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Provigil as a Management for Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome

Provigil is one of the drugs that are prescribed for patients with Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome. This drug does not treat the underlying cause of DSPS – it only improves the wakefulness of the person during daytime. It has to be taken 12 hours before the needed sleeping time of the patient. The patient will not exacerbate any symptoms since the sleep-wake cycle of that person is delayed. However, though this drug is effective, it is still important to follow the doctor’s advice while taking the medication. The doctor would still usually advice you to have enough sleep and maintain the other medications that you might be taking.

Important information to know about Provigil

Just like any other drug, Provigil has its own side effects. It is important to be aware about these so that you may know which symptom is normal

Provigil is an effective drug to manage symptoms of DSPS

and which is not. First, Provigil does not work on all people. There may be people who have allergies to the drug. It is important to note if the patient has developed rashes and hives. Immediately inform the doctor or take the patient to the hospital before the condition becomes an anaphylactic reaction. Second, Provigil is only for adults. Never attempt to try giving it to children. The safety of this drug on children is not known.

What to be avoided while taking Provigil

Any dangerous activity should not be done while a person is taking Provigil. Driving may also not be allowed, but it depends on the advice of the doctor. The doctor will be the one to decide what activities you can or cannot do because he knows how the drug can affect you. Drinking alcohol in any amount is also prohibited.

What to tell your doctor before you take Provigil

During the consultation, you must tell the doctor about a few things before he prescribes you with Provigil. Include telling the doctor about your significant health condition such as the history of mental problems, heart conditions, liver diseases, kidney problems, pregnancy and/or lactation, history of alcohol or drug abuse, and high blood pressure. Also inform the doctor of the present medications you are taking.