Provigil (modafinil) is a prescription medication. It’s most often used to treat excessive sleepiness caused by narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, and shift work.
Provigil belongs to a class of medications called stimulants. It comes as 100-mg and 200-mg oral tablets.
Studies show that Provigil increases the ability to stay awake compared to a placebo in people with narcolepsy, sleep apnea, or shift work sleep disorder. Provigil is considered a first-choice medication option for decreasing sleepiness in people with these conditions.
Before you drive while taking Provigil, wait until you know how the drug will affect you. If you feel lightheaded, confused, or sleepy after taking it, don’t drive or use dangerous equipment.
Although Provigil helps reduce sleepiness in people with narcolepsy or other conditions, it may not provide full wakefulness. In addition, Provigil might cause certain side effects, such as dizziness or confusion, that may impair your ability to drive.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves drugs such as Provigil to treat certain conditions. In addition to these uses, Provigil is sometimes used for purposes that aren’t approved by the FDA.
Approved uses for Provigil
Provigil is FDA-approved for improving daytime sleepiness caused by the following medical conditions: