Provigil is a prescription drug for narcolepsy treatment. It betters the attention focusing and relieves of somnolence, increasing the perception and memory capabilities. Its generic name is modafinil.
As a probiotic, the pharmaceutical figures high among other nootropic agents. This drug can increase the perception by neurotransmitter stimulation in brain. It is also used for mental abilities improvement.
Sometimes doctors prescribe this medicine to treat memory and concentration deficiency, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression.
Keep in mind that modafinil is not available without prescription in the United States and Canada. The US authorities strictly supervise its distribution in the country’s territory.
Be aware that this drug may cause giddiness. Combination with alcohol or some other pharmaceuticals can worsen this reaction. Learn how your body reacts to the medicine before driving or performing other responsible tasks under its effect.
Inform your doctor about any allergic reaction you have; any medications, additives, or preparations you take. Keep in mind that some drugs may interact with this active material, especially:
Always consult your doctor before increasing the recommended dose.
Children should not take the medication, because they have increased possibility of having severe skin reactions. Nevertheless, sometimes possible risks can be outweighed by the advantages.
It is recommended to avoid drinking alcohol while taking generic Provigil.
How modafinil works
Its mechanism of action differs from amphetamine, ephedrine, or other similar psychostimulants.
The active material influences various brain regions. It is likely that the most important effect is an acceleration of mental response speed. This effect relates to the lower region of betweenbrain, or hypothalamus, where nerve tracts are activated. These tracts are responsible for orexins/hypocretins functioning. The latter play a key role in stabilizing wakefulness and sleep as supply mediums.
In addition, it activates sympathetic alpha-1 receptors of central nervous system, increases the activity of glutamic and histamine transmitters’ stimulation, and enhances the effects of serotonin in cerebral cortex.
This active material reduces the activity of inhibitory nerve cells that have gamma-aminobutyric acid as a transmitter. It does not cause the excitation of dopamine system in central nervous system. It is the most important effect of amphetamines.
Side effects of modafinil
Generic Provigil is characterized by a good tolerance in therapeutic doses, although it may lead to the “pleasure” effect and development of addiction. However, it does that to a much lesser degree than amphetamines.
As a rule, the adverse reactions are related to the stimulation of central nervous system activity. They may include:
- Abdominal pains
- Dry mouth
A patient also may suffer high blood pressure, palpitation, or allorhythmia. In rare instances, there may be serum rash, alkaline phosphatase increase, and voluntary movement disorder.
What you should do in case of overdose
These are the signs of an overdose with modafinil:
- Rapid cardiac rhythm
- High blood pressure
In case of overdose, do not hesitate to contact your doctor immediately or seek for emergency medical aid, even if you feel unwell.