DOWVIGIL 100MG TABLET contains the active ingredient Modafinil, which is a wakefulness-promoting agent. It is a central nervous system stimulant that helps to promote alertness and wakefulness in individuals with certain sleep disorders.
- Narcolepsy: Dowvigil 100 mg is primarily prescribed for the treatment of narcolepsy, a neurological disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, sudden sleep attacks, and disrupted nighttime sleep.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome (OSAHS): It may be used as an adjunctive therapy in individuals with OSAHS to improve wakefulness during the day.
- Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD): Dowvigil 100 mg can be used to enhance wakefulness in individuals with SWSD, a condition commonly seen in people who work night shifts or rotating shifts and have difficulty staying awake during work hours.
Modafinil is generally well-tolerated, but some individuals may experience side effects. Common side effects of Dowvigil 100 mg may include:
- Headache: Some users may experience mild to moderate headaches.
- Nausea: It can cause a feeling of nausea or stomach discomfort.
- Nervousness: Modafinil may lead to increased nervousness or anxiety in some individuals.
- Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep may occur, especially if the medication is taken later in the day.
- Dizziness: Some users may feel lightheaded or dizzy.
- Dry Mouth: Modafinil can cause dryness in the mouth.
- Gastrointestinal Disturbances: This may include diarrhea or abdominal pain.
- Back Pain: Rarely, individuals may experience mild back pain.
- Skin Reactions: In rare cases, it may cause skin rashes or allergic reactions.
When Not to Use:
- Allergy: Dowvigil 100 mg should not be used in individuals with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to Modafinil or any other components of the medication.
- Cardiovascular Issues: It should be used with caution in patients with a history of cardiovascular problems, as it may exacerbate these conditions.
- Liver Impairment: Dosage adjustments may be necessary in patients with severe liver impairment.
- Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: The use of Dowvigil 100 mg during pregnancy or while breastfeeding is not recommended, as its safety in these situations has not been established.
- Children: Modafinil is not approved for use in children under the age of 18 years.
- Psychiatric Disorders: It should be used with caution in patients with a history of psychiatric disorders, as it may worsen their symptoms.
- Substance Abuse History: Individuals with a history of drug or alcohol abuse should use Modafinil with caution.
Always follow your doctor’s recommendations regarding the dosage and timing of Dowvigil 100 mg. If you experience any severe or persistent side effects, inform your healthcare provider promptly. Avoid using this medication for non-medical purposes, such as to stay awake or enhance cognitive performance, as it may lead to adverse effects.