Waklert is a prescription medication manufactured by Sun Pharma. It produces a similar effect to a stimulant without the use of amphetamines, so it is often used as a safer way to treat sleep disorders. It is categorised as a ‘wakefulness-promoting agent’, and doctors may prescribe this medicine to better regulate the body’s natural sleep/wake cycle, reducing excessive daytime sleepiness and encouraging restful sleep at night.
How Waklert Works
Waklert contains the active ingredient Armodafinil, which is derived from Modafinil. It binds to the body’s dopamine transporters (DAT proteins), preventing vital dopamine from being cleared from the body and building up higher concentrations in the brain.
Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter that allows the brain and body to communicate with each other. When dopamine levels are low, messages can become lost, making it difficult for the brain to understand when the body needs to be alert.
Waklert may be prescribed to treat:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Sleepiness caused by conditions such as 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
- Sleep disorders that have not improved with Modafinil treatment
Waklert should be taken by mouth as described by the prescribing doctor. As Armodafinil has been shown to have a longer lasting effect than Modafinil, desired results can often be achieved with a lower dose. Starting doses may be as low as 50mg.
It is important to take Waklert at the same time each day to maintain concentrations.
Waklert Side Effects
Waklert is generally considered to be safe when taken as prescribed. However, as with many medications, some patients may experience mild side effects, including:
- Headache & dizziness
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Numbness or tingling of the extremities
- Nausea & vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Thirst or dry mouth
- Excessive sweating
- Frequent urination
It is important for patients to read the patient information leaflet in the packaging for a full list of possible side effects from taking Waklert. 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 any difficulty breathing, call 999 immediately.
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