to the new medication. If the side effects don’t go away after 2 to 3 weeks, talk to your doctor and see if you can get a lower dosage.
Insomnia can be common if you take either modafinil or armodafinil. However, it’s not actually a reaction to the drug taken. It’s more of improper dosage timing, like taking the drug after lunchtime.
Armodafinil and modafinil, as they have relatively long half-lives, can be active in your system and lead to stimulating effects hours after you take them. Thus, it’s recommended to take either medication early in the morning so you won’t encounter any sleep difficulties at night.
While it’s a rarity, there’s a chance a person may get a severe skin reaction including TEN (toxic epidermal necrolysis), Stevens-Johnson syndrome, or DRESS (drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms. There are studies that show evidence of people having a genetic predisposition developing these conditions when they take medications like armodafinil and modafinil.
It’s important to stop taking these medications if you experience these rare and serious side effects. Also stop taking either medicine if you develop flu-like symptoms, a fever, and a rash that blisters and spreads.
Drug Interactions and Uses with other Conditions
Armodafinil and modafinil can interact with other drugs you may be on. Such interactions can make such medicines less effective. These interactions may even lead to side effects. To avoid drug interactions, your doctor can decrease or increase your dosage of such drugs. Some medications that can interact with either modafinil or armodafinil include:
- Birth control pills
Both armodafinil and modafinil can cause further health issues if you’re suffering from certain health problems. Examples of medical conditions that you may want to discuss with your doctor before taking either drug include:
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
- High blood pressure
- Heart issues
- Mental health conditions