Artvigil (Armodafinil) is used to treat drowsiness, which can occur with sleep apnea syndrome, narcolepsy, or disorders caused by intermittent work. This drug can also be used for other indications.
Properties and mechanism of action
Armodafinil works by inhibiting dopamine reuptake and increasing histamine levels in the hypothalamus. This increases the extracellular concentration of dopamine and enhances neurophysiological activity. Increased dopamine leads to physical and psychological arousal and enhances cognitive function.
An increase in the level of histamine and dopamine increases the concentration of other monoamines: norepinephrine, serotonin and orexin. Serotonin is responsible for emotional stability and mood. Stimulation of orexin receptors increases physical activity.
Compare with traditional stimulants, armodafinil gives a natural feeling of vigor and concentration. Also, there is no nervousness, anxiety and jumps in blood pressure. Improving cognitive function is achieved by stimulating the necessary neurotransmitters. Armodafinil increases orexin and histamine levels, which affect wakefulness and arousal and appetite control.
Indications for use:
Artvigil is recommended for use if:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Slow down reactions
- Depressive states
- Permanent daytime sleepiness
- Memory impairment
- Decreased mental concentration
- Decreased sleep quality
- Apnea Syndrome
- Bipolar disorder.
Artvigil is not allowed to take in next cases:
- With an individual allergic reaction to armodafinil, modafinil, or any other component of this drug.
- In case you are allergic to similar drugs, any other medicines, foods, or other substances.
- In case you are taking this drug or drug similar to it has ever been accompanied by a rash.
- In case you have problems with heart.
- If you have a heart valve disease.
This drug is not intended to treat sleep disorders, and its use does not replace sleep.
Avoid driving vehicles, as well as other activities that require increased attention, until you see how this drug affects you.
This drug can be addictive with prolonged use.
If you suddenly stop taking this drug, you may experience signs of withdrawal.
Drinking of alcohol is not recommended while taking this medication.
Limit caffeine (such as tea, coffee, and cola) and chocolate. When taken with this drug, it can cause nervousness, trembling, and tachycardia.
Mental disorders or mood changes, such as depression and suicidal thoughts, were observed while taking this drug.
When using this drug, a severe and sometimes life-threatening reaction was observed.
If you are 65 years old or older, take this tablets very carefully. You may have more side effects.
It is prohibited to use Artvigil in the treatment of children.
In case of pregnancy or the period of breast feeding, please, consult your doctor.
Dosage and administration
Dosage form: 150mg white, round tablets.
Take this medication independently on mealtime. More time may pass before the effect of the drug develops in case you take this medication with food.
In case of Sleep Disorders Caused by Shift Work- take 1 tablet 1 hour before work.
In case of Narcolepsy and sleep apnea syndrome - take 1 tablet in the morning.
For nootropic goals – 50mg per day.
Any medicine may have side effects. However, for many people, side effects are either mild or non-existent. Contact your doctor or seek medical help if these or any other side effects bother you: dizziness, headache, nausea, sleep disturbances, dry mouth.