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Aug 03 / 2021

Nuvigil treats mental disorders

New drugs for treating mental diseases.

Over the past half-century great efforts of many researchers and pharmacists have transformed mental illness from unexplained source of shame and fear into the usual and quite treatable disease. For example, drugs for depression help thousands of people to remain full members of society, new treatments for schizophrenia do not require hospitalization, and drugs against Alzheimer's disease enable the elderly to maintain their independence.

Currently, pharmaceutical companies are developing more than one hundred products for the treatment of various mental diseases – from Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia to depression and alcohol and drug addiction. Among such psycho stimulants you can find Modafinil, Modalert, Nuvigil, Provigil and many others. All of the following drugs are either in clinical trials or awaiting the approval by FDA. However, scientists do not rest on their laurels. Thanks to the efforts of the pharmaceutical industry even more people will be able to lead an independent, happier and healthier life.

Long-acting drug able to reduce sleepiness is approved in the US.

According to «Bloomberg», on June 18, 2006 FDA issued approval for marketing of the drug for reducing sleepiness Generic Nuvigil (also known as Armodafinil and Waklert) by the Company «Cephalon». The drug is a preparation with sustained release of the active ingredient, and it was designed to reduce the effects of competition with generics of bestseller of the company – the drug Provigil. Nuvigil is approved for the treatment of sleepiness due to narcolepsy, shift work and sleep apnea.

«Cephalon» is also testing a new drug for the treatment of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and fatigue associated with such disorders as Parkinson's disease and cancer. The medication is also often used off label, so you can buy Nuvigil at the nearest drugstore or order Nuvigil at reliable online pharmacies.

The military usage.

In some countries, Nuvigil is approved for the treatment of sleep disorders. On the illegal market it is known as «zombie», while it is popular in nightclubs, and students are abusing it in preparing for exams. The military is also dreaming of fighters who cannot sleep for days, keeping all their mental and physical abilities.

UK Ministry of Defense has allocated substantial resources for the study of drugs and food additives that can increase endurance and fighting qualities of the soldiers, and Nuvigil is considered as one of the most promising drugs. Search of tools to enhance the abilities of personnel of combat units is ongoing, while the limits accepted by the International Olympic Committee, do not apply to the military. Nuvigil and some similar drugs are included by IOC to the list of banned substances for athletes participating in the competition, although in many countries you can buy them easily at a pharmacy.

This new drug has nothing to do with the famous excitatory drugs (amphetamines). Its creation is related to the recent discovery of previously unknown neurotransmitters - orexins, a lack of which, as there was shown by some studies, leads to sleepiness. Compensating for this deficiency, it normalizes sleep by patients with narcolepsy, and for healthy people it eliminates the need for sleep for a long time.

The results of these tests show that Nuvigil promotes significant increase in mental and physical abilities of the soldiers, and a number of other well-known stimulants, such as ephedrine, were rejected by the military because of side effects, such as increased anxiety.