Each tablet of this drug contains 200 mg of Modafinil. This drug is used for adults when they are suffering from narcolepsy with/without cataplexy due to excessive sleeping. What we actually mean by excessive sleeping is that the person finds it difficult to stay awake and tend to fall asleep during the inappropriate and working hours of the day.
The medical name of Modafinil is Provigil and it is known to be a prescription medicine. This medicine is also prescribed and is associated for the treatment of narcolepsy, sleep apnea and shift work sleep disorder. The effectiveness of this medicine is increased when taken with other medicines but it can also be taken alone.
Modafinil belongs to a group of drugs that are called CYP3AF Inducers, Stimulants, and moderate. Modafinil is used orally to prompt the act of wakefulness in adults. This medicine is known to be a racemic compound. Its chemical name is 2-[(diphenylmethyl)sulfinyl] acetamide. The molecular formula of Modafinil is C15H15NO2S and it has the molecular weight of 273.35.
The physical properties of Modafinil includes its color that ranges from white to off-white. It is available in the form of crystalline powder that is insoluble in cyclohexane and water. This medicine is slightly soluble in acetone and methanol. The ingredients that this tablet contains include lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, pregelatinized starch, and povidine.
To reduce the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), narcolepsy, or shift work disorder (SWD), doctors normally prescribe Modafinil to the patients. It has been known to function its best in adults to improve their wakefulness. This medicine is not used for the underlying obstruction but it is used to treat excessive sleepiness in adults. The research shows that people suffering from continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) are prescribed the treatment of Modafinil to reduce its symptoms.
This medication is also recommended for patients taking the treatment of OSA or narcolepsy once a day. The most accurate dosage for the treatment of narcolepsy is 200 mg and there are no other benefits of taking this medicine in amounts greater than 200 mg. While taking this medicine for the treatment of shift work disorder (SWD), it is recommended to take Modafinil 200 mg one hour before staring your work shift. This medicine has also been quite effective for patients dealing with severe hepatic impairment and geriatric patients.
The most common side effects that occur due to intake of Modafinil are hives, mouth sores, skin rash, blisters on skin, trouble swallowing, fever, short breaths, dark urine, depression, swelling in eyes, lips, face, anxiety, chest pain, uneven heartbeats, headache, and dizziness.