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Nuvigil

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Nuvigil Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. The full effect of this medicine may not be seen right away.

This medicine may affect your concentration, function, or may hide signs that you are tired. You may get dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Alcohol can make you more dizzy and may interfere with your response to this medicine or your alertness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.

It is unknown if the effects of this medicine will be increased by the use of caffeine. Caffeine is found in many foods, beverages, and medications. Ask your doctor if you should limit or change your intake of caffeine-containing products while on this medicine.

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Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common

Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin

burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings

difficult or labored breathing

fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse

fever

frequent urination

headache, severe and throbbing

increased volume of pale, dilute urine

itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin

rash

shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet

shortness of breath

tightness in the chest

trembling or shaking of the hands or feet

wheezing

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:

Symptoms of overdose

Anxiety

blurred vision

chest pain or discomfort

confusion about identity, place, and time

diarrhea

dry mouth

headache

hyperventilation

irritability

lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting

nausea

nervousness

pounding in the ears

restlessness

seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there

sleeplessness

slow heartbeat

trouble sleeping

unable to sleep

unusual tiredness or weakness

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common

Acid or sour stomach

belching

chills

cough

depression

difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)

discouragement

feeling sad or empty

general feeling of discomfort or illness

heartburn

indigestion

joint pain

loss of appetite

loss of interest or pleasure

mood or mental changes

muscle aches and pains

runny nose

shivering

sore throat

stomach discomfort, upset, or pain

sweating

thirst

tiredness

trouble concentrating

vomiting

weight loss

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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