Modafinil – A Wakefulness Promoting Drug
Modafinil is highly effective in the treatment of a condition where and an individual experiences excessive sleepiness during daytime. In medical terminology, this condition is referred to as narcolepsy. This condition is common in people who work in rotational shifts or night shifts and those who have difficulty in falling asleep during the night. It is also used for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea which is the condition where the obstruction in upper respiratory tract makes it difficult for an individual to get restful sleep. Modafinil drug comes under the category of wakefulness-promoting drug. Modafinil impacts the natural substances present in the brain that results in the release of oxygen, which makes individuals active.
Modafinil is consumed in tablet form before or after a meal. The normal dosage of this drug is one tablet once a day. Patients with narcolepsy are advised to take the tablet in the morning. Patients using the drug for treatment of shift work sleep disorder should take it one hour prior to the start of the shift. It advised taking Modafinil at the same time every day. Doctor’s consultation is advised for the people whose shift does not start every day at the same time.
Modafinil is habit-forming drugs, therefore, its prolonged usage and large doses should be avoided. This drug will reduce sleepiness but is not the cure for a sleep disorder. Once prescribed the drug should be continued even if one feels active and fresh. Only after a doctor’s consultation, the usage of the drug should be stopped.
Some people may experience side effects from Modafinil. The most common side effect observed are a headache, nausea, dizziness, bloating, diarrhea, loss of appetite, back pain, confusion, pain in eyes, stiff muscles and excessive thirst. In many cases, hypersensitivity of this drug towards skin is observed. Skin issues like rashes, itchiness, peeling of skin, blisters and mouth ulcers are some of the skin issues. In case of serious side effects, doctor’s consultation is advised.