(Updated at Sep 25 / 2023)
When you may need to use Armod or Armodafinil?
There is o doubt that you should use Armodafinil if you suffer from narcolepsy since precisely for this disease the drug had been developed. However, during the last decade, the medication became very popular for off-label uses, i.e., for uses not indicated on the drug label or approved by the FDA. Is it safe to use the drug for such uses and what are the benefits of using it? Let’s figure it out together.
What are the primary indications for Armodafinil use?
The drug was developed back in 2011 on the basis of an antinarcoleptic drug Modafinil. So it’s natural that it is primarily prescribed for this health condition. Besides, both Modafinil and Armodafinil are approved for coping with excessive sleepiness in obstructive sleep apnea and shift work sleep disorder. A little remark here, these conditions aren’t associated with any brain disorders resulting in sleep-wake cycles violation like in narcolepsy. So, basically, Modafinil and Armodafinil that you can also buy as Armod are used like drugs to cope with sleepiness associated with insufficient sleep. It is important to keep this in mind since later we are going to talk about the off-label uses of the drug.
What effects can a person expect from using Armodafinil?
The drug is included in the class of wakefulness-promoting drugs rather than stimulants such as Adderall. Armodafinil was developed as a replacement of amphetamines which are stimulants. It indeed has similar properties – it keeps an individual awake and alert for many hours, improves speed of reaction, speed of thought, memory, learning ability, and other cognitive functions. However, it has milder effect on the central nervous system and long-term effects on the human brain like amphetamines, so it is considered much safer and is included in the less “scary” class of drugs.
Worth noting that the effect of the drug is maintained within 12 hours, meaning when you buy Armod you can enjoy its benefits for the whole working day and a few extra hours.
When you may need using Armodafinil?
I short, if you feel that you are having not enough energy for every day chores, work, and life in general, you can benefit from using Armodafinil. However, it is important first to exclude any possible causes of such condition. I would advise you to go to your physician and undergo a regular checkup. If everything is relatively fine and the problem is just insufficient sleep, sleepiness associated with winter season or weather, overworking, and so on, and you have no contraindications for Armodafinil use, you can get the drug and start using it.
People who use the drug off-label, i.e., those who don’t have the conditions it is prescribed for, report that it drastically improves their daily life, gives them a boost of energy, makes implementing any task easier, and even improves motivation and willingness to live. By the way, there are ongoing studies on the use of Armodafinil for people with different types of depressive disorders and other conditions in which people suffer from lack of energy, sleepiness, loss of cognitive functions, and so on.
How frequently Armodafinil is used off-label?
Statistically, there are very few people who suffer from narcolepsy. So, the majority of users of Armodafinil or its generic versions one of which is Armod are those who use the drug off-label.
By the way, the off-label use and tests on its efficiency and safety are conducted by military forces of numerous countries. Previously, they had been using amphetamines for military personnel who are deprived of sleep but needs to keep high level of vigilance. But since Modafinil and Armodafinil both have the effects comparable to that of amphetamines but are proven to be safer, the military are switching to them. There are multiple confirmations and even results of studies you can find on the Internet from the French, Canadian, USA, and other militaries. They all experiment with the dosages, times of sleep deprivation and assessment of drug’s effectiveness for preserving the level of alertness and overall energy for the implementation of difficult operational tasks.
What are contraindications for Armodafinil use?
Before you decide to buy Armod, you should carefully study the conditions it is contraindicated to be used in.
Naturally, as with the majority of other drugs, Armodafinil must not be used by pregnant women as it can affect a fetus or a baby.
The second group is people who are intolerant of the active substance. You cannot know for sure whether you tolerate the drug well or not before you try using it. But if you have taken the pill and started developing severe side effects, especially, severe skin rash, it means that you are intolerant of the drug and it is contraindicated for you. In such a case, you must immediately stop using it and never use it again.
The drug also must not be used with stimulants since its effect is pretty similar to their effect so they can enhance each other and result in severe side effects.
People suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, or a hypersensitive nervous system may suffer from such negative effects as blood pressure increase, rapid heartbeat, or tremor due to the stimulating effect of the drug. So it is advised to consult your doctor first.
You can find out more about contraindications and side effects the drug can cause on the product page or from the package insert once you receive your medication.
How to use Armodafinil off-label?
The standard starting dosage of the drug is 150 mg taken in the morning. Although the drug acts for 12 hours, for some people with severe narcolepsy this dosage is insufficient and then their doctors can adjust their dosages up to 400-600 mg a day. In all other cases, 150 mg is more than enough. The drug is always taken in the morning unless you are working night shift, then take a pill one hour before it.
If it’s your first time using wakefulness-promoting drug, you may try splitting the pill in half and taking half of it a day. For many people this dosage will be sufficient and they can also save on the pills.
You don’t need to take the pills daily as they don’t have the accumulative effect. You can take Armodafinil whenever you feel that you need a boost of energy, productivity, or mood improvement.
Post by: Dr. Mevan Nandaka Wijetunga, MD
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