Modafinil - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions


Information about Modafinil

Generic Name : Modafinil
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Modafinil are provided here.

Pronunciation : Mode-uh-fin-il

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Modafinil, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.

ICD Code : Y50.0 Therapeutic Classification : Analeptics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Modafinil

India :

International :

Provigil, Alertec, Modavigil, Modalert, Modiodal, Modafinilo, Carim, Vigia

Why is Modafinil Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an analeptic drug, prescribed for narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea and shift work disorder.  It works by altering neurotransmitters in the brain.

When should Modafinil not be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Modafinil?

PO- The usual dose is 200-400mg daily as a single morning dose or in 2 divided doses.

How should Modafinil be taken?

It is available as tablets to take by mouth at bed time.

What are the warnings and precautions for Modafinil?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart, liver, kidney disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause dizziness or blurred vision, do not drive a car or operate machinery.

Avoid alcohol consumption.

Rarely patient may develop with increased risk of skin reactions (eg, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis)with the following symptoms: red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; or blisters on the inside of the eyes, nose, or mouth.If it is so consult with your doctor.

What are the side effects of Modafinil?

Sleeplessness, nervousness, aggression, headache, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal disturbances, palpitations and rash.

What are the other precautions for Modafinil?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Modafinil?

Store it at room temperature (15-30°C).
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