Armodafinil (R-modafinil) is a medicine used to improve wakefulness in people having sleep disorders or extreme sleepiness during daytime. This prescription drug is useful in reducing extreme sleepiness caused in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), narcolepsy, and shift work disorder (SWD).It should not be used to hold off sleep in people who do not have any sleeping disorders. This medicine comes in a white to off-white, crystalline powder form and it is slightly soluble in water, completely soluble in methanol and sparingly soluble in acetone. Armodafinil drug is present in 50 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg, and 250 mg strengths. The drug is non-addictive in nature, it means that you will not develop a dependency on using this drug. As compared to modafinil, armodafinil keeps higher plasma concentrations in healthy subjects later in the day. The molecular formula of armodafinil is C15H15NO2S, its molecular weight is 273.35.It is an oval shaped tablet with C on one side and “215” on the other side.
It works by affecting certain elements present in the brain that help to control the sleep and wake cycle. Armodafinil Generic works by boosting the amount of a chemical neurotransmitter, dopamine that is used for communication between the nerves. This medicine helps to increase dopamine in the brain by lowering the reuptake of dopamine into nerves. It is readily absorbed in blood after its oral administration. This drug is found to produce psychoactive and euphoric effects, feelings typical of other CNS stimulants and alterations in perception, mood, thinking in humans.
- It is recommended for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), narcolepsy, or shift work disorder (SWD).
- Armodafinil is generally taken as 150 mg to 250 mg orally once a day in the morning.
- It is taken orally as a single dose once a day approximately 1 hour before starting of the work shift.
- It is required to take the tablet in complete form.
- It should not be taken by crushing, splitting, breaking, or chewing.
- The medication maybe taken with or without food, but it may take longer to start working if you take it with food.
The below-mentioned side effects of Armodafinil Generic are rare and even if they take place, they subside permanently:
- Dry Mouth
- Difficulty Sleeping
Remember that your health advisor has prescribed this medicine after judging that the benefit is greater than any risk of side effects of this medicine. People using this medication rarely face any serious side effects. It is rarely possible to have a very serious allergic reaction to this drug. And if you experience any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, for example, fever, or swollen lymph nodes, get the medical assistance right away.
- Before taking Armodafinil 150 mg tablet, tell your health expert if you are allergic to the drugs Armodafinil or Modafinil.
- The inactive ingredients present in this medicine may or may not produce allergic reactions.
- Do not drive, or do anything that needs attentiveness and concentration, for example, use of the heavy machine.
- Before taking Armodafinil medicine, discuss about your medical history related to, chest pain, heart attack, irregular heartbeat etc. with your pharmacist or doctor.
- Use of alcohol or marijuana /cannabis can increase dizziness, so avoid having them with this medicine.
- Armodafinil tablet is not recommended for use in planning to become pregnant or women who are pregnant unless absolutely necessary.
- This medicine is not recommended to be used in breastfeeding mothers unless absolutely necessary, as it is not known if Armodafinil Generic or its metabolites gets passed in the breast milk.
- This medicine may not fully cure the sleepiness occurring due to the disorder. This may or may not cause drowsiness or dizziness.
- Hormonal contraceptive pills or contraceptive methods may or may not work properly while taking Armodafinil Tablet. Thus, this may give rise to an unwanted pregnancy.
- Misuse, underuse, overuse, or unwanted use of Armodafinil Generic medicine may increase the risk associated with wakefulness resistance; as a result, the drug will not work efficiently if prescribed later in the future for improving wakefulness, extreme sleepiness or other sleep disorders.