Provigil was specifically designed to treat NARCOLEPSY and other sleep disorders. So, yes, it IS supposed to keep you from sleeping. the idea however is to take it early enough that it has worn off enough to not disrupt nighttime sleep. provigilis still a very new drug, and its other uses are all off-label. I believe the only other group of patients that a true medical study on its safety and efficacy has been done is those with MS. That is not to say that it has not helped some people, including fallenangel, but it is important to always be aware of what uses a medication has been approved for, how long it has been on the market, and any and all risks associated with it so that you can make an informed decision on whether it is appropriate for a particular individual.
Taken from the Provigil website (www.provigil.com): (quoting a source for informational purposes doesn't appear to break any of the rules... if it does please delete it, but I'm just trying to clear up some information on Provigil)
"PROVIGIL is indicated to improve wakefulness in patients with excessive sleepiness associated with narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome and shift work sleep disorder." (it's intended use is to not keep you from falling alseep, but to promote wakefulness and help treat excessive fatigue)
"What is the most important information I should know about
PROVIGIL may help treat the excessive sleepiness caused by certain sleep disorders, but it may
not stop all your sleepiness. Regardless of how improved you may feel, do not change your
daily habits until your doctor tells you it is okay. Discuss your level of sleepiness with your
doctor at each visit. People with sleep disorders should always be careful about
doing things that
could be dangerous, including driving a car."
"What is PROVIGIL?
PROVIGIL is a medicine to treat unusually sleepy people who have one of the following
diagnosed sleep disorders:
• obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS). PROVIGIL is used along with
other medical treatments for OSAHS.
• shift work sleep disorder (SWSD)"
****"PROVIGIL will not cure the above sleep disorders. PROVIGIL may help the sleepiness caused
by these conditions, but it may not stop all your sleepiness. PROVIGIL is not meant to be used
in place of getting enough sleep. You should follow your doctor's advice about
good sleep habits
and using other treatments."****
****"General information about
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not listed in patient information
leaflets. Do not use PROVIGIL for a condition for which it was not prescribed. This medication
is for your use only. Do not share this medication with others."****
Just wanted to clear up its intended use is not to PREVENT you from sleeping, but promote wakefulness with the least amount of side effects. It was developed and tested/approved for narcolepsy, OSAHS, SWSD... but is also prescribed in wider acceptance for CFS and other diseases to treat the excessive fatigue associated with such diseases or illnesses.
Not arguing or anything, just trying to clear things up a bit.
either way, yes a doctor should always be consulted about
your medical concerns and help you find something that works good for you. Not every medication is for everyone, but I know I'm eternally grateful for Provigil.