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Armodafinil

INFORMATION

Uses

Armodafinil is used in the treatment of narcolepsy (uncontrollable daytime sleepiness) and day time drowsiness in sleep apnea (obstruction in breathing during sleep).

How it works

Armodafinil is a wakefulness-promoting agent. The exact mechanism of action of armodafinil is not known, however, it is likely to stop the transfer and absorption of a chemical called dopamine in brain. It is also likely to increase certain signals in the brain and thus, exert a wakefulness-promoting effect.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Frequent urge to urinate, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Difficulty in paying attention, Dry mouth, Increased thirst, Headache, Heartburn, Impaired concentration, Increased sweating, Insomnia, Loss of appetite, Stomach pain

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Expert advice

  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines including medicine for treating anxiety, depression, or seizures, sleeping pills, pain relievers, muscle relaxers, anticoagulants or other medicines including such as citalopram, palbociclib, levomethadyl acetate, olaparib, clopidogril, ranolazine.
  • Take precautions if you have high blood pressure, any mental (psychological) illness or if you consumed alcohol excessively or ever overused a medicine (drug abuse).
  • Tell your doctor if you are or are planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding. 
  • Certain types of contraceptives (hormonal birth control measures) become less effective while on armodafinil treatment. Additional birth control measures may be required during/after treatment with this drug in patients who are not planning to become pregnant.
  • As armodafinil may cause dizziness, do not drive or operate machinery.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may worsen the side effect of armodafinil.

Frequently asked questions

Armodafinil

Q.Does armodafinil work?
Armodafinil is effective if taken as per the dose and duration prescribed by a doctor

Q.What does armodafinil look like?
Armodafinil is available in the form of a tablet which is to be taken orally

Q.Is armodafinil a narcotic/is it addictive?
No. Armodafinil is not a narcotic. It has very low potential to be a habit forming medicine. Please follow your doctor's instructions about the dose and duration of treatment. Do not take it for longer time than prescribed. Do not discontinue the treatment abruptly.


Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)