Snorting Provigil is one of the many ways to abuse the drug. Provigil is a type of CNS stimulant that can produce feelings of euphoria, and people may snort it for the "high" that it provides. However, snorting Provigil can be dangerous and may lead to infections and other problems or result in high blood levels of the medicine.
Provigil® (modafinil) is a prescription medicine that has the potential to be abused. Snorting is just one of the many ways the drug may be abused. Although some people use Provigil inappropriately, the medication has a legitimate medical purpose. It is approved to help people with certain conditions stay awake. In particular, it is approved to treat people with excessive sleepiness due to the following:
- Sleep apnea
- Shift work sleep disorder (SWSD), a problem in people who work night shifts or who frequently change between day and night work shifts.
Provigil is meant to be taken by mouth, and the safety of snorting Provigil has never been studied. Snorting the drug is likely to be more dangerous than taking it by mouth.
There are many reasons why Provigil is snorted. The drug is a central nervous system stimulant (CNS stimulant), and people often snort CNS stimulants for a variety of reasons. CNS stimulants can produce feelings of euphoria, and people may snort Provigil for the "high" it provides. CNS stimulants can also give people extra energy, and sometimes people snort stimulants for this reason (such as students who use stimulants to stay up all night studying for finals). Also, people often snort CNS stimulants to achieve weight loss (due to increased metabolism and decreased appetite caused by stimulants).