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Re: Provigil for fatigue/depression?

Posted by Paul on August 5, 1999, at 2:16:19

In reply to Provigil for fatigue/depression?, posted by Peter on July 26, 1999, at 19:37:21

> I am curious if anyone has had experience with Provigil (modafinil- used for narcolepsy) for the treatment of fatigue associated with the use of anti-depressants or with depression in general. I have always had problems with the SSRIs causing fatigue. Apparently Provigil works by a completely different mechanism from the amphetamines or ritalin and does not cause tolerance (which has been a real problem for me). Does it cause stimulation at all? The amphetamines definitely have an anti-depressant effect: are there any such effects with Provigil? Thanks for any info!
> Peter

I've been on Provigil and Prozac for about 2weeks w/no benefit yet. This is my 2nd trial. The last time I had to come off the Provigil because it was causing anxiety. I have had similar probs. w/fatigue and SSRI's since '86 and have tried everything. The Provigil works well for a lot of people. It's really pricey $4 a pill, there's a french med. adrafinil that does much the same thing at a far lower price. You can try to "sneak" past the FDA and obtain it from a variety of overseas pharmacies. I didn't have any problem. A three month supply is supposedly legal, though I've read of med. seizures. I really wish they'd let us make our own health care choices. But anyway, that's my experience. Good luck. Paul




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