What is Vilafinil tablet is and what is it used for?
Vilafinil is the brand name of a famous medication that contains Modafinil as an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API).
Vilafinil is a smart cognition enhancer medication that is mainly used for the treatment of sleep problems like excessive sleepiness caused by narcolepsy (a condition characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness), sleep apnea, and shift work sleep disorder that usually occur in people who do night shifts or rotating shifts and they feel sleepy during working hours and are unable to sleep during sleeping hours. Vilafinil is also called a wakefulness-promoting agent as its main purpose is to promote alertness.
It is the most widely used smart drug as its benefits range beyond its primary functions. It enhances your concentration and alertness during working hours. It is a nootropic drug that improves your focus and also spikes up alertness. Such benefits of this drug make it an ideal drug for people who have a hard time concentrating on tasks. It is also very helpful for students as it helps them in staying up during exams or submissions. It also helps to cope up with fatigue and make you active. Moreover, this drug is very cost-effective and also easily accessible.
How does the Vilafinil tablet works?
The exact mode of action of Vilafinil is not known yet, but its action to keep you awake is more like sympathomimetic drugs.
It increases the concentration of dopamine in the brain and enhances your motivation and mental focus.
What do you need to know before taking Vilafinil Tablet?
Do not take Vilafinil tablet:
- If you are allergic to modafinil
- If you have hypertension i.e., high blood pressure
- If you are experiencing irregular heartbeats
Warnings are precautions
You must consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking the Vilafinil tablet:
- If you have cardiac issues or suffering from high blood pressure as in this case regular screening of heart performance and check on blood pressure would be required
- If you have severe renal or hepatic issues as dose adjustment is required in this case
- If you ever suffered from depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder, etc as this medicine exaggerate the situation or reoccurrence of the disease happen
- If you have a history of drug abuse or alcoholism
- Vilafinil decreases the activity of hormonal contraceptives
You must immediately contact your doctor or pharmacist if you experience suicidal thoughts, aggressive behavior or depression, upon using this medicine.
If you use this medicine for a longer duration of time then you may develop dependency.
Children and adolescents
Vilafinil tablet is not meant for children less than 18 years of age.
Other medicines and Vilafinil tablet
Do not take Vilafinil tablet with omeprazole, antiviral medicines that are used to treat HIV infection, ciclosporins, antiepileptic medicines, anti-depressants, anxiolytics, blood thinners (eg; Warfarin), hormonal contraceptives, antifungal medications, calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers, or statins.
Vilafinil and food interaction
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while taking Vilafinil.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
The use of Vilafinil tablet can cause birth defects, therefore you must not take Vilafinil tablet during pregnancy or if you are planning to have a baby or even if you are a breastfeeding mother as it is excreted in breast milk as well.
Effect on the ability to drive or operate machines
It is reported that the use of the Vilafinil (Modafinil) tablet can cause blurred vision or dizziness. If you feel dizziness or blurred vision or you still feel sleepy after taking the Vilafinil tablet, then do not drive or operate machinery.
How to take Vilafinil (Modafinil) tablet?
Always take this medicine exactly the way your doctor or pharmacist has told you.
Take this medicine orally with a glass of water.
The recommended adult dose is 200mg a day. This can be taken as a single dose of 200mg or the dose can be split into two doses, 100mg in the morning and 100mg in the evening.
The recommended maximum dose of Modafinil is 400mg per day.
The recommended daily dose for elderly patients (>65 years) and patients with kidney or liver problems is 100mg or as advised by your doctor.
You can take this medicine with or without food as food does not affect the bioavailability of modafinil. However, the absorption of the drug may be delayed for about an hour if taken with food.
What if you take more Vilafinil tablets than you should?
If you take more Vilafinil tablets than you are prescribed by your doctor, you will experience side effects associated with modafinil that are sporadic, difficulty to fall asleep, hallucinations, restlessness, ataxia, diarrhea, anxious or excited behavior, etc. You must immediately contact your doctor or visit the nearby hospital if you take an overdose of Vilafinil.
What if you missed a dose of Vilafinil tablet?
If you forget to take your dose of Vilafinil (Modafinil) tablet, take it as soon as you remind it, or can take the next dose at its right time. But do not take a double dose to make up for your missed dose.
Side effects associated with the use of Vilafinil tablet
Vilafinil is a safe drug to use. However, hypersensitivity to the drug or misuse of the drug can cause some side effects. Such effects are usually after-effects of CNS stimulation, e.g. anxiety, insomnia, nervousness, trembling, euphoric feeling. Some other side effects are vomiting, headaches, nausea, abdominal pain, taste alteration, dry mouth, etc. If you experience hallucinations, aggression, or suicidal thoughts you must immediately stop using the medication and consult your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store Vilafinil tablets?
This medicine does not require any special conditions of storage.
Keep this medicine out of reach and sight of children.
Do not use this medicine after its expiry date, mentioned on the pack/container or blister strip.