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 309 229
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 219 157
Narcolepsy 29 17
Brain fog 15 9
Idiopathic hypersomnia 14 12

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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 48
Moderate 76
Mild 107
None 174

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Armodafinil

Side effect Patients
Headaches 15
Jittery feeling 10
Nausea 10
Insomnia 9
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 9
Inability to sleep 8

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Armodafinil

Dosage Patients
250 mg daily 34
150 mg daily 20
200 mg daily 8
150mg as needed 5
500 mg daily 3
50 mg daily 2
75 mg daily 2
100 mg daily 2
225 mg daily 2
125 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Armodafinil

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 56
Expense 51
Did not seem to work 50
Other 41
Change in health plan coverage 40
Doctor's advice 32
Personal research 4
Course of treatment ended 2
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Duration

Currently taking Armodafinil

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 45
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Armodafinil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 47
1 - 6 months 57
6 months - 1 year 29
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 276
Usually 71
Sometimes 51
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 24
A little hard to take 40
Not at all hard to take 330
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 40
$100-199 16
$50-99 54
$25-49 43
< $25 123
Not specified 129

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Armodafinil after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Modafinil (Provigil) 36
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 4
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 3
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 2
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Armodafinil and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Modafinil (Provigil) 16
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 13
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 4
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 2
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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43 patient evaluations for Armodafinil

Jun 6, 2018 (Started May 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Evaluation/monitoring)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (drugged feeling, problems concentrating)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I didn't like the effects. I should have asked for modafinil instead. I remember dr hogam prescribing it and it worked, but that was 8 years ago. So now I don't know if i should fight for this again next winter.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 1, 2018 (Started May 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Evaluation/monitoring)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (drugged feeling, problems concentrating)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: I had to wait about a month to get this drug approved. I only use it for the shorter winter days. I usually start about Oct 1 to April 1. I had a choice between modafinil or armodafinil. I used armodafinil and it didn't keep me alert and non-drowsy as I had remembered from earlier usage. I didn't like it. Next winter, I may ask for modafinil.I am not working now, so I may be able to rely on the Rytary and Amantadine to keep me from being drowsey. Maybe my reaction to all the drugs have changed?
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 16, 2011 (Started May 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Evaluation/monitoring)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Nuvigil helped with wakefulness during the day. I used it becasue Cymbalta caused sleepiness. Nuvigil does not produce tremors. Does not produce a "let down" feeling when the dose is used up. This is expensive if you don't have insurance. If you do, it's like the cost of a caribou coffee evey day, withouth the tremor.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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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

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