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Modafinil

Information

Uses

Modafinil is used in the treatment of narcolepsy

How it works

Modafinil modulates the levels of chemical messengers in the brain and exerts a stimulant effect to reduce extreme sleepiness.

Common side effects

Headache, Nausea, Nervousness, Anxiety, Dizziness, Blurred vision, Palpitations, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Sleepiness, Abdominal pain, Irritability, Dyspepsia, Increased liver enzymes, Abnormal thoughts, Depression, Tachycardia, Decreased appetite, Diarrhoea, Confusion, Constipation

Available Medicine

  • ₹122 to ₹190
    Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹95 to ₹157
    Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    4 variant(s)
  • ₹68
    Tripada Healthcare Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹60 to ₹98
    Cipla Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹83 to ₹190
    Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹75
    Psycormedies
    1 variant(s)

Expert advice

  • Take the drug about 1 hour before you need to be fully alert.
  • Limit intake of caeffine.
  • Do not stop the drug suddenly as you can get withdrawl symptoms.
  • Do not drink alcohol whil taking this drug.
  • Do not give modafinil to children below 18 years of age.
  • Do not take the medicine if you are allergic to it or to any other content (e.g. lactose) in the medicine.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery after taking modafinil as it may cause dizziness or blurred vision.
  • Inform your doctor before taking the medicine if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.

Frequently asked questions

Modafinil

Q. Is modafinil an addictive/narcotic drug?
Modafinil is not a narcotic drug. But, it may cause addiction/dependency if not taken as prescribed
Q. Is modafinil an amphetamine/nootropic?
Yes. Modafinil is a nootropic drug but it is not an amphetamine
Q. Is modafinil safe?
Yes. Modafinil is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor
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Q. Can I take modafinil with citalopram, paracetamol, aspirin, Ritalin, or Aderall?
Modafinil should not be taken with citalopram. It can be taken with paracetamol, aspirin, Ritalin, or Aderall, only if prescribed by your doctor
Q. Does modafinil improve memory?
Modafinil promotes wakefulness. However, it does not improve the memory
Q. Does modafinil cause hair loss?
Yes. Modafinil may cause hair loss. If you experience any such symptoms, please consult your doctor
Q. Does modafinil promote weight loss?
No. Modafinil does not promote weight loss.

Content on this page was last updated on 07 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)