Armodafinil

Description

Armodafinil is used to promote wakefulness in patients with extreme sleepiness during daytime or sleepiness due to sleeping disorders. It also helps in staying awake during work hours if the work schedule is not adjusted to having a scheduled sleeping time. It will not cure the sleep disorders or get rid of all kind of sleepiness. It should not be used to hold off sleep in those who do not have any sleeping disorders.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Armodafinil

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fever and chills
  • Confusion
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Unusual tiredness and weakness
  • Chest pain

Uses of Armodafinil

What is it prescribed for?

  • Narcolepsy
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome (OSAHS)
  • Shift work sleep disorder
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The time required for this medicine to show its effect is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    There is no well-established clinical data available regarding the duration of action of this medicine.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    Armodafinil may be habit forming.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. If the medicine is used, close monitoring of the infant for any undesired effects is necessary. Your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding or to discontinue the drug based on your clinical condition.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to armodafinil or its related compounds or any other components present with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. If the medicine is used, close monitoring of the infant for any undesired effects is necessary. Your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding or to discontinue the drug based on your clinical condition.
General warnings

Drowsiness

This medicine may not completely cure the sleepiness caused by your disorder. This may cause drowsiness or dizziness. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness like driving a vehicle or operating machinery during treatment with this medicine.

Consumption of alcohol

Do not consume alcohol during treatment with Armodafinil due to the increased risk of drowsiness, dizziness, and impaired judgment.

Contraception

Hormonal contraceptive methods will not work properly while taking Armodafinil. This may result in an unwanted pregnancy. It is advised that you use alternative methods of birth control while taking this medicine and for 1 month after stopping treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

If a dose of Armodafinil is missed, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for the next dose, continue with the normal dosing schedule. Do not double your dose to make up for the forgotten dose. It is advised that you do not take this medicine if it is too late in a waking day since you may find it difficult to sleep at night.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact a doctor immediately in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Citalopram

Clopidogrel

Ranolazine

Fentanyl

Levomethadyl acetate

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Strictly follow all the instructions on the label and take Armodafinil only as directed. Do not take more than what is prescribed or share this medication with other people. It is advised that you should inform the doctor about all the medicines or herbal products that you are using and about all your medical conditions before taking this medicine. Do not use this medicine in place of getting a good sleep and follow all the doctor's instructions on good sleeping habits.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken in morning only

May cause sleepiness

How it works
Armodafinil works by acting on the area of the brain that controls sleep and wakefulness by increasing the amounts of certain natural substances required for being awake.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Wakefullness promoting agents, Psychoanaleptic

Schedule

N/A

Armodafinil: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2017 [cited 2 August 2017]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a607067.html

DailyMed - ARMODAFINIL- armodafinil tablet [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 1 August 2017]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=2fb5e68a-c543-4dd7-8d57-798548c3963e&audience=consumer

Armodafinil - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 1 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB06413

Armodafinil (substance) [Internet]. Snomedbrowser.com. 2017 [cited 1 August 2017]. Available from:

http://www.snomedbrowser.com/Codes/Details/428694009

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Information on this page was last updated on 8 Aug 2017

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