Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sleep apnea and Nuvigil

Usually the combination of certain medication and sleep apnea isn’t recommended. I have had doctor’s tell me not to take any kind of sleeping pills because it makes the apnea worse, much worse because it relaxes the muscles in the back of the throat. But what about a pill that helps you stay awake during the day. I recently found out about Nuvigil.

Nuvigil is made by Cephalon, Inc. It is a prescription drug that promotes wakefulness. It is a non-amphetamine drug which is a good thing. It contains Armodafinil which is a stimulant that promotes mental alertness. From my understanding it is to be used in conjunction with the cpap machine. So if the cpap therapy isn’t giving you enough rest, then this medicine will help you feel more awake and alert.

Nuvigil is also used for people who work on night shifts and for those who have narcolepsy.

Like with any medication there are side effects. You should go over that with your doctor before taking it.

Nuvigil isn’t the only medication on the market that helps with wakefulness there is also Provigil (modafinil). Provigil is also made by Cephalon; there really isn’t any difference between the two. In fact there seems to be some controversy about why Cephalon came out with Nuvigil.

So if you are using a cpap or bipap or any thing like that and you feel that you still aren’t feeling rested during the day, ask your doctor about Nuvigil. I would if I were using a cpap.

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