What is Armodafinil?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Nuvigil

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Armodafinil is a stimulant that is used to improve wakefulness in patients with excessive daytime sleepiness associated with narcolepsy and shift work sleep disorder; and as adjunctive therapy for obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (breathing interruption in sleep).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fatigue 285 213
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 196 141
Daytime sleepiness 40 38
Narcolepsy 23 13
Brain fog 15 10
Obstructive sleep apnea 14 10

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 46
Moderate 68
Mild 98
None 158

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Armodafinil

Side effect Patients
Headaches 14
Jittery feeling 10
Inability to sleep 8
Insomnia 8
Nausea 8
Decreased appetite 7

Show all 94 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Armodafinil

Dosage Patients
250 mg daily 33
150 mg daily 10
150mg as needed 5
200 mg daily 4
500 mg daily 3
50mg as needed 2
50 mg daily 1
100 mg daily 1
225 mg daily 1
300 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Armodafinil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 52
Expense 47
Did not seem to work 43
Other 38
Change in health plan coverage 32
Doctor's advice 30
Personal research 3
Course of treatment ended 2
See all 184 patients who’ve stopped taking Armodafinil

Duration

Currently taking Armodafinil

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Armodafinil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 39
1 - 6 months 57
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 27
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 251
Usually 67
Sometimes 46
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 20
A little hard to take 38
Not at all hard to take 301
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 39
$100-199 13
$50-99 48
$25-49 41
< $25 113
Not specified 116

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Armodafinil after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Modafinil (Provigil) 23
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 3
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 2
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 2
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Armodafinil and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Modafinil (Provigil) 7
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 6
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 2
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 2
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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43 patient evaluations for Armodafinil

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aubri328
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aubri328
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See aubri328's full Armodafinil history

Dec 31, 2015 (Started Apr 10, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: BE CAREFUL! Taking this later in the day can cause sleepless nights!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 18, 2013 (Started Apr 10, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Make sure you refill and take this on schedule! Miss a day or two and you will feel how much you really need it! NO JOKE! It does work, don't trust me- miss a day or two then take it... You are on a two three day "crack high" of non-stop wakefulness... House is clean, lawn is mowed, and your neighbor's weeds are pulled... So not a good idea! Medication has a discount program to save you money.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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asdf1179
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asdf1179
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: mild
I have:
MS

See asdf1179's full Armodafinil history

Aug 15, 2015 (Started Jun 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Expensive, and didn't help my daytime fatigue issues.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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The-Gig
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The-Gig
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: All
Stickman: all
Description:M59y
FM:20y Dx
CFS:12y Dx
I am: vb
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See The-Gig's full Armodafinil history

Jul 17, 2015 (Started Oct 08, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Daytime sleepiness)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I really didn't notice any change when I started it or since I've stopped.

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