Modafinil (or Provigil) is a type of oral drug that is classified as alertness promoting agents. The drug alters the quantity of particular natural elements found in the brain that controls sleep and alertness. Modafinil 200 mg tables are stimulant drug that has the ability to produce elated feeling; its aim is to advance alertness, improved memory power and cognitive skills.
Modafinil was at first developed in France by neurophysiologist and emeritus experimental medicine professor Michel Jouvet and Lafon Laboratories. It was birth with the late 1970s invention alongside a series of benzhydryl sulfinyl compounds, including adrafinil Actually, in 1986, Adrafinil first offered as an experimental treatment for narcolepsy in France before Modafinil. It has been approved in France since 1994 under the name Modiodal, but it was not until 1998 that it was approved the United States as Provigil. It was was however later on also approved for use in the UK in December 2002. Modafinil is marketed in the United State by Cephalon Inc.
What Is Modafinil Used For?
It is approved by the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of narcolepsy and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Narcolepsy is a body condition that causes extreme sleepiness during daytime. Narcolepsy is also known as shift work sleep disorder. Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is sleeping disorder in which the patients find it complex to breathe while at sleep. Hence Modafinil is often combined with their breathing device and other treatment so as to prevent excess sleep.
Apart from people that suffer from Narcolepsy, late night workers use it to keep alert wake and avoid instances of falling sleepy during the duty hours. Even military or defense workers who need to stay alert and awake in severe situations or during battle conditions can be recommended to take this drug.
Researchers generally agree that modafinil advances and improves some aspects of working memory, such as digit span, digit manipulation and pattern recognition memory.
Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Modafinil has proved be effective in the treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In 2006, the Food and Drug Authority found out that it was not suitable for use on children for that purpose. This rejection was mainly as result of two cases of serious skin rash, suspected to have been Erythema multiforme or Stevens Johnson syndrome, among 933 subjects that received the drug. It is also used to treat psychiatric/neurodegenerative disorders. Although not approved but yet effective, it is used in the treatment of bipolar depression, opiate, cocaine dependence, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia.
Modafinil as Doping agent.
Modafinil has acknowledged some publicity in the past as a doping agent. Several athletes in previous years have been found using it as performances enhancers. Some athletes like sprinter Kelli White in 2004, cyclist David Clinger and basketball player Diana Taurasi.
This drug has been found to be useful in addressing the problem of neurological fatigue that patients of multiple sclerosis suffer from. According to a study conducted in 2000 Cephalon, participants taking a lower dose of modafinil reported feeling less fatigued. For about nine weeks, seventy two people with mulitiple sclerosis of varying rates of severity were tested with two different doses of modafinil and an inactive placebo.
Modafinil and Weight loss.
Several studies show that Modafinil has a combination of appetite reducing and weight loss effect. It is used off the label to treat Fatigue and cocaine dependencies and post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment.
Where Can I Buy Modafinil in France?
This drug is available in 100mg and 200mg pills but Modafinil 200 mg pills are the most popular. It can be bought from almost all pharmacies and you will definitely need a prescription. Without a prescription, you will need to buy from an international online pharmacy but you have to be sure on how to use it.
How Much Does It Cost in France?
They are a variety of different prices for Modafinil depending on your location and what pharmacy you go to; however, online prices are fairer. You can get this drug between €3 or €4 per 200 mg pill from a local pharmacy and between €1.29 to €2.49 a pill from online pharmacy, including shipping online.
What Are The Side Effects of Modafinil?
Most people believe that Modafinil is safe and has no side effects for most people. There have being some cases where people experience minor or major side effects. The minor side effects range from allergic reaction (hives) to difficulty in breathing to minor swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. There are also common side effects like back pain, drowsiness, nausea, nervousness, stuffy nose, diarrhea, anxiety and stomach upset. However, you need to stop using this drug and see your doctor immediately if you encounter fever, headache, and vomiting with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash.
Also, if you start feeling numb, pain, muscle weakness, bleeding and several tingling or you notice white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips; those are serious side effects that a doctor needs to look at as soon as possible.
What Precautionary Measures Should I Take?
Prior to taking modafinil, be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist in detail and inform them of any allergies to it. They need to access your medical history especially if you suffer from any heart condition (for example; chest pain, heart attack, heart valve problem), liver problems, mental problems (psychosis), kidney problem or drug/alcohol abuse. Although modafinil helps keep you awake and alert, it may make you dizzy; it is advisable not to drive or use delicate or heavy machinery until you are absolutely used to it. It is also important to note that Modafinil can render certain types of birth control pills less efficient, which could lead to unplanned pregnancy.
What Are The Different Brand Names For Modafinil?
Worldwide, Modafinil is sold under different brand names. So don’t get confused if you find yourself in a different part of the world that uses a different name. Below is a list:
Alertec – Canada, Ecuador
Carim – Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Uruguay
Modalert – India (also Provake, Modapro, Modafil, Modvigil)
Modasomil – Austria, Switzerland
Modavigil – Australia, New Zealand
Modiodal – France, Denmark, Greece, Cyprus, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Turkey, Japan
Provigil – Belgium, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa, Israel
Resotyl – Chile (also Mentix, Alertex, Zalux)
Stavigile – Brazil
Vigia – Colombia
Vigicer – Argentina
Vigil – Germany
Modafinil 200mg is very useful for a number of illnesses and is still under research for several more. It is indeed a powerful drug but should be taken with caution and under the right information.