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Nuvigil is a medication that is often prescribed to help people with certain sleep disorders stay awake. Specifically, it is used to treat excessive sleepiness due to sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and shift work sleep disorder. Nuvigil comes in tablet form and is generally taken by mouth once daily. Potential side effects of the drug include dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, and insomnia.
- Sleep apnea (known medically as obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome or OSAHS)
- Shift work sleep disorder (SWSD), a problem in people who work night shifts or who frequently change between day and night work shifts.