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How should I take Nuvigil?


How should I take Nuvigil?

Take Nuvigil exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Nuvigil may be habit-forming. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Selling or giving away this medicine to any other person is against the law.

This medicine comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Nuvigil is usually taken each morning to prevent daytime sleepiness, or 1 hour before the start of a work shift to treat work-time sleep disorders.

You may take this medicine with or without food.

Nuvigil is usually given for up to 12 weeks. Follow your doctor's instructions.

If you are taking this medicine to treat sleepiness caused by obstructive sleep apnea, you may also be treated with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. This machine is an air pump connected to mask that gently blows pressurized air into your nose while you sleep. The pump does not breathe for you, but the gentle force of air helps keep your airway open to prevent obstruction.

Do not stop using your CPAP machine during sleep unless your doctor tells you to. The combination of treatment with CPAP and Nuvigil may be necessary to best treat your condition.

Nuvigil will not cure obstructive sleep apnea or treat its underlying causes. Follow your doctor's instructions about all your other treatments for this disorder.

Taking this medication does not take the place of getting enough sleep. Talk with your doctor if you continue to have excessive sleepiness even while taking this medicine.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Nuvigil is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.

Important information

You should not use Nuvigil if you have ever had a rash or allergic reaction caused by armodafinil or modafinil (Provigil).

Before using Nuvigil, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, heart disease or high blood pressure, a heart valve disorder, a history of mental illness, a history of drug or alcohol addiction, or if you have recently had a heart attack.

 

Stop taking Nuvigil and call your doctor if you have a skin rash, no matter how mild. A medicine similar to armodafinil has caused severe skin reactions serious enough to require hospitalization. Other signs of a severe reaction include fever, swelling in your face or tongue, mouth sores, and a red or purple skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Nuvigil if you are allergic to armodafinil or modafinil (Provigil).

To make sure Nuvigil is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • liver or kidney disease;
  • a heart muscle or valve disorder such as mitral valve prolapse;
  • heart disease or history of heart attack;
  • high blood pressure;
  • a history of mental illness or psychosis; or
  • a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

It is not known whether Nuvigil will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.

Nuvigil can make certain types of birth control less effective for as long as a month after you stop taking armodafinil. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking Nuvigil.

It is not known whether armodafinil passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medication to anyone under 17 years old without medical advice.

 

 



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