FYI for Provigil Users

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Stella Marie
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   Posted 7/25/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
The makers of Provigil have a new 2nd generation Provigil on the market called Nuvigil.  I have tried it and the manufacturer claims that it lasts slightly longer than original Provigil.  I thought it lasted longer too.  I was taking two tablets per day and now I am down to one.  Here is another perk - Nuvigil is less expensive then the original Provigil.  Users of Progivil may what to talk to the doctors to see if it is appropriate for them.  This stuff costs a fortune and any savings is a plus.

Stella Marie

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   Posted 7/25/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info. I do take Provigil on an as needed basis. I just wanted to add to what you wrote. In my case, Provigil is on my insurance's formulary list, but Nuvigil is not. I know that makes little sense since once would think the insurers would like to save money as well, but I guess you can't always could on insurance to make decisions that make sense.

Just wanted to put that out there for people before they go trying to switch to the newer med, in case their insurance companies are like mine & don't cover the new med. But it certainly does sound like a great new option for people who either don't have insurance or whose insurance will cover the new med.

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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/26/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   



Miss Stella,

     Morning *huggs* It is good to see you again. I don't tak the medicine you listed but

I was taking two tablets per day and now I am down to one

*High Five* Score! I hate pills! Very cool. One less pill is always good in my book!



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   Posted 7/26/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I also take Provigil...Boy, at 459.00 for a months supply!! If my Dr. didn't jump through the hoops my insurance wouldn't have covered it.... I know I couldn't have afforded it.  At one time my Dr. gave me samples, but the man. stopped that.  So, now I'll ask about the newer, longer acting kind....I love my Provigil, but like you, I have gone up to taking 2 a day...Sometimes I go without, but I'd rather not.

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