Provigil, it’s a secret weapon to keep focused for longer and many Americans are taking it secretly even with no prescription.
Provigil is for patients with narcolepsy, sleep apnea or those who work irregular hours. The drug is also said to increase brain performance for those who have demanding jobs with little to no side effects. In it’s stage of distribution, Provigil now has a generic pill called Modafinil.
Dr. Philip Gehrman, Ph.D., CBSM, clinical director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the University of Pennsylvania, told HuffPost, “People have used it to try to get an edge at studying at school. It’s becoming like Ritalin where people are taking it that don’t have anything. But they’re using it to try to increase their alertness.”
A lobbyist who was interviewed by ABC and was asked not to be identified said, “I could not do this without Provigil. You know, it just wouldn’t be the same. It’s amazing. I just don’t get. Why more people don’t know about it.”
Dave Asprey, executive of a billion-dollar Internet security firm, told ABC he starts every day at 4:45 a.m. by taking a Provigil pill. “It can be the difference between I’m just making it through the day to I had the best day of my life.”
You can bet that the internet has been thriving with different sites now offering the drugs, with or without a prescription. Websites are even offering ways for people to get their doctors persuaded in writing a prescription for Provigil.
Doctors are warning Provigil users to be cautious, as the drug could potentially be deadly. They are reporting no long-term studies have been done with people taking Provigil and its effects on the brain. Doctors are warning the Provigil side effects include: headaches, nausea, back pain, burning or tingling skin, and more severely, rashes, hives, problems with breathing or swallowing, anxiety, depression and hallucinations. Provigil is a wake-promoting agent, but doctors really don’t know how the drug works.
Dr. Joanne Getsy, chief of the Sleep Medicine Section at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia told ABC in an interview, “Provigil is not a substitute for sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause and worsen heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Sleep deprivation can actually worsen performance.”
On Provigil’s website they state, “Provigil is used along with other medical treatments for sleep disorder. Provigil is not a replacement for your current treatment. Provigil will not cure sleep disorders, Provigil may help the sleepiness caused by these conditions, but it may not stop all your sleepiness. Provigil does not take the place of getting enough sleep. Follow your doctor’s advice about good sleep habits and using other treatments.”
In the past four years, prescription sales for Provigil have increased 73 percent, from $832,687,000 in 2007 to $1,440,160,000 in 2011, according to IMS Health.
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