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What is Artvigil (Armodafinil) used for?
Artvigil (Armodafinil) is an oral medication used to treat patients suffering from narcolepsy or other sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea. It operates by adjusting the balance of certain chemicals in the brain that controls the sleep and wake cycle to promote alertness and wakefulness. It should be noted that this medication is not meant to treat general fatigue or to make up for lack of sleep. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Artvigil (Armodafinil)?
Artvigil (Armodafinil) should be taken strictly according to your doctor`s instructions to ensure the safest and most effective results from treatment. Most patients are prescribed one tablet to be taken once daily in the morning. Your particular directions will depend on your age, weight, current health, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full cup of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, although a snack or meal is suggested prior to use if you get an upset stomach. Avoid splitting or crushing the tablets as any change may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Artvigil (Armodafinil)?
Some patients using Artvigil (Armodafinil) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
• Nausea or vomiting
• Insomnia or anxiety
Serious side effects possibly requiring immediate medical attention include sensitive skin, bruising, muscle fatigue, sores appearing in or around the mouth, depression, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, unexplained bleeding, or a severe skin rash. Inform your doctor as soon as any worrying or unusual symptoms occur to ensure the correct adjustments are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further complications from occurring.
Artvigil (Armodafinil) should not be used by patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, children, or who have uncontrolled hypertension, arrhythmias, heart valve problems, or a history of enlargement of the heart. Also inform your doctor if you have severe anxiety, depression, hypertension, heart disease, reduced liver function, decreased kidney function, or who have a history of substance abuse. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring special alterations to your treatment.
Strictly use Artvigil (Armodafinil) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Artvigil (Armodafinil) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Josette Davignon
Last updated: 20.04.2021
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