Provigil Side Effects:
What to Look Out For

Provigil side effects should always be considered before embarking on this as a form of treatment for depression.

Provigil promotes wakefullness so it is typically a medication that is used to help to treat a condition known as narcolepsy. This is a condition where a person may fall asleep without warning, anywhere, anytime. The same medication may also be used to treat disorders such as sleep apnea or cessation of breathing that is causes by the narcolepsy or the inability to sleep regular hours.

Recently there has been some research done that suggests maybe provigil may be effective for treating depression as well because, similar to antidepressants, it alters the chemicals in the brain As with any medication, it is important to learn about and understand the side effects before you begin taking it.

Provigil is offered to you in a tablet form and whether or not you take it with food, it is just as effective. If you are taking this medication to treat your narcolepsy, you may want to schedule your medication to be taken the first thing in the morning to fend off the narcolepsy early in the day. You should also keep your doses regular, so that if you take it in the morning one day, taking it in the morning the next day is a good idea.

Provigil can be habit forming so you will need to monitor your own interest in the drug, and be sure to take it only as prescribed by your personal physician.

As with any other drug, Provigil side effects exist. The drug may affect the central nervous system so it can impair your thinking and reaction time. Some are minor and will be overcome as you are treated with the drug, while others may be more serious and should be watched for.

One side effect of your Provigil is that it may make your birth control pills less effective so you will want to use some additional form of birth control while you are taking the drug and for at least a month afterward.

You should not drink alcohol while taking this medication, nor should you consume grapefruit or grapefruit juice while you are taking it.

Provigil Side Effects

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Dizziness

  • Drowsiness

  • Inability to sleep

  • Heartburn

  • Dry Mouth

  • Trembling or Shaking

  • Mental Confusion

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Numb or Tingling extremities

  • Sweating

  • Depression

    If you experience any of these symptoms, no matter how slight, it is necessary to inform your physician for monitoring. As with any medication, allergic reactions can also occur. Watch for hives, rash or other skin problems as well as other signs of allergic reaction.

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