The wonder drug for sleep deprived patients, Provigil, is getting some good press. But a news report reveals there are some side effects and it's not known if long term use is harmful or not.
The drug was intended for sufferers of sleep apnea, narcolepsy and other disorders, but has recently been prescribed for fatigue and patients complaining of lack of concentration.
The boost most report, with no dependency difficulties, has caused doctors to prescribe the drug for people who want to increase their vigor and give them an edge in occupations like business and even piloting aircraft.
At this point, most patients on Provigil, or its generic counterpart Modafinil, are reporting wondrous results with no addiction or withdrawal symptoms. But a news report by the Huffington Post shows there are reports of adverse side effects.
These include headaches, nausea, back pain and tingling skin. Some have even reported rashes, problems with breathing, depression and even hallucinations.
But the biggest worry is that the drug hasn't been tested for long-term problems and, since the drug is relatively new and not yet widely prescribed, there's no way of telling until time has gone by. By then it may be too late.
So, it seems that, like any other drug, caution is warranted.
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