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High As A Kite On Nuvigil-- Normal Or Not?!


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#1 In_Remission_buriedinbooks

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:29 AM

Anyone who's tried Nuvigil, I could use your input.

I'm a female major depressive with anxiety, on Lexapro 10mg which works better for me than Prozac, Celexa, or Effexor XR but renders me majorly apathetic and unmotivated-- not good, especially now because I'm studying for the bar exam.

Was misdiagnosed last summer as bipoloar II when my pdoc saw me in her office in a highly anxious and angry state; she put me on Lamactal 100mg and weened me off the Lex over a 6-month period. Two months after stopping Lex I plunged into the darkest, most suicidal depression of my life. Also, the Lamictal caused localized, very itchy rash breakouts and a startling amount of hair loss. So I weened off the Lamictal and have been back on Lex 10mg for about a month, and I'm out of the depths of whale shit but the fatigue and fogginess are killing me.

I asked about adding a smidgen of Wellbutrin, but pdoc wanted me to try Nuvigil first because she thinks WB might make me too anxious. I'm highly med-sensitive-- coffee gives me the shakes, and even .5mg Klonopin puts me right to sleep. So she told me to start with 75mg of Nuvigil (half the usual starting dose).

Took my first dose this morning and holy high, batman-- I feel like I'm on a recreational drug. Can't stop laughing, and am having a lot of trouble focusing on one task at a time. Not especially jittery, no feeling of euphoria or impulsive urges or anything like that. But the laughing and nervous energy is a little strange. Anyone else experience this? If this effect is known to go away after a few days, I'll stick with it. But if it's like this every day, I don't think this is the drug for me because there's no way I can study like this-- I can barely sit still!

Thanks for any input!



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Posted 21 January 2011 - 06:19 PM

I have depression, anxiety and ADD but also have excessive daytime sleepiness. I have trouble with stimulants (Adderall, Vyvanse) because a couple of days and my anxiety goes through the roof but they really help you concentrate. The doctor just tried me on Nuvigil for the sleepiness. I've found that although it keeps me awake it didn't help me focus at all. And although it's not supposed to be as stimulating, my anxiety was pretty bad. And I felt plain weird for a couple of hours. I don't think I can describe it. I'm going to try and give it a chance but so far, not too happy with it. Definitely not a huge help with the ADD.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:45 PM

Anyone who's tried Nuvigil, I could use your input.

Took my first dose this morning and holy high, batman-- I feel like I'm on a recreational drug. Can't stop laughing, and am having a lot of trouble focusing on one task at a time. Not especially jittery, no feeling of euphoria or impulsive urges or anything like that. But the laughing and nervous energy is a little strange. Anyone else experience this? If this effect is known to go away after a few days, I'll stick with it. But if it's like this every day, I don't think this is the drug for me because there's no way I can study like this-- I can barely sit still!

Thanks for any input!


I take Nuvigil for bipolar depression (bipolar II, ultra-rapid flavor) and if I take too much, I feel really amped up, almost hypomanic. How much are you on? I started off with 150mg and that was wayyyy too much. I'm pretty sensitive to meds, and typically "sub-therapeutic doses" work for me. But all at the behest of my pdoc. He knows I'm sensitive, and we work together.

Have you asked your own doctor about this feeling? I would ask your pdoc about taking a smaller dose, because I ended up benefiting from less.
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:54 PM

I took Provigil, which is essentially Nuvigil, for a number of years. I experienced what you did at first but it settled down over a week or so.


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Posted 13 July 2011 - 06:14 PM

i am currently on nuvigil and have extensive experience with provigil. the first few times i did feel 'stimulated' (using the term loosely as it isn't really a stimulant) but that faded. one time i inadvertently took an extremely high dose of provigil and it did feel like a recreational drug, but the feeling faded fast. now on nuvigil and don't have any 'high' feelings. sometimes nuvigil does give me the feeling that i want to accomplish more, but i think that is because i'm feeling more stable at the time.

bottomline, those feelings should subside.
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 12:15 PM

I've been taking Provigil for some time and it helps with the bad effects of apnea and RLS. I can actually function. I do not like its side effects but, hey, you live with what makes a great change. I tried Nuvigil for a month but wasn't impressed. However, I think I made a big mistake in not giving it a longer trial period. It did not have the side effects of Provigil.

There seems to be a persistent view of all the racemic drugs that only one half is really the good stuff and the other half is garbage. Somehow the right hand may be the good stuff and the left hand the side effect. With many of them there are also effects -- not just side effects -- that are desirable for some.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:23 PM

Your story is similar to mine, i was bipolar,5 years but to find out, my body will not absorbb-12 without injection, once i found new dr got b-12 right nuvigil helps, because i have adhd, ptsd from bad child hood. I would like to talk more to ya because im not going to wright everything, but im trying to find a lawyer with experience in this. I tried suside 3 times this year, then when i got out of inpatient this time i found new dr. Asked the questions to make sure they were listing. We spent 6000 dollars on bipolar meds that were nnot making me manic, i was getting high. That dr diagnosed me with bipolar while i was on oxycotin after a back surgery. No wonder i was seeing things. He must if made millions from my insurance company. Makes you wonder [identifying info. deleted]

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:32 PM

bwellborn,

This post is similar to your other post about Nuvigil. I do hope you find resolution for your concerns, but we can't give legal advice or references to attorneys here.
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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:44 PM

I like provigil better than nuvigil.  It worked for my apnea and my other conditions. This is the only site still selling without a prescription http://www.superdrugsaver.com/ and it worked good for me.
 


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