As the debate over legal marijuana and opioid overdoses takes effect across our country, we tend to forget about some other drugs that affect our minds. Sometimes, just to get through a hectic work week or a sleepy day, we need an extra boost from the caffeine in our coffee or chocolate. Maybe you reach for energy drinks to help you get through an exam. However, did you know about another stimulant that doctors prescribe to promote wakefulness? Let’s take a closer look at the stimulating drug called Provigil and see why doctors are so cautious about providing access to the drug to patients.
Also known as modafinil, Provigil is an FDA-approved drug that is typically used to help people cope with a work shift sleep disorder, narcolepsy, and sleep apnea. Overall, the drug induces alertness and energy and is considered relatively safe, for the most part. Provigil is often categorized as an “off-label” drug for people suffering from fatigue. Even more interesting, some physicians believe this drug can boost focus and concentration on a much larger scale than Ritalin.
While the drug has been deemed safe, some doctors have voiced concern over Provigil. In 2009, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that frequent use of the drug could promote substance abuse or (in the worst case scenario) addiction. Based on the NIDA argument, cognitive enhancers like Provigil can potentially be dangerous if doctors do not control the dosage.
In the study, NIDA brought 10 healthy men as test subjects, who consumed regulated doses of Provigil (200-400 milligrams) before undergoing PET scans. Later, researchers confirmed that the drug blocks avenues that recycle dopamine in the brain (also known as dopamine transporters). As a result, the human brain receives an overload of dopamine, resulting in a feeling of intense pleasure and happiness (a high). Other drugs that produce similar results are cocaine and methamphetamine (on a larger and more dangerous scale).
While the drug does not seem to affect other parts of the body, Provigil can still create a high, which scientists believe can result in addiction or abuse.
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