Synonyms: Modafinil, Provigil, Vigicer, Vigil, Modapro, Modavigil, Alertec, Alertex, Modasomil, Nuvigil
Common Side Effects Some of these side effects include dizziness, difficulty sleeping, nausea, vomiting, headache, nervousness, anxiety, constipation, weakness and diarrhea. While these are considered the most common side effects associated with using this medication, they only affect a small number of people.
Severe Side Effects Unfortunately, there are also a number of severe side effects associated with using Modalert. Some of these side effects include confusion, depression, sudden hallucinations, agitation, abnormal thoughts, allergic reaction, difficulty breathing, tightening of the chest, skin rash and hives. These side effects are also very rare and do not affect a large number of users.
Important Safety Information While Modalert does promote wakefulness and alertness in users, it is strongly recommended that users that suffer from narcolepsy never operate any type of machinery (including an automobile) throughout the course of their treatment. If you experience sever itching, swelling or burning, it is possible that you may be having an allergic reaction and should seek immediate medical attention.
Use Always use this medication exactly as it was prescribed by your doctor and never in dosages larger than what has been recommended on the label. The drug is administered in pill form in dosages of 200 mg and 400 mg daily. The first dosage should always be taken in the morning and can be taken either with or without food. Always store this medication at room temperature and away from sources of moisture.
Warning If you experience any of the above side effects, contact your doctor immediately.
If an overdose is suspected, contact the poison control center and head directly to the nearest emergency room.
Modalert is used to treat the above ailments only and should not be used for any other medical purpose unless specifically prescribed by a doctor.
What is the most important information I should know about modalert? Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Modalert may affect your judgment, thinking, or motor skills. If you experience any of these effects, avoid hazardous activities. It is best to avoid alcohol while taking modalert. Alcohol or modalert may have altered effects if taken together. Modalert may decrease the effects of hormonal methods of birth control including birth control pills and depot and implantable formulations (e.g., Norplant, Depo-Provera)
What is modalert? The exact way that modalert works is not known. Modalert is used to improve wakefulness in patients with excessive daytime sleepiness associated with narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea/hypoapnea syndrome (OSAHS), and shift work sleep disorder (SWSD). Modalert may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking modalert? Before taking modalert, tell your doctor if you have left ventricular hypertrophy (enlarged left heart ventricle); chest pain, irregular heartbeats, or other symptoms of mitral valve prolapse due to central nervous system stimulant use; a recent history of a heart attack; high blood pressure; angina (chest pain); abused medicines called stimulants or street drugs; a history of mental illness; kidney disease; or liver disease. You may not be able to take modalert, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above. Modalert is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether it will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take modalert without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether modalert passes into breast milk. Do not take modalert without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding. If you are older than 65 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from modalert. You may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment.
How should I take modalert? Take modalert exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you. Take each dose with a full glass of water. Modalert can be taken with or without food. Modalert is usually taken once a day. Follow your doctor's instructions. It is important to take modalert regularly to get the most benefit. Modalert is not a replacement for sleep. Modalert may reduce the signs of sleepiness, but may not completely treat this problem. Some drowsiness may continue. Potentially hazardous activities such as driving or operating machinery should only be performed if the level of wakefulness achieved is sufficient to permit such activities. Other treatments such as CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) use should be continued as directed by your doctor if you have obstructive sleep apnea/hypoapnea syndrome (OSAHS) and are taking modalert. Modalert may be habit forming. You should discuss the abuse and dependence potential of modalert with your doctor. Do not stop taking modalert without first talking to your doctor. Your doctor may want to gradually lower the dose of the medication before stopping treatment. Store modalert at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember as directed by your doctor. A missed dose taken late in the waking day may cause insomnia. If you don't remember until it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
What happens if I overdose? Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms of a modalert overdose may include excitation, agitation, insomnia, sleep disturbances, anxiety, irritability, aggressiveness, confusion, nervousness, tremor, palp