Provigil and alcohol

Provigil is used for treating sleepiness and helps people stay awake. However, it will not cure any sleep disorder. It only treats the symptoms related to sleepiness. Provigil stimulates the Central Nervous System (CNS). It should not be used thinking that it will induce sleep. Provigil is a controlled substance and has the potential of abuse. Provigil elevates your mood, feelings and thinking in an artificial manner. Therefore, you may also develop some degree of dependence on it, but when you stop it withdrawal symptoms will not occur. It is very important that you should use only the prescribed dose of Provigil. You should never increase the dose or take additional dose without consulting your doctor. Studies on the effects while combining alcohol with Provigil are not complete. Therefore, as a precaution it is wise to avoid alcohol when you take Provigil.

Alcohol has the tranquilizing effect whereas Provigil lifts your wakefulness. This means, if taken together alcohol and Provigil may create altered effects. Therefore it is advisable to avoid alcohol while taking Provigil. Moreover, Provigil should be taken by you exactly as directed by your doctor. The dosage and course duration should not be altered. There is every chance that you may violate these directives of your doctor, may be unintentionally, when you are under the influence of alcohol. One more important point is that Provigil is usually taken in the morning times only to avoid day time sleepiness. The question of combining alcohol in the morning usually does not arise. If at all you club these two in the morning, the very purpose of your taking Provigil becomes futile.

The manufacturers of Provigil warn against using alcohol with Provigil. A drug interacting with another has always been a concern in the field of treatment. Adding to this, there is no adequate information available on the effects of taking alcohol along with Provigil, and hence, authorities in field advise not to have alcohol together with Provigil as a precautionary step. The sleep patterns are disturbed by alcohol. So, when you mix alcohol with Provigil, you are not going to have any pleasant effect. The possibility is that it may only create adverse effects.

It is also interesting to know that a therapy with Provigil helps people in quitting the drinking habit. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has sponsored study for investigating the possibility of using modafinil, the ingredient in this drug together with naltrexone for treating addiction. There are also exclusive studies to investigate the viability of using modafinil to treat cocaine addiction. Many people using cocaine are dependent of alcohol too. Naltrexone is useful in treating alcoholism. Also, as a coincidence, the manufacturers of Provigil are selling naltrexone under their brand name Vivitrol. Therefore, this study involves using the above two drugs to fight the dual addictions, namely cocaine and alcohol. This may also treat the impaired vigilance and learning skills caused by chronic use of cocaine. In 2009, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism published a pilot study in which it was reported that Provigil enhances the dopamine levels and suggested that Provigil may become a drug of addiction.

Many patients using Provigil do not understand why the manufacturers of Provigil display a warning on the container of Provigil that alcohol should not be taken without consulting a doctor. As we know, the main reason that its interaction with alcohol has not been studied. Further, the package of the FDA approved Provigil contains a message that 'patients should be advised that the effects of combining Provigil and alcohol have not been studied and that they should avoid alcohol while taking Provigil'. Especially when you are on other medications, together with Provigil, combining alcohol could cause side effects. Therefore, inform your doctor about your current medications and ask about combining alcohol and Provigil.