What is Armodafinil?
Armodafinil is an eugeroic nootropic drug that promotes wakefulness, increases mental alertness and overall cognitive performance. Armodafinil is mainly used to treat narcolepsy, insomnia, sleep apnea and helps people with irregular sleep habits like shift workers who suffer from daytime fatigue.
Nuvigil and Waklert are two brand names that armodafinil is sold under as a prescription medication.
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) is the follow-up to the modafinil (Provigil) drug and has been in use since 2007. The main difference between them is that while Provigil uses both the R and the S isomers of the active ingredient modafinil, Nuvigil only contains the R isomer.
This modified chemical structure makes Nuvigil an improved, more potent drug than Provigil [LINK], which requires smaller doses to produce similar effects. Nuvigil is also considered more addictive than Provigil.
What is Armodafinil (Nuvigil) prescribed for?
Apart from its medically approved uses as a prescription medication for sleep disorders, taking armodafinil is known to improve focus, enhance mood, confidence and motivation.
Other off-label uses that have been found effective for armodafinil are: as an appetite suppressant or diet pill for weight loss or as a smart-drug for enhancing study skills.
Nevertheless, misusing Nuvigil without a doctor’s supervision may lead to psychological or physical dependence and ultimately addiction.
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) side effects are similar to those linked to Modafinil, which include: headaches, fatigue, nervousness, dizziness, nausea, stomach or intestinal problems.
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) Rehab Treatment
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) Detox
Most common armodafinil (Nuvigil) withdrawal symptoms include: sleepiness, fatigue, If you experience any of these symptoms when discontinuing armodafinil (Nuvigil) use, you should consult your doctor and seek detox treatment.
At Castle Craig we conduct a gradual tapering-off method for Nuvigil detox, by slowly decreasing the armodafinil (Nuvigil) until the patient’s body feels comfortable without using the drug.
Before starting detox treatment, each patient is thoroughly assessed by our medical team and Consultant Psychiatrist. A personalised treatment plan is tailored to the patient’s individual needs We take each individual’s medical and drug use history, as well as other psychological and biological factors into consideration and recommend the proper armodafinil (Nuvigil) detox regime accordingly.
Our residential medical staff are on site 24/7 and provide round-the-clock supervision, checking each patient regularly and making any necessary adjustments in order to ease Nuvigil withdrawal symptoms.
Residential Rehab for Armodafinil (Nuvigil) Addiction
Following armodafinil (Nuvigil) detox, patients continue our residential treatment programme.
We personalise a psychotherapy plan for armodafinil (Nuvigil) rehab treatment for each patient. This is individually tailored to their psychological needs and biological characteristics. Patients take part in a daily routine of individual and group psychotherapy sessions, complementary therapies, educational lectures, regular meals and exercise, relapse prevention training and 12-step support groups.
After patients physically recover from detox, they are encouraged to engage in our therapeutic community, we organise activities that stimulate the brain and body through exercise, fitness, organised walks, socialisation and personal discovery.
We offer a varied range of psychotherapies:
In cognitive-behavioural therapy, patients learn how to handle addiction triggers;
Many working professionals self-medicate with armodafinil-based medication as a way to manage executive burn-out. In specialised support-groups, we teach patients how to cope with stress more effectively and how to become assertive and handle work responsibilities without abusing drugs.
Upon discharge out of our Nuvigil rehab treatment programme, we equip each patient with a two-year continuing care plan and oversee their long-term armodafinil (Nuvigil) addiction recovery by inviting them to regular aftercare sessions on-site or through teletherapy.
We remain part of our patients’ lives, we recommend they attend local 12-step NA support groups and we refer patients back into the care of their medical doctors and other recovery counsellors in our extended, international network of addiction professionals.
Get Help for Armodafinil (Nuvigil) Abuse
If you or someone close is experiencing Nuvigil side-effects, armodafinil withdrawal signs or has been abusing other stimulant drugs, we are here to help.
Contact us for personalised armodafinil (Nuvigil) detox and addiction treatment.
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | February 3, 2020