What is this medicine?
ARMODAFINIL (ar moe DAF i nil) is used to treat excessive sleepiness caused by certain sleep disorders. This includes narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and shift work sleep disorder.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping this medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects or your condition may worsen.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 17 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
breathing or swallowing problems
elevated mood, decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts, impulsive behavior
fast, irregular heartbeat
fever with rash, swollen lymph nodes, or swelling of the face
hallucination, loss of contact with reality
increased blood pressure
mouth sores, blisters, or peeling skin
sore throat, fever, or chills
suicidal thoughts or other mood changes
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
nausea, diarrhea, or stomach upset
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
amphetamine or dextroamphetamine
dexmethylphenidate or methylphenidate
MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
antifungal medicines like itraconazole or ketoconazole
barbiturates, like phenobarbital
birth control pills or other hormone-containing birth control devices or implants
medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
drug or alcohol abuse or addiction
high blood pressure
suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member
an unusual or allergic reaction to armodafinil, modafinil, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. The full effect of this medicine may not be seen right away.
This medicine may affect your concentration, function, or may hide signs that you are tired. You may get dizzy. This medicine will not eliminate your abnormal tendency to fall asleep and is not a replacement for sleep. Do not change your previous behavior regarding potentially dangerous activities, such as driving, using machinery, or doing anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Alcohol can make you more dizzy and may interfere with your response to this medicine or your alertness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. While using birth control pills, you will need an additional barrier method or an alternative non-hormonal method of birth control during treatment with armodafinil and for 1 month after stopping armodafinil. Talk to your doctor about which extra method of birth control is right for you.
It is unknown if the effects of this medicine will be increased by the use of caffeine. Caffeine is found in many foods, beverages, and medications. Ask your doctor if you should limit or change your intake of caffeine-containing products while on this medicine.
Do not stop previously prescribed treatments for your condition, such as a CPAP machine, except on the advise of your physician or health care professional.
July 17, 2018