To prevent daytime sleepiness it should be taken in the morning. If it is prescribed for work-time sleepiness, it can be taken one hour before work shift. Before taking Modafinil, better to read all the instructions, medication guides came with the drug. If the patient has some confusion he has to clear it with doctor. Generally tablet can be taken with or without food. Again it may depend on patients.
Modafinil is usually prescribed for 12 weeks or less than that. Along with Modafinil some patients are given CPAP, Continuous positive airway pressure machine. This is usually prescribed for the patients suffering from sleepiness due to obstructive sleep apnea. It’s a machine works as an air pump with a mask which blows air gently. This should be used when the patient is sleeping. Once started using this machine, it should be continued till the doctor insists to stop the usage. This combination of Modafinil and CPAP is very effective in treating sleep apnea. Sharing, selling or giving away Modafinil is against the law in most of the countries. Hence, it is always important to buy Modafinil/Provigil from an authentic store. It can be purchased online over the counter without any prescription.
Important pointers to store and use Modafinil
Modafinil should be stored in room temperature away from moisture and heat. Patient should make sure the amount of medicine carefully. Since it is very addictive, it should not be used by any other family member or friends without prescription.
For adults suggested dose for narcolepsy is 200mg daily which should be taken in the morning. For obstructive sleep apnea or Hypopnea also 200mg daily, should be taken in the morning. Suggested dose for work shift sleep disorder is 200mg/day one hour before the work shift. In case of kids suffering from attention deficit disorder Modafinil is used. This is used in severe conditions when all other methods to cure the disorder fail. The suggested dose is 200-340mg once daily for the kids below 30kg and 300-425mg daily for the kids above 30kg.
When it is prescribed for sleepiness disorders, it should be skipped when the patient is not working for that particular day or no plans to awake for more hours. He can skip the dose if it is almost bedtime. If the patient misses the dose by mistake he should inform it to the doctor. He can’t take that missed dose along with the regular dose next morning. If someone takes extra dose, then immediate action should be taken. They need emergency medical attention.
If the patient is required to drive soon after taking the Modafinil extra care should be taken. When taking the dose better to avoid alcohol intake.
If the patient is already taking vitamins or any other herbal products there is chance that Modafinil may interact with these drugs. This should be discussed with doctor before starting Modafinil dose.
Patient should take emergency medical help if there any allergic symptoms like difficulty in breathing, hives, swelling in the face, tongue or throat.