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Is Nuvigil a narcotic?

Is Nuvigil a narcotic? My pharmacy was concerned about filling the prescription I had from my late summer appointment (I just finished the samples provided by my doctor and now need to fill the script). They said a narcotic prescription is only "good" for six months and (since my insurance company wants me to get a "prior authorization, even though they have filled the Nuvigil for me before), the doctor will have to write a new prescription and we'll have to wait until the prior authorization goes through to fill it.
Fri, 10 Jan 2014
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Nuvigil (Armodafinil) is not a Narcotic drug

Its used to improve wakefulness in adults who experience excessive sleepiness due to one of the following diagnosed sleep disorders: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), shift work disorder (SWD), or narcolepsy.

Please inform your doctor about all of your health conditions including if you have: history of mental health problems (including psychosis), heart problems or had a heart attack, high blood pressure, liver or kidney problems, a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction, or are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Hope this helps -
Dr Sumit Mazumder
Consultant Psychiatrist
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Is Nuvigil a narcotic?

Nuvigil (Armodafinil) is not a Narcotic drug Its used to improve wakefulness in adults who experience excessive sleepiness due to one of the following diagnosed sleep disorders: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), shift work disorder (SWD), or narcolepsy. Please inform your doctor about all of your health conditions including if you have: history of mental health problems (including psychosis), heart problems or had a heart attack, high blood pressure, liver or kidney problems, a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction, or are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding. Hope this helps - Dr Sumit Mazumder Consultant Psychiatrist Certified Expert