Provigil (Modafinil) is a prescription drug made by Cephalon, Inc. which is meant to improve wakefulness in adults suffering from excessive sleepiness (ES). ES can be caused by a number of contributing factors but when it is a result of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), shift work sleep disorder or narcolepsy, Provigil may be prescribed. Provigil works by altering certain neurotransmitters in the brain inducing a sense of alertness when you are awake.
Since you might be used to seeing herbal based sleep aids on this site, the compounds that make up Provigil may not be as familiar. In fact, unless you are a chemist they may not even be pronounceable.
Provigil is the brand name for the chemical compound Modafinil which has the chemical name 2-[(diphenylmethyl)sulfinyl]acetamide. Each pill also contains varying amounts of: armodafinil, croscarmellose sodium, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone and pregelatinized starch.
Is Provigil Safe?
Safe is a relative term when it comes to a pharmaceutical grade product. That is one of the nice things about a natural remedy; you don’t have to decipher varying shades of grey when it comes to safety. Officially, Provigil has been approved by the FDA which at least means it has been thoroughly tested and met some of their standards for safety. This, unfortunately, doesn’t guarantee safety as the constant lawsuits against prescription products proves.
The known side effects of Provigil include headache, nausea, nervousness, stuffy nose, diarrhea, back pain, anxiety, trouble sleeping, dizziness, and upset stomach. Those side effects are relatively common but some users have also reported chest pain, depression, anxiety, hallucinations, psychosis, mania, thoughts of suicide, aggression and other mental problems. If any of these symptoms occur,you would need to stop taking Provigil immediately and seek emergency medical treatment. It is also important to remember that Provigil affects the central nervous system which can affect how you think or react. Using Provigil while operating a vehicle or other machinery could be dangerous.
How Much Is Provigil?
Price varies widely when it comes to prescription drugs. Most of the time these drugs are covered by some kind of insurance and the actual cost is only paid in part by the consumer. There are also generic options available but the sources of such generic medication can’t always be trusted. If you are paying out of pocket, you can spend several hundred dollars for a prescription depending on dosage.
Is There A Money Back Guarantee?
Money back guarantees are uncommon with prescriptions.
Is Provigil Worth Purchasing?
Unfortunately this really isn’t the place to determine for you individually if this product is right for you or not. With most herbal remedies, a comparison can be made based on clinical research, ingredients and effective quantities, but in the case of a prescription drug those normal comparisons are impossible. My only recommendation would be to consider all of your options before resorting to a pharmaceutical drug. These are questions best considered with a doctor who is qualified to make a diagnosis.