Few medical professionals have the required expertise or even the time to provide natural modafinil alternatives, which would allow their patients to avoid side effects or other undesirable liabilities.
A physician may have prescribed modafinil, aka Provigil, and may not have also provided other solutions besides drugs to address narcolepsy or other concerns. At Alternative to Meds Center, there are effective solutions that promote daytime wakefulness without potentially toxic side effects.
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Modafinil is a stimulant type drug used to promote wakefulness especially when a person has been unable to get sufficient sleep. For instance, airline pilots might take it to stay alert while flying. For occasional use, such professionals might consider this a relatively safe and inconsequential solution.
However, some people use modafinil as a so-called “smart drug” that has been popularized for, say, college kids pulling an all-nighter before tests. Short term, like any stimulant, the drug can result in heightened mental clarity. But like any dopaminergic (stimulating) drug, the effects wear off until the next dose. However, longterm or regular use causes some concern. As an example, students interviewed after taking it regularly reported the drug eventually left them feeling as if they were living in a sort of twilight zone, neither fully awake nor fully asleep. The drug had altered their sleep patterns significantly. As a result, these lingering effects had counterproductive outcomes overall. Thus, as a longterm solution for getting better grades on little to no sleep, this drug ranks a solid F. (1)
Nonetheless, looking for modafinil alternatives does not have to mean searching for some other type of drug. In general, the better alternative to wakefulness drugs would look more like practicing better sleep hygiene, improved sleeping conditions, and other non-drug-based ways to improve the quality of one’s sleep.
Any type of drug carries the risk of developing dependence. Dependence or tolerance occurs after regular and repeated use. Thus, when the body and brain become accustomed to the drug in the system the body/brain will adjust its chemistry to compensate. Developed dependence dilutes the effects of the drug so that one has to either increase the frequency or increase the dose to get the same effects. Also, because the drug is a stimulant, trying to sleep a normal 8 hours may become a bit of a logistics nightmare after longterm or regular use. The drug, as any stimulant can, disrupts normal sleep patterns.
It can take some serious strategizing and changing many things to return to normal. But if “normal” was feeling sleepy all the time, that is really the crux of the problem. One would need to find and resolve the underlying causes of that unwanted symptom. We can help. That is our specialty at the Alternative to Meds Center.
Modafinil Side Effects
Besides developing tolerance, another common side effect is tachycardia, or racing heartbeat when the body is at rest. Think of trying to have a normal conversation with someone when your heart (out of the blue, not if you are falling in love) begins to nearly audibly pound like it’s going to explode out of your chest. Even worse, think of that happening when you are trying to fall asleep! The thing is, drugs can cause reactions similar to the dreaded panic attack, and they can happen at the least opportune time.
Also, more rare side effects can throw a complete wrench into things. For example, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a drug-induced severe rash/fever/skin reaction, which can be life-threatening and may require treatment in an ICU at the hospital. (2) Modafinil can cause other rare reactions as well, such as peeling skin, sores, hives, eruptions that cover the whole body, including genitals, etc. Rather than risk developing dependence and taking a chance on other potentially harmful or off-putting side effects, one may decide to seek out natural solutions to sleepiness, lack energy, lack of focus, etc., that don’t carry such liabilities.
Contact Alternative to Meds Center for more information today.
The Alternative to Meds Center specializes in helping people to get to the root of their symptoms like fatigue/insomnia/depression/anxiety etc. so as to resolve them at the source. The fundamental nature of the programs we deliver is that they are non-drug-based, based on testing and discovering what can be improved using orthomolecular or other holistic ways of treating the problem.
We would like to speak more with you, about the details of the programs we offer. Inpatient style, in our pristine facility, our clients are serviced by over 40 caring and expertly trained staff for your comfort and safety. Contact us today for information on the many modafinil alternatives we offer at the center.
(2) NHS, UK, Stevens-Johnson syndrome. National Health Services, UK publication [INTERNET] October 4, 2018 [cited March 25, 2020]
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Dr. Samuel Lee
Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente. He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.