How does Waklert 150 mg work?
Waklert 150 mg contains an active ingredient Armodafinil that belongs to the class of drugs known as wakefulness-promoting agents. It is an indirect dopamine receptor antagonist i.e. it increases the amount of dopamine and reduces its uptake into neurons. It is an active R-enantiomer of the drug Modafinil that reduces sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy and obstructive sleep apnea. By influencing the brain chemistry (affecting chemicals that control the sleep/wake cycle), it increases wakefulness and reduces the tendency to fall asleep during the day.
Uses of this Tablet
Waklert 150 mg tablet is used for the treatment of various sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, and shift work sleep disorder. The active ingredient Armodafinil helps to improve wakefulness and reduce daytime sleepiness. It also reduces fatigue, treats idiopathic hypersomnia, and brain fog.
Waklert 150 mg should be taken once daily or as advised by the doctor. Do not take more than one tablet in 24 hours (unless advised to do so). For patients with narcolepsy, this medicine is usually taken in the morning. On the other hand, patients suffering from shift work sleep disorder should take this medicine 1-2 hours prior to their work shift. This is because peak plasma concentrations of this medicine are achieved after 2 hours. You should not crush, chew, or break this tablet. Swallow it as a whole with water. It can be taken with or without food. While the effects of this medicine last for 12-14 hours, this may vary depending upon factors such as age, metabolism, medical conditions, etc.
Missed Dose: If a dose is missed, take it as soon as possible. Do not take the medicine close to your bedtime if you don’t plan to stay awake at night. Furthermore, do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
Overdose: An overdose of this medicine can lead to serious side-effects. If such a case arises, contact your doctor immediately.
As with any other medication, there are some side-effects that can occur while taking Waklert 150 mg. These include:
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- Frequent urination
- Stomach pain
In some cases, certain severe side-effects can occur. These include:
- Peeling skin
- Mouth sores
- Irregular heartbeat
If problems persist for long, contact your doctor immediately.
Before taking this Medicine
Waklert 150 mg may not be appropriate for you if you have certain medical conditions. Before you take this medicine, let your doctor know:
- If you are allergic to modafinil, armodafinil, or any other medications.
- If you have a history of stroke, chest pain, etc.
- If you suffer from diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, etc.
- If you suffer from stress-related disorders such as anxiety, depression, etc., and take medications for it.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you take hormonal contraceptives or birth control medications.
If you take any OTC, herbal, or any other drugs for existing illnesses or for any other purposes, let your doctor know about them. Certain drugs should not be taken in combination with Waklert 150 mg. These include:
- Blood thinners such as warfarin
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
- Levomethadyl acetate
- Medications for seizures such as carbamazepine
- HIV drugs such as ritonavir and indinavir
Interaction with alcohol
Consumption of alcohol alongside this medication is considered unsafe. Avoid it at all costs.
Interaction with Caffeine
Caffeinated beverages and products such as chocolates, tea, coffee, etc. can increase the risk of experiencing side-effects.
Talk to your doctor about potential drug interactions.
Important Storage Instructions
Waklert 150 mg tablets should always be stored safely in their original packaging.
- Keep the tablets out of reach of children and pets.
- Do not consume the tablets if they have expired.
- Keep the tablets in a cool, dry place, and away from moisture, heat, and light.
- If the pack is opened, store the tablets in an airtight container.
- Always store your medications at room temperature.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Armodafinil 150 mg used for?
Ans. Armodafinil 150 mg is used for the treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness and other sleep disorders such as shift work sleep disorder and obstructive sleep apnea. It improves wakefulness and keeps a person awake and alert for a long period of time.
Is Armodafinil stronger than Modafinil?
Ans. Though both the medicines are used for the same purposes, Armodafinil tends to have a slightly stronger effect than Modafinil. The effects of Armodafinil last for 12-14 hours (16 hours in some cases) whereas that of Modafinil lasts for 10-12 hours.
Is Armodafinil a narcotic?
Ans. Armodafinil is a non-narcotic Schedule IV drug that belongs to the class of medications known as wakefulness-promoting agents.
How much Waklert should I take?
Ans. A single tablet of Waklert 150 mg should be taken orally once a day.
How long does it take for Waklert to kick in?
Ans. Peak levels of this drug are reached after 2 hours. This can vary from one person to another depending upon factors such as age, metabolism, health condition, etc.
Is Armodafinil a stimulant?
Ans. Armodafinil belongs to a class of drugs known as eugeroics or wakefulness-promoting agents that are considered stimulants.