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It is uncommon for a medical professional to truly have the expertise to offer Provigil alternatives that can restore mental health, clarity and vibrancy naturally.

Wakefulness promoting medications like Provigil may have served a purpose temporarily during a time of real need. However, Provigil alternatives might offer more beneficial results.

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Alternative to Meds has been the expert on Provigil alternatives for over 15 years. We have published evidence regarding our success. Underlying issues can and should be exhaustively searched out and treated before putting a person on prescription drugs. We find that frequently a physician could have overlooked certain medical conditions, or that the factors contributing to the crisis have since changed. A doctor could have diagnosed their patient prematurely or even misdiagnosed them due to ommissions in pre-treatment testing. 
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What is Provigil used for? 

Provigil or the generic name modafinil is a relatively new drug. Commonly, relatively healthy people rely on the drug largely as an agent to help them stay awake.

However, the drug is also used for combatting daytime sleepiness in chronic health conditions such as narcolepsy, or cancer patients.

Additionally, airline pilots, athletes, truck drivers, combat soldiers, and students under stress at exam-time, for example, may take it to stay awake despite sleep deprivation. 

Provigil or modafinil is not known to cause addiction in significant numbers. But, the drug can produce dopaminergic and other stimulating effects, in some ways similar to other anti-fatigue stimulants such as amphetamines, cocaine, etc.  For this reason, some people use it as a temporary antidepressant or to obtain a brightened cognitive state. 

Provigil Side Effects 

Reportedly, compared to many other drugs on the market, Provigil causes a fairly typical set of side effects. The most common side effects Provigil causes are headache, nervousness, and depression. Of some note, there is a case study of a person who took 600 mg. per day. This dosage caused the person to become hallucinatory with paranoid delusions. In addition, the drug can cause another rare but troubling side effect. Namely, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, or “SJS”, is a quickly developing rash or allergic-type reaction to the drug. Important to know, the condition can quickly escalate into a potentially life-threatening severe skin reaction. (2) 

Also, the drug caused a decreased effectiveness in certain types of contraceptives where a woman takes Provigil concurrently. Though rare, the drug manufacturer placed warnings on drug packaging to bring awareness of these potential side effects. (1) 

Amitriptyline Alternatives, Natural Alternatives to Amitriptyline (Elavil)As research shows, the drug can also over-stimulate the heart, so is not recommended for people with heart conditions. Surprisingly, clinicians and drugmakers have carried on few clinical trials and none that tested very longterm use in particular. 

Additionally, the FDA trials required no tests done to determine whether the drug can cause birth defects, and no studies have been done on children to evaluate potential risks. Tests that were done were for a very brief period of 9 weeks, on 2200 subjects.  (2) 

Potential Harm from Chronic Sleep Deprivation

Truly, chronic sleep deprivation itself can cause debilitating health effects. Besides the frustration of never feeling fully rested, sleep deprivation and insomnia seem linked, according to clinical research.

Accordingly, a skewed balance of gut bacteria can suppress the immune system, which can lead to insomnia, among other undesirable consequences. (3) 


Are you looking for a healthier set of Provigil alternatives?

The Alternative to Meds Center provides sound strategies and guides clients safely toward their highest health goals. Of course, an investigative, pro-active approach can help repair and prevent the negative impacts that drugs can bring about. The Alternative to Meds Center has developed many non-drug-based remedies and tests to find the underlying causes for and to alleviate insomnia. Sometimes, there are underlying medical reasons that contribute to the problem, making it persist. Additionally, addressing environmental stress, the effects of unresolved life situations, relationships, and other factors have achieved positive results according to our clients at the center. For more information, please contact us regarding effective, non-drug-based Provigil alternatives and treatments for symptoms that drugs did not provide the level of change you desired.


(1)  FDA Provigil Information and Approval Labeling [INTERNET] December 1998 [cited March 18, 2020]

(2)  Dongsoo, K  Practical Use and Risk of Modafinil, a Novel Waking Drug.  Environmental health and Toxicity [INTERNET] 2012 [cited March 18, 2020]

(3)  Li  Y, Hao Y, Fan F, Zhang B, The Role of Microbiome in Insomnia, Circadian Disturbance and Depression. Frontiers in Psychiatry [INTERNET] December 2018 [cited March 18, 2020] 


This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

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.

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