In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02239665 ||Alertec 100 mg Tablet|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Modafinil belongs to the group of medicines known as central nervous system (CNS) stimulants. It prevents sleepiness by stimulating certain parts of the brain. It is used to help people with a condition called narcolepsy, which causes daytime excessive sleepiness, by preventing drowsiness and keeping these people from falling asleep.
It is also used to reduce excessive daytime sleepiness for people with obstructive sleep apnea or hypopnea syndrome (breathing disorder that happens while sleeping), shift-work sleep disorder, or circadian rhythm sleep disorder.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of modafinil for narcolepsy is between 200 mg and 400 mg daily. The total daily dose is usually divided between a morning and noon dose. Doses are usually started at 200 mg per day, and then gradually increased by the doctor as needed to a maximum of 400 mg daily.
For adults with obstructive sleep apnea, the usual adult daily dose of modafinil is 200 mg taken as a single dose in the morning.
Adults with shift work disorder should take 200 mg once daily, approximately 1 hour before the start of the work shift.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way you are using the medication without talking to your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Avoid taking the medication in the late afternoon or evening, as it may prevent falling asleep at your normal bedtime. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white, round, convex tablet, engraved with "100" on one side, contains modafinil 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose, magnesium monosilicate, magnesium stearate, maize starch, polyvidone, sodium croscarmellose, and talc.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to modafinil or any ingredients of the medication
- are in an agitated state
- have severe anxiety