WHAT IS HEALTHY LIFE?
Armodafinil is the enantiopure of the wakefulness-promoting agent, and is indicated to improve wakefulness in adult patients with excessive sleepiness associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), narcolepsy, or shift work disorder (SWD). Research has shown that armodafinil significantly improves driving simulator performance in patients with SWD. Armodafinil consists of the (−)-R-enantiomer of the racemic modafinil. Armodafinil is produced by the pharmaceutical company Cephalon Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.) and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June 2007.
Mechanism of action
Armodafinil is a single-isomer of modafinil. The exact mechanism of action is unknown. Armodafinil belongs to a class of drugs known as eugeroics, which are stimulants that provide long-lasting mental arousal. Pharmacologically, armodafinil does not bind to or inhibit several receptors and enzymes potentially relevant for sleep/wake regulation. Armodafinil is not a direct- or indirect-acting dopamine receptor agonist. However, both armodafinil and modafinil bind to the dopamine transporter and inhibit dopamine reuptake.
Armodafinil is in a class of medications called wakefulness-promoting agents. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the area of the brain that controls sleep and wakefulness.
Serious side effects have been reported with armodafinil including the following:
Serious rash or serious allergic reaction. Armodafinil tablets may cause serious side effects including a serious rash or a serious allergic reaction that may affect parts of your body such as your liver or blood cells. Any of these may need to be treated in a hospital and may be life-threatening.
Stop taking armodafinil tablets and call your doctor right away or get emergency help if you have any of these symptoms:
In case of some Psychiatric symptoms. Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms:
Do not drive a car or do other dangerous activities until you know how armodafinil tablets affect you. People with sleep disorders should always be careful about doing things that could be dangerous. Do not change your daily habits until your doctor tells you it is okay.
You should avoid drinking alcohol. It is not known how drinking alcohol will affect you when taking armodafinil tablets.
Armodafinil is classified as federally controlled substance, because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep armodafinil in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away armodafinil tablets may harm others, and is against the law. Tell your doctor if you have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.
Do not take armodafinil if you:
are allergic to armodafinil or to any of its ingredients
have had a rash or allergic reaction to either armodafinil or modafinil. These medicines are very similar.
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