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Nuvigil™ (armodafinil) is a prescription medication used to help people stay awake. For example, it is commonly used to promote wakefulness in people with excessive sleepiness due to:
  • Sleep apnea (known medically as obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome or OSAHS)
  • Narcolepsy
  • Shift work sleep disorder (SWSD), a problem in people who work night shifts or who frequently change between day and night work shifts.
The medication comes in tablet form and is typically taken once a day.
If you have certain other medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or liver disease, your healthcare provider needs to know this information when prescribing this drug. Nuvigil may not be appropriate in these situations, and discussing these and other issues with your healthcare provider will help ensure the safety and effectiveness of your treatment plan.
(For more information on this drug, click Nuvigil. This article tells you what you need to know about potential side effects, available strengths, and more.)
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