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The use of Provigil

The AASM has issued the following statement on the use of the stimulant provigil: This statement is in response to an ABC Nightline segment about the use and abuse of Provigil as a “secret success drug” that boosts energy and focus for health Americans. According to the AASM, the drug is approved only for the treatment of excessive sleepiness caused by narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea or shift work disorder. Provigil should not be purchased or prescribed off-label for cognitive or performance enhancement.


I posted this information from the AASM on our sleep center facebook page, and it resulted in more visits by far than any other item ever posted on our site. Thanks to the AASM for responding to this Nightline segment so quickly. As medical professionals we are responsible for informing the public about the appropriate usage of medication, particularly those with a potential for abuse such as modafinil.

Robert N.