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 296 220
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 208 149
Daytime sleepiness 50 42
narcolepsy 26 17
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 47
Moderate 71
Mild 104
None 169

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Armodafinil

Side effect Patients
Headaches 14
Jittery feeling 10
Insomnia 9
Nausea 9
Inability to sleep 8
Anxious mood 7

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Armodafinil

Dosage Patients
250 mg daily 30
150 mg daily 23
200 mg daily 6
150mg as needed 5
500 mg daily 4
50 mg daily 3
37.5 mg daily 1
75 mg daily 1
125 mg daily 1
225 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 46
Other 39
Change in health plan coverage 36
Doctor's advice 31
Personal research 4
Course of treatment ended 2
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Duration

Currently taking Armodafinil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 38
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Armodafinil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 41
1 - 6 months 58
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 268
Usually 69
Sometimes 48
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 23
A little hard to take 39
Not at all hard to take 318
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 39
$100-199 16
$50-99 51
$25-49 44
< $25 120
Not specified 121

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Armodafinil after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Modafinil (Provigil) 28
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 3
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 3
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 2
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Armodafinil and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Modafinil (Provigil) 11
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 8
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 3
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 2
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 1

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43 patient evaluations for Armodafinil

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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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

  • 0 helpful marks

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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