I am a teenager with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A few days before moving to college, I realized I needed something, or there was no way I would be able to function in a college environment. My rheumatologist put me on 200 mg of Provigil. The first day, I was bouncing off the walls. My mom was constantly telling me to slow down because I was talking so fast. The first three nights, I didn't get more than 3 hours of sleep. But after those first few days, my body adjusted. I've now been on it for 6 months, and it's completely changed my life. I was able to stay up, get up for class, study for long hours, and even got a 4.0 my first semester. If you can get past the first few days (which I actually didn't suffer through, I liked energy), it's amazing.
Also, I'm also on Paxil for panic disorder. I know this is listed as a possible drug treatment for cfs. However, I have been on the Paxil for 10 years. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with how the Provigil works on me.
Also as far as addiction, I was told it is not addicting, however the FEELING it gives you might be addicting. All three of my doctors have told me it's a great drug, and there's no problem taking it long term. If your insurance will pay for it, take advantage of it. My doctors have said they wanted to give it to many people, but they can't afford it since their insurance won't pay because they're not using it for official label uses (narcolepsy, sleep apnea, shift-work disorder). Thankfully, my dad works for a big corporation, and our insurance covers it, no questions asked, $14 for 90 days worth.
It truly has been a miracle for me, and I hope you have just as much luck with it.
Post Edited (cfsteen) : 2/4/2013 10:50:07 AM (GMT-7)