Benefits and Side Effects of Modafinil

Modafinil is used for increasing energy levels and alertness in people who don’t get sufficient sleep. As per reviews of this ‘smart drug’, it gives an energy boost and this is the reason why it has also gained popularity as a cognitive enhancer.

Clinically, Modafinil is a drug prescribed for people who are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, shift work disorders and narcolepsy. It is also prescribed for various other sleep-related disorders. In this article, we have mentioned the benefits as well as side effects of Modafinil.

What is Modafinil?
This smart drug has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in America. It is an analeptic drug that is distributed by Cephalon Inc. Modafinil is said to improve performance in people who are impaired by lack of sleep and fatigue. Many people across the globe use this drug because it is said to reduce the intense feeling of drowsiness caused by sleep disorders. At times, people even use it for staying awake during work hours, especially if they are working in shifts.

Modafinil is also sold under brand names such as, Alertec, Sun Pharma Modalert, Modiodal, Modapro and Provigil. This drug as originally created in 1970 by Michel Jouvet, a French professor. It was in 1986 that this drug was used for the experimental treatment of narcolepsy – a condition in which people faint randomly and fall to sleep throughout the day. Since the drug started being used as treatment for narcolepsy, uses of Modafinil have expanded for other conditions as well. These conditions included chronic daytime sleepiness and shift work sleep disorders.

The British and American military also uses this drug for keeping soldiers awake for a longer time. This drug is also said to be effective in eliminating or reducing the damaging effects of sleep deprivation on the human brain.

Modafinil is used commonly as a nootropic for enhancing cognitive performance. This is especially applicable on people who don’t get sufficient sleep.
This drug increases the activity of histamine and locomotor in the central nervous system. According to some studies, Modafinil works by altering the CNS levels of histamine in humans. There is a co-relation between use of Modafinil and retaining cognitive function against factors such as lack of sleep.

Side Effects of Modafinil
When used as directed, Modafinil is a safe drug. However, there are certain side effects of Modafinil that you must know of. You may or may not experience:
1.Rapid weight loss
2.Lack of appetite
3.Headache
4.Hypertension
5.Insomnia
6.Dry mouth
7.Nervousness
8.Vomiting
9.Nausea

In case you experience any of these side effects, make sure you consult your doctor. The best way of avoiding side effects of Modafinil is to take the drug as directed by the doctor. Never increase the dosage on your own. Also, the pills need to be taken same time every day. If you wish to change the time of taking the medicine, then consult your doctors

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