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Modafinil - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Modafinil

Generic Name : Modafinil
Pronunciation : Mode-uh-fin-il
Latest prescription information about Modafinil. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y50.0 | Therapeutic Classification : Analeptics
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Modafinil

India : 

International : 

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

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When should Modafinil not be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

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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