What is Nuvigil 150 Mg ?
NUVIGIL 150 Mg (armodafinil) is a wakefulness-promoting agent for oral administration. Armodafinil is the R-enantiomer of modafinil which is a 1:1 mixture of the R- and S-enantiomers. The chemical name for armodafinil is 2-[(R)-(diphenylmethyl)sulfinyl]acetamide.
Armodafinil reduces extreme sleepiness due to narcolepsy and other sleep disorders, such as periods of stopped breathing during sleep (obstructive sleep apnea). It is also used to help you stay awake during work hours if you have a work schedule that keeps you from having a normal sleep routine (shift work sleep disorder).
This medication does not cure these sleep disorders and may not get rid of all your sleepiness. Armodafinil does not take the place of getting enough sleep. It should not be used to treat tiredness or hold off sleep in people who do not have a sleep disorder.
Nivigil is supplied as a 50 mg, 150 mg or 250 mg tablet designed for oral administration. The recommended initial dose of the drug for the treatment of OSAHS and narcolepsy is 150 mg or 250 mg given as a single dose in the morning. The recommended initial dose of the drug for the treatment of SWSD is 150 mg given daily approximately one hour prior to the start of the work shift.
Nuvigil 150 Mg Indications
NUVIGIL is indicated to improve wakefulness in adult patients with excessive sleepiness associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), narcolepsy, or shift work disorder (SWD).
Limitations Of Use
In OSA, NUVIGIL is indicated to treat excessive sleepiness and not as treatment for the underlying obstruction. If continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the treatment of choice for a patient, a maximal effort to treat with CPAP for an adequate period of time should be made prior to initiating NUVIGIL for excessive sleepiness.
Before taking armodafinil, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to modafinil; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart problems (such as enlarged heart, mitral valve problem, chest pain, heart attack, irregular heartbeat), heart problems after taking stimulant drugs such as amphetamines (including chest pain, irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, liver problems, mental/mood disorders (such as depression, mania, psychosis), personal or family history of a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol).
Sleep disorders may reduce your ability to react quickly. Though armodafinil helps keep you awake, you still may not be able to safely do things that require quick reactions (such as driving). This drug may also make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana.
Given below are some of the side effects of Nuvigil 150 Mg
- Headache (14-23%)
- Nausea (6-9%)
- Dry mouth (2-7%)
- Dizziness (5%)
- Anxiety (4%)
- Diarrhea (4%)
- Insomnia (4%)
- Rash (1-4%)
- Depression (1-3%)
- Dyspepsia (2%)
- Fatigue (2%)
- Palpitations (2%)
- Agitation (1%)
- Anorexia (1%)
- Attention disturbances (1%)
- Contact dermatitis (1%)
- Dyspnea (1%)
- Hyperhidrosis (1%)
- Nervousness (1%)
- Paresthesia (1%)
- Pyrexia (1%)
- Reversible psychosis
- Mouth Sores
- Persistent sleepiness
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: street drugs (such as methamphetamine, MDMA/”ecstasy”).
This medication may decrease the effectiveness of hormonal birth control such as pills, patch, or ring. This could cause pregnancy. Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist if you should use additional reliable birth control methods while using this medication and for 1 month after stopping this medication. Also tell your doctor if you have any new spotting or breakthrough bleeding, because these may be signs that your birth control is not working well.
Some products have ingredients that could raise your heart rate or blood pressure. Tell your pharmacist what products you are using, and ask how to use them safely (especially cough-and-cold products or diet aids).
Caffeine can increase the side effects of this medication. Avoid drinking large amounts of beverages containing caffeine (coffee, tea, colas), eating large amounts of chocolate, or taking nonprescription products that contain caffeine.
Armodafinil is very similar to modafinil. Do not take medications containing modafinil while using armodafinil.