Armodafinil Side Effects, Interaction with Alcohol & Drugs
Armodafinil may cause side effects, if any of these common Armodafinil side effects become severe or do not go away, you should alert your doctor.
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Armodafinil is in the wakefulness-promoting agents class of medications. Armodafinil is a medication that is used to treat excessive or extreme sleepiness that is caused by sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, a condition that causes excessive sleepiness in the daytime; obstructive sleep apnea, where there are periods of stopped breathing during sleep; or shift work sleep disorder, a condition that cause sleepiness during normal waking hours and difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep during normal sleeping hours.
Shift work sleep most often affects people who work on rotating shifts or at night. Armodafinil does not cure these sleep disorders and may not get rid of all your sleepiness; it is also not intended to be used to take the place of sleep. This medication should not be used to treat tiredness or hold off sleep in people who do not suffer from a sleep disorder. Armodafinil side effects may affect those who are prescribed the medication; serious Armodafinil side effects should be immediately reported to your doctor.
Before Taking Armodafinil
Before taking Armodafinil you should tell your doctor and pharmacist about any allergies or reactions you have to Armodafinil, Modafinil, Provigil, or any other medications. This medication may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions, other side effects, or problems. Inform your doctor of your complete medical history, especially any condition or problem involved with your heart. Such conditions may include an enlarged heart, mitral valve problems, an irregular heartbeat, chest pain, or any other heart problem after taking a stimulant and may include stimulant drugs such as amphetamines. Be sure to inform your doctor and pharmacist of any other prescription or nonprescription medications, vitamins, supplements, and herbal products you may be prescribed, taking, or plan to take. Many drugs may interact with Armodafinil, so be very careful to include everything you are prescribed, take, or are planning to take. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or closely monitor you carefully for Armodafinil side effects.
Be sure to tell your doctor if you drink alcohol, use or have ever used street drugs, have ever been dependant on alcohol, or have ever overused prescription medication. You should avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking this medication. Include both personal and your family history of regular use, or abuse of drugs or alcohol. Inform your doctor if you have ever had a heart attack, chest pain, high blood pressure, and mental illness such as depression, have been manic, or experienced any psychosis. Tell your doctor if you have had any heart, liver, or kidney disease.
Armodafinil may decrease the effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives, be sure to use another form of birth control while taking Armodafinil and for one month after you stop taking it. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, you are planning on becoming pregnant, or you are breast-feeding; if you become pregnant you should immediately inform your doctor. It is unknown whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. When pregnant, this medication should only be taken if it is clearly needed and necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Tell your doctor if you are planning to have surgery, inform your dentist you are taking Armodafinil if you are having dental surgery.
If you currently avoid operating machinery, driving a car, or other potentially dangerous activities due to your condition, do not start performing these activities again without first speaking with your doctor, even if you feel more alert. Do not perform these activities until you know how this medication affects you. Armodafinil may affect your thinking and judgment, movement, and may not completely alleviate the sleepiness caused by your sleep disorder.
Common Armodafinil Side Effects
Armodafinil may cause side effects, if any of these common side effects become severe or do not go away, you should alert your doctor.
Common Armodafinil side effects include:
- dry mouth;
- loss of appetite;
- stomach pain;
- frequent urination;
- numbness, burning, or tingling in the hands and or feet;
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep;
- difficulty paying attention or concentrating;
- loss of the ability to react quickly;
- uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body;
or if you are a woman on birth control, spotting or breakthrough bleeding may be a sign that your birth control is not properly working.
Less Common Armodafinil Side Effects
Some less common Armodafinil side effects that develop can be serious. Call your doctor immediately if you experience
- a rash;
- peeling skin;
- easy bruising or bleeding; mouth sores;
- hives; itching;
- difficulty breathing or swallowing;
- swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, lower legs, ankles, or feet;
- nausea, vomiting, stomach or abdominal pain;
- yellowing of the skin or eyes;
- dark urine;
- weakness; chest pain;
- pounding or irregular heartbeat;
- abnormally excited mood or frenzied behavior; anxiety;
- hallucinations, whether it is seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist;
- or if you are thinking of harming or killing yourself.
These are very serious side effects that must be addressed immediately with your doctor. Armodafinil may cause other side effects that are not listed here, call your doctor if you notice any unusual reactions or problems while taking Armodafinil.
Some symptoms may indicate an overdose of Armodafinil. These overdose symptoms may include
- disorientation or confusion;
- chest pain;
- an irregularly slow or fast heartbeat;
- hallucinations of seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist;
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
In case of overdose, or if an overdose is suspected, call your local poison control center immediately at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, immediately call 911 or emergency services.
Armodafinil and Alcohol
You should avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking this Armodafinil. Be sure to tell your doctor before you start taking Armodafinil if you drink alcohol or have ever been dependant on alcohol. You should inform your doctor of both personal medical history as well as family medical history of regular use or abuse of alcohol. Armodafinil may rarely cause abnormal drug-seeking behavior, this risk is increased if you have abused alcohol in the past.
Interaction with Other Drugs
Drug interactions may change how your medications work, and may also increase your risk of serious side effects. Many drugs may interact with Armodafinil, so be very careful to include every thing you are prescribed to take, taking, or are planning to take. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or closely monitor you carefully for Armodafinil side effects. Do not stop, start, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.
Armodafinil may decrease the effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives, you should be sure to use another form of birth control while taking Armodafinil and for 1 month after you stop taking it. Hormonal contraceptives include birth control pills, patches, rings, implants, injections, and intrauterine devices. Talk to your doctor about types of birth control that will work for you during and after use of Armodafinil.
Street drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA or “ecstasy,” heroine, etc. may interact with Armodafinil. Armodafinil may rarely cause abnormal drug seeking behavior, or addictive behavior, this risk is increased if you have abused drugs or alcohol in the past.
Check the labels on all cough, cold, or diet aid products, as some of these products may contain ingredients that could elevate your heart rate or blood pressure. Consult your pharmacist before using any of these products while on Armodafinil.
Caffeine may increase Armodafinil side effects, avoid taking any nonprescription products that contain caffeine, drinking large amounts of any beverages that contain caffeine, such as coffee, teas, or soft drinks, or large amounts of Chocolate.
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