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Treating Narcolepsy with Modafinil

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What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a neurological disease that affects the ability to sleep and stay awake. A patient suffering from this disease have uncontrollable sleep, at inappropriate times especially in the middle of the day, while working, and without warning. 

What is Modafinil?

Modafinil belongs to the "stimulants" group of drugs, mainly used to treat excessive sleepiness caused due to Narcolepsy and other sleep disorders. Though there is no cure to Narcolepsy, Modafinil helps in treating some of the symptoms of the disease. It helps the patient stay awake during the day, and normalize the sleeping routine. 

Generic Name: Modafinil

Brand Name: Provigil

Strengths: Available in 100mg and 200mg

Modafinil works on the brain promotes wakefulness in patients by enhancing alertness and reducing sleepiness during the day. 

How to take Modafinil?

Modafinil should be taken as a whole along with water. It shouldn't be crushed or broken. It can be taken after food or before food. It is recommended that as per the instructions of the doctor, Modafinil should be consumed by the patients.

Modafinil is available in 2 strengths - 100 and 200mg. At the initial stages, the doctors start with dosage from 50 to 100mg daily. With time, the dosage is increased to 200mg a day. This 200mg can be consumed once a day, or divided into two 100 mg, with 1 taken in the morning, another 100mg at the noon. The doctor is the right person, to give the exact dosage. Depending on the symptoms, health, allergic history, and acceptance of drugs by the body the Modafinil dosage is increased or decreased.

Look out for the side effects of Modafinil.

In addition to benefitting the patient, Modafinil gives certain side effects, though all patients may not experience them. Here are some of the common side effects, however, it is advised to visit the doctor if the symptoms stay for long or give trouble.

1. Headache: If the patient has a history of migraine, taking modafinil might increase the frequency and severity of migraine attacks.

What to do? Headache passes in a day or two. The patient must drink lots of water and take migraine medicines, or pain killers. If the headache persists and doesn't subside in 2 days, it is advised to visit a doctor. 

2. Stomach ache: Modafinil might lead to indigestion and also diarrhea. 

What to do? Stick to simple food, and avoid spicy food. The patient must drink plenty of water. Eating a well-balanced diet along with water may help in easy digestion.

3. Dizziness: In Narcolepsy, sleepiness condition is common. At the initial stages when modafinil is taken, the patient might suffer dizziness and blurred vision. 

What to do? This is normal; hence the patient must avoid driving, using machinery tools to avoid accidents.

When to visit a doctor?

When a patient starts experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is important to visit a doctor as soon as possible:

  1. Rashes on the skin, or blisters anywhere on the body.
  2. Mood swings - Change in behaviour, thinking or moods.
  3. Any kind of breathlessness, chest pain, or heavy breathing.

Narcolepsy treatment review

Narcolepsy patients need to visit their doctor on a regular basis and share their experiences and symptoms. The dosage of modafinil might be increased or decreased depending upon the patient's body response. Taking Modafinil is a long-term treatment and very beneficial for Narcolepsy. Regular BP check-up and heart rate are closely monitored. Modafinil can be addictive, hence patient taking this drug needs regular monitoring and counselling. It is advised to take Modafinil only with a doctor's consultation. You can purchase Modafinil online with doctor’s prescription.