Provigil is essential for me to stay awake during the day. I take 400 mg every morning. My case may be unique because I needed Provigil after a Traumatic Brain Injury in 1999. It helps me with excessive daytime sleepiness and Executive Functioning Disorder (much like Attention Deficit Disorder). It does not make me jittery or cause me to have trouble sleeping and does not increase a risk of seizures (which Ritalin would because of my injury), and without it I couldn't function because I slept more than my cat did. I have been taking it for years…since before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, but I still need it even though I have the sleep therapy now. The only problem I have had with over the years has been getting it covered by insurance, because it is expensive. I had to get "prior authorization" for it every year and every insurance company (I've had a few) would argue with my neurologist for a while before agreeing to pay for it. Last time I went through that, I couldn't take it for almost 2 months and I slept for 18 hours a day.
Today, I am concerned about it because my present insurance formula has a quantity limit that is half of what I take.
By August 18, 2009 3,637 19
Provigil is a prescription medicine used to improve wakefulness in adults who experience excessive sleepiness (ES) due to one of the following diagnosed sleep disorders: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), shift work sleep disorder, also known as shift work disorder, or narcolepsy.