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05-15-2008, 03:55 PM
Can anyone tell me anything about this drug?
My neuro's off ice just called and said this would help with my extreme exhaustion. Didnt say much else.
05-15-2008, 07:52 PM
I've been taking Provigil for about 4 years for MS Fatigue. It works quite well. I can honestly say that I could not get through the day without it.
I take between 200-400mg per day every day. And I also drink 3-4 cups of coffee a day (not DECAF either). I don't drink soft drinks, just coffee.
Here's a link from the NMSS website with some information about Provigil (modafinil).
Here's some information about Fatigue that may also help too. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/symptoms/fatigue/index.aspx
Report back on how you are doing!
05-16-2008, 09:49 AM
I used to take this a few years ago. It was originally designed for Narcolepsy and for people with 'shift work sleep disorder'. I used to have to drive great distances and would get very drowsy and my doctor prescribed this for me. I liked it because unlike No-Doze and similar meds, it wakes you up and gives you a bit of energy, but you do not feel high nor do you have that shaky feeling you have with those meds. You take it and then a few minutes later, all of the sudden, you are just not sleepy anymore.
The only problem I had with it was my insurance company. They did not want to pay for it unless you had the diagnosis of Narcolepsy and it was VERY expensive. Fortunately, I worked for a doctor and I could get free samples. But like I said, this was several years ago and I understand things have changed in that regard.
05-16-2008, 11:18 AM
Some of the insurance companies are "seeing the light" about approving it for people with MS. I am not having any problems getting it now with my MS dx. I have Tricare and there is a box on the prior authorization form that asks if this patient has a dx of MS. No hoops to jump through, no nothing. Doc just checked that box and that was it!
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