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Re: Provigil for mental fatigue?

Posted by Racer on September 8, 2008, at 17:33:55

In reply to Provigil for mental fatigue?, posted by chiron on September 8, 2008, at 17:05:07

Well, if you're sure that what you're describing isn't actually depression -- because that sounds suspicious to me -- and you're 100% positive this isn't a non-psych issue, then it's worth asking ABOUT it. Asking for it? I'd wait to see what your doctor has to say, because there may be better alternatives out there.

Some things that can cause that sort of pattern -- such as sleep apnea, insufficient sleep for various reasons, and a whole host of other medical issues. I'm a big believer that you gotta treat yourself kinda like an animal -- the first thing you do with a behavioral issue is rule out physical causes. (There are limits, of course -- if you have the basic tests done, and they all come back WNL, it's probably not physical.)

Provigil is an odd drug, and many insurance companies will balk at it. My insurance is generally pretty OK, and my doctor's office manager says they're amongst the easiest to get prior authorization from, but even they classify it such that I pay $125 per month, instead of the customary copay -- which I forget right now... It's either $10 or $25, though, so there's a huge discrepancy involved.

Good luck, whatever your doctor says.




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