This is another in a series of postings about products sometimes misinterpreted and misused as “treatments” for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Provigil

This medication is approved for use in decreasing daytime sleepiness, which is one of many symptoms of sleep apnea, but is not considered a treatment for OSA.

  • The company’s website carries a disclaimer that clearly states “In patients with OSA, Provigil is used along with other medical treatments for this sleep disorder.  Provigil is NOT a replacement for your current treatment.
  • Patients may no longer feel sleepy during waking hours when taking Provigil, leading them to believe they no longer need to continue their OSA treatment.  But, the medical risks associated with OSA could still affect the patient.

OSA patients need to closely follow their doctor’s guidelines for treatment.

Luke Goodpaster

Director of Research

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