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How severe does sleep apnea have to be to need modafinil?

How severe does sleep apnea have to be to need modafinil?

Depends: Interestingly the severity of sleep apnea is not well correlated with severity of the sleepiness. Modafinil is only used when patients remain sleepy despite adequate treatment of osa. A sleep specialist may perform a special test to determine the level of sleepiness before prescribing. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more


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How severe of sleep apnea do you need to get modafinil?

How severe of sleep apnea do you need to get modafinil?

CPAP: The fda approved indications for Modafinil (provigil)or Nuvigil are daytime fatigue with a diagnosis of sleep apnea treated with a CPAP or bipap, shift work disorder, or narcolepsy. So if you are using a CPAP for your sleep apnea typically the level of severity is moderate to severe. ...Read more

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Is there any significant difference in effectiveness and side effects between armodafinil/ Nuvigil and modafinil/ Provigil for narcolepsy/sleep apnea?

Is there any significant difference in effectiveness and side effects between armodafinil/ Nuvigil and modafinil/ Provigil for narcolepsy/sleep apnea?

Nuvigil is the right: side of the Provigil molecule. Efficacy & side effects are the same. See http://www.diffen.com/difference/Nuvigil_vs_Provigil. Provigil now comes in a generic form. Nuvigil may last a little longer, causing more risk of insomnia. Both are FDA-approved for narcolepsy, Obstructive Sleep Apnea for the 30% of CPAP or BiPAP users who don't respond optimally to their use alone & shift worker disorder. ...Read more

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I would like to know more about provigil. I have sleep apnea and stay tired while at work.?

Usually effective: Like all medications Provigil (modafinil) works better for some people than it does for others, and there are some people for whom it may not work at all. However, in my experience, it has been a highly effective medication for most people with excessive fatigue. It is indicated for excessive sleepiness caused by sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and shift work, but it is used off label in many ways. ...Read more

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What kind of a doctor prescribes provigil/similar meds? What are the indications? I have sleep apnea, persistent fatigue. Use cpap nightly.

What kind of a doctor prescribes provigil/similar meds? What are the indications? I have sleep apnea, persistent fatigue. Use cpap nightly.

Provigil use: A sleep medicine specialist can prescribe Provigil or similar stimulants. They are indicated for narcolepsy or other disorders associated with excessive sleepiness, such as sleep apnea. Fatigue can also be helped with Provigil or a similar drug nuvigil. ...Read more

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What is my next step to treating sever sleep apnea? I was made to sleep on my back only during my first night at the sleep center. It resulted in a diagnosis of severe sleep apnea but there was not time to test a cpap. Do i need to spend another night a

These : These are questions best posed to your sleep specialist. You should have had a post-sleep study meeting with your specialist where you would have been told the meaning of your results and been given a set of options. That is where you should have discussed your issue with sleeping own your back. It very well be that you have sleep apnea no matter in what position you sleep. Without seeing your sleep study results and having the benefit of a complete history and physical exam it is impossible to make a recommendation. ...Read more

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My dad has severe swelling in the oesophagus, could it be related to his sleep apnea machine? He's on steroids now but we need to know the cause.

My dad has severe swelling in the oesophagus, could it be related to his sleep apnea machine? He's on steroids now but we need to know the cause.

This is probably...: Not directly related to the CPAP machine. How was the diagnosis of swollen esophagus made? He should have an egd performed by a gastroenterologist who would be better equipped to answer your question. The treatment with steroids could suggest eosinophilic esophagitis. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. Should I do durable power of attorney ?

I was recently diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. Should I do durable power of attorney ?

Not because of it: It is good to plan ahead in case of sudden illness and incapacitation. Sleep apnea is not an imminently fatal condition, but it does increase the risk of stroke and heart disease. ...Read more

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My neighbor have sleep apnea very severe what is good for that he wake up all doing the night ...

My neighbor have sleep apnea very  severe what is good for that   he wake up all doing the night ...

Cpap: The standard of care in severe OSA is cpap. There are other therapies and surgical treatments, but cpap is the gold standard. ...Read more

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Could it be that my sleep apnea leads me to my severe add?

Could it be that my sleep apnea leads me to my severe add?

Sleep Apnea: Sleep apnea causes deficient oxygenation to the brain and intermittent arousals from sleep depriving the quality and quantity of sleep. It definitely leads to trouble with attention, concentration, motivation, sex drive etc sleep study an CPAP titration will help along with diet and weight loss. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more