Modalert 200mg is a prescription medication manufactured by Sun Pharma. It is most commonly prescribed to better regulate the body’s sleep/wake cycle and reduce or even prevent daytime sleepiness. However, Modalert is not categorised as a stimulant, which often contain amphetamines. Instead, it is a eugeroic, which are medicines that promote wakefulness and alertness in those who struggle to stay awake during the day.
How Modalert Works
Each Modalert 200 tablet contains 200mg of Modafinil; a substance discovered in the 1980s by the L. Lafon Ltd drug company in France. Modafinil is a dopamine reuptake inhibitor which prevents the body from clearing unabsorbed dopamine from the body.
Dopamine is an important chemical that allows the body to communicate with the brain. When dopamine levels are low, it becomes difficult for the body to signal when it needs to be awake, and when it needs to sleep. By stopping unabsorbed dopamine from being cleared, Modafinil helps to create stronger concentrations in the brain.
Modalert 200 is often prescribed to treat:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness that interfered with day-to-day life
- Feelings of sleepiness caused by night time disruptions like sleep apnea
- Symptoms of narcolepsy
- Symptoms of cataplexy
- Shift work sleep disorder
- Problems with the body’s normal sleep/wake cycle
- A lack of concentration or productivity caused by sleep disorders
Modalert 200 should be taken as described by the prescribing doctor. Typically, patients will be prescribed one or two 200mg tablets per day, which can be taken with or without food. For best results, Modalert should be taken at similar times each day.
Modalert Side Effects
Modalert 200 is generally considered to be safe when taken as prescribed. However, as with many medications, some patients may experience mild side effects, including:
- Nervousness and anxiety
- Difficulty sleeping
- Back pain
- Runny nose
It is important for patients to read the patient information leaflet in the packaging for a full list of possible side effects from taking Modalert 200. Initial side effects may subside as the body adjusts to the medicine. However, always consult with the prescribing doctor if side effects persist. If experiencing difficulty breathing, emergency services immediately.
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