Generic Nuvigil

There are currently no generic Nuvigil (armodafinil) products available on the market. However, Mylan, Inc., is expected to start selling a generic version in June 2016. Armodafinil is the "generic name" and not a generic version of the medication.

Generic Nuvigil: An Overview

Nuvigil™ (armodafinil) is a prescription medication used to help people stay alert and awake. Specifically, Nuvigil is approved for use in people with the following sleep disorders:
 
  • Narcolepsy
  • Shift work sleep disorder (SWSD), a problem in people who work night shifts or who frequently change between day and night work shifts
  • Sleep apnea (known medically as obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome or OSAHS).
     
Nuvigil is made by Cephalon, Inc., a company that is now owned by Teva Pharmaceuticals. There are no generic versions available in the United States at this time.
 

When Will Generic Nuvigil Be Available?

A generic version of Nuvigil is expected to become available in June 2016. Mylan, Inc. (a generic manufacturer) and Teva Pharmaceuticals have an agreement that will allow Mylan to begin selling its generic version in June 2016. This agreement is the result of a lawsuit.
  

Is Armodafinil the Same as Generic Nuvigil?

No -- armodafinil is the active ingredient in Nuvigil, but is not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that, oftentimes, the active ingredient of any drug is referred to as the "generic name." The generic name is different from a generic version of a medicine. In order for there to be a generic version of a medicine, the original medicine must have gone off-patent and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.
 

Nuvigil Drug Information

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