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Medically reviewed by Dr. Josette Davignon
Last updated: 4.02.2023
I am a 30-year-old narcoleptic woman. I was diagnosed when I was 12 years old and went through most of the medications used to treat narcolepsy, but none seemed to work. Finally, my doctor convinced me to try Artvigil after another medication worked, but not well enough to prevent me from having sleep attacks. I must say that, as someone who has been through many narcolepsy drugs, this medicine has made a big difference to my ability to get up and go out. Insurance companies may cause you difficulties unless you have been officially diagnosed with narcolepsy with cataplexy and have tried other medications that do not work.
Artvigil I take it in the morning it keeps me highly motivated at work and wakes up after dinner and then I fall asleep normally at night. No side effects, maybe a little sweaty, but that's about it. My daily dose is 300mg. The only problem is that I don't know how long I can take the pills, I've been taking them for 4 months, the doctor tells me to take two more months and then let's see ... I don't want to take them all my life but I'm afraid I will.
My Doc prescribed Generic Artvigil 250mg. I was not given instructions to adjust up to that dose. I took the full tab. I had a gradual onset of symptoms over a period of about 2.5 hours. It felt like my brain was vibrating. Palpitations of the heart Shaking hands Nausea. Super awake ..... For 17 hours. I couldn't stop talking. Sometimes he is short of breath. Who can say what the long-term effect on the brain is. One dose scared me enough. I will never take it again. I think it is dangerous and the prescription should be limited.
When the doctor prescribed these pills for me I first read various Artvigil reviews, and should have tried it a long time ago. With Armodafinil I feel euphoria with 300mg. The tablet is hard, I put it in my mouth and wait while it dissolves, within 20 minutes I am fully awake. The pills serve me super well with my morning tiredness. Every now and then, however, I noticed that my thoughts were constantly wandering and that I was not paying attention to the previous activity. That came to me several times with Artvigil, but it lasted 3 seconds and I'm back to work.
For years I suffered from chronic fatigue, which was related to undiagnosed fibromyalgia. I had to plan my life around my nap. I was so tired that my nap lasted 3-4 hours. In the morning I could never get up before 10.00. I had to say goodbye to work. Fortunately, a debilitating flare led me to discover that I had fibro along with the most common symptom, chronic fatigue. Somehow I came across an article online about Armodafinil and used it to treat CF. I had to take it to my doctor, who decided to prescribe it. Thanks to this medicine I had a life again. Now I use the generic Artvigil instead of Provigil, which I took before and works better for me, and I take it in the smaller doses because the effect lasts longer.