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Re: started trial of Provigil...help?? Collette1

Posted by Rick on January 3, 2002, at 12:32:29

In reply to started trial of Provigil...help??, posted by Collette1 on January 3, 2002, at 11:06:07

What other psychotropic or non-psychotropic meds and/or supplements are you taking the Provigil with? That can make a difference -- not that I can give you any specific rundown of what works, other than my own experience. For me Provigil's been a great help from day one with combined Serzone and Klonopin, at 100 mg/day first thing in the morning, with an occasional spike to 200 (but I don't stay at that level for more than a few days, otherwise I get a bit wired). A few things I've noticed: 1) An initial euphoria effect that wears off after a few days 2) Brief, occasional poop-out days 3) Also, works well when I take it with Klonopin *without* the Serzone (curently experimenting with that), but in that case seems to raise my blood pressure and heart rate some, especially at the higher dose 4) The nootropic memory-enhancing claim doesn't seem to apply in my case, especially when I'm taking Serzone. (Despite its reputation, low-dose Klonopin doesn't seem to have a significant amnesic effect for me)

Most importantly, Provigil makes a BIG addition to my social phobia treatment. Since taking it, I've had several comments about how I seem so much more confident and self-assured (not always in thsoe words, of course). And this has all happened *after* Klonopin had already done so much to treat my basic fear of social interaction.

Depending on your weight and med sensitivity, maybe 50 mg *would* make more sense to try, at least as a start. And again, it can make a big difference re what else, if anything, you're taking. (For all I know, without the Klonopin Provigil could make me MORE anxious.) It may not be for you, but consider the factors I others mention, and give it a fair trial.

Good Luck,
Rick

> > I want to be in this thread. I will be starting a trial of Provigal within the next few days. I also have a supply of adrafinil, but my pdoc want me to start with Provigil(samples) to see how it affects me. I am not totally sure why, but it might be because he is familiar with Provigil. If it works, he is not opposed to my trying adrafinil to see if it is as effective (It's WAY cheaper!)Collette
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> Ok, hear is my update. I started Provigil 3 days ago. My Pdoc gave me 200mg tablets and told me to take in the AM before food. I made a mistake and took the first one about 1-2 hours AFTER I had eaten. Didn't feel anything special on that day. The 2nd day I had some nausea and otherwise, not much effect yet. Today, I feel lousy. I can't even tell if I am hungry or have no appetite because of the nausea. I did a major search here and have come to the conclusion that: I need to start at a much lower dose( I'm thinking 50mg) and/or I need to take this pill with food. Does anyone have any advice for me? Actually, what I FEEL like doing is not taking any more of this at all! I will appreciate any input. Thanks, Collette


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