Nuvigil Armodafinil is one of the drugs that gained Hollywood fame. Namely, this smart drug is a pharmacological agent used in the movie “Limitless,” which deals with the topic of the expansion of cognitive capacities of humans. Although the action of this movie is bound to the fiction, we must ask ourselves whether this is possible in real life, and do smart drugs actually make us Megamind?
In the movie, Nuvigil is presented as an agent that gives the protagonist an endless concentration, almost unrealistic focus and “superpower” to expand the brain’s capacity. In real life, this drug is used to treat sleep disorders known as narcolepsy. This disorder is a state of sudden fatigue when the patients have no control over their dream. Simply put, this “sleep attack” can happen at any time and can lead to many potential dangers.
How Nuvigil Armodafinil works?
Recently, Nuvigil has experienced expansion as one of the most effective smart drugs, which affects the inhibition of dopamine and thus prolongs the state of alertness. It has the same effect as Modafinil, and belongs to harmless brain stimulators, although this is not their primary purpose.
The mechanism of action of Nuvigil Armodafinil, as well of other cognitive stimulants, is not known in total, but considering their effects on the enhanced brain activity by keeping it awake, we can assume that this drug makes our organism sensitive to dopamine, a neurotransmitter which is in charge of communication between the nerve cells. This means that Armodafinil does not work directly on the production of dopamine and norepinephrine, but only to how our body reacts to these neurotransmitters.
Is Nuvigil related to Modafinil?
Modafinil may be more popular than its opponent, but Nuvigil is more effective by all parameters. Nuvigil is the R-enantiomer of Modafinil – it is created on the basis of Modafinil with minor changes in the chemical structure. In other words, Nuvigil contains R-Modafinil, which is actually the most powerful psychoactive substance of Modafinil. Because of the higher concentration of this compound, Armodafinil is considered more effective in terms of improving cognitive performance, and therefore the productivity of people who use it.
Nuvigil Armodafinil is actually something like an improved version of Modafinil with the extended half-life. It represents a period that an organism needs to clear itself from this substance. That’s why doctors prescribe Nuvigil in lower doses than Modafinil. For example, in treating narcolepsy, a dose of 200mg of Modafinil is given twice daily, while Nuvigil should be taken once a day, from 100mg to 150mg. A dosage of 250mg of Armodafinil in this case may correspond to two Modafinil tablets of 200mg.
Apart from having almost the same effects and being used to treat similar diseases, pharmacists still give a slight advantage to Armodafinil in treating narcolepsy or sleep apnea.
On and off-label uses:
The users of Nuvigil Armodafinil have noted that this drug improves the clarity of thought, the ability to remember details, and attention. Based on this, can Nuvigil be a miraculous solution for better work and study? Let us remain in the field of reality. Armodafinil shows significant improvements in relation to its predecessors, as indicated by broader on-label use.
In addition, other benefits of Nuvigil have been proven. Research has shown that this medicine can be used in women in menopause to reduce symptoms such as fatigue and excessive irritability. Since it does not contain amphetamine derivatives, this smart drug does not create addiction in patients. This does not mean that the abuse of the medicine is impossible. It happens quite often, particularly as false products can be found on the market.
The drugs like Provigil and Nuvigil are considered useful for people who work on shifts. Their biological rhythm is disrupted since they mostly work when others sleep, and vice versa. For many of them, it would be very useful to take some medicine that would help them sleep when they should, or another pill to stay awake when necessary.
As for off-label use, we can consider Nuvigil a nootropic. If healthy people use it, its substance Armodafinil can help them feel more focused. They feel energized and pumped up so they “transfer” that new energy and good mood to getting better work and study results. However, each person is an individual, and tolerance for some drugs can be drastically different thus you should be very careful in using Nuvigil as a smart drug.
Precautions and side effects of Nuvigil Armodafinil:
As for contraindications, Armodafinil has a beneficial effect on alertness and preventing sudden fatigue, but it causes a headache, nausea, and high blood pressure. If this drug is used against medical advice, it is possible to create a certain form of addiction, especially in people who want to use this medicine as a brain stimulant.
Although there are indications that it can have a positive effect on the treatment of attention deficit disorders, it is not recommended to prescribe this drug to people under the age of 19, to avoid side effects, such as the appearance of mania or suicidal thoughts, which are very rare, but it should be noted.
In relation to Modafinil from which the chemical structure of Nuvigil is derived, several performances are improved. For example, in people using Armodafinil, no pain in the lumbar area has been reported. As far as serious consequences are concerned, a decrease in the percentage of manic attacks has been observed compared to patients using Modafinil.
Although Nuvigil Armodafinil has been done to reduce side effects on the user’s nervous system, as is commonly known, alcohol is forbidden in combination with this drug. Also, there is a list of over 500 medicines that can have side effects in combination with Nuvigil. If you are using any therapy and you are considering taking Nuvigil or any other kind of analeptic, be sure to inform your doctor about it. Also, this is one of the reasons why Nuvigil Armodafinil, as a brain enhancer, should be used by completely healthy people.