What Is Armodafinil Used For?
Why Is Armodafinil Used for Narcolepsy?
Armodafinil can be used as part of narcolepsy treatment. Symptoms of narcolepsy include falling asleep uncontrollably and at unusual times. People with this condition often appear paralyzed when they are asleep and have hallucinations when falling asleep. They also often fall asleep several times during the day.
Although armodafinil can help people with narcolepsy stay awake, it is not a cure. Even while taking the drug, most people with narcolepsy will still experience symptoms, although these symptoms will usually be less frequent or severe.
Why Is Armodafinil Used for Shift Work Sleep Disorder?
Most people work a typical "nine to five" shift or something similar. However, for many jobs and professions, night shift work is a necessity. Sometimes, the body has a hard time adjusting to night shift work. It is difficult to sleep during the day (due to sunlight, noise, and other problems), and staying awake at night is also difficult. While many night shift workers will eventually adjust to their new schedule, not everyone does. This is especially a problem for people who switch back and forth between night shifts and day shifts. The body may never get a chance to adjust in these situations.
Armodafinil helps night shift workers stay awake at work. This, in turn, can help them sleep during the day. The need for the drug may be temporary, as symptoms improve on their own as the body adjusts to the new schedule.
At this time, it is not known exactly how armodafinil works to promote wakefulness. It does not work like other stimulants. Armodafinil affects certain brain chemicals, but this does not seem to be the way the drug works, since blocking armodafinil's effect on such chemicals does not stop it from working.
Armodafinil is chemically similar to Provigil® (modafinil), another drug approved for the same uses. Provigil contains two different forms of the modafinil molecule, while armodafinil contains just one (the longer-acting form).