Provigil is used for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) a condition in which people are not able to pay attention or sit still for long periods of time.
People with ADHD also suffer from anxiety and find it difficult to maintain a good social life, they struggle to make meaningful conversations and are unable to follow directions.
While provigil is used for treating ADHD, it is also used among adults to treat obstructive sleep apnea, shift-work sleep disorder, depression, and narcolepsy.
What is ADHD and why Provigil is used for ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is most common in children and can also continue into adulthood if not treated. Children with ADHD are not able to be attentive at school, play along with other peers and find it very difficult to have a normal conversation.
Symptoms of ADHD can be zero to a few and is not easy to identify, most people who have or had ADHD realize it much later in life.
4.4% of Americans and 11% of American children are reported to suffer from ADHD and less than 20% of them are being treated for it. ADHD can be an underlying condition that individuals may not be completely aware of, and how much of an impact it has on their lives.
Children in the age group of 6-12 are the most affected and at risk with this condition, if not diagnosed early and left untreated this could lead to major complications later on in life, ADHD has been linked to depression and anxiety in adults.
Refer the following chart for age-based prevalence of ADHD in children:
What is Provigil used to treat and why it is primarily used to treat ADHD?
Provigil is a brand of Modafinil manufactured by Cephalon Inc. and is sold under the brand name Provigil. Provigil has been known to show positive results in patients suffering from ADHD, sleep apnea, narcolepsy and shift-work sleep disorder.
Provigil along with Strattera has been primarily used to treat ADHD because it has shown remarkable progress in individuals suffering from ADHD.
provigil being a stimulant activates the regions of the brain responsible for wakefulness, how provigil or modafinil works is not well researched and is under study but the results in patients suffering from these conditions are quite remarkable.
What is Provigil 200 mg used for treating other than ADHD?
Narcolepsy is a rare condition in which a person feels sleepy all the time and cannot control it. people with narcolepsy also suffer from disturbed sleep, hallucinations, and loss of muscle tone.
Deficiency of hypocretin, a brain chemical responsible for regulating sleep is thought to be the reason for narcolepsy. it is common for people with narcolepsy to feel very sleepy throughout the day.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in with the person finds it very difficult to breathe during sleep, the upper airway gets partially or completed blocked making it difficult for air to pass through.
Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with obesity and must be treated, while it is not a life-threatening disease it could result in other unwanted health conditions.
Shift work sleep disorder (SWSD)
Caused mainly due to rotational shifts and irregular sleep cycle, SWSD if left untreated can lead to depression, insomnia and lack of energy
While Modafinil or Provigil is prescribed for SWSD, best way to treat it is getting ample amount of sleep.
Provigil Side Effects
While Provigil is considered a wonder drug and Provigil or modafinil is used for it’s cognitive benefits by millions. it is also important to consider the fact that a lot of research and studies are still needed to be done on Modafinil to be considered a safe smart drug