Does anyone else drink alcohol??? It says on my modafinil bottle not to drink and my doctor also told me to stop drinking because it's considered a downer and it would be dangerous and also habit forming.
Strangely alcohol has always given me energy. I drink a couple of times a week and I feel great, I sleep better and wake up easier in the morning.
I think it's weird when my doctor tells me not to use booze for sleeping because it's habit forming yet she'll prescribe me pills to sleep(which I'v never allowed her to give me.)
As far as I'm concerned pills at bedtime and first thing every morning for the rest of my life is habit.
So anyone else feel better when drinking?
Didn't need to worry at all. Got drunk faster (or maybe it was the jelly shots lol) and didn't think I was drunk till I saw the videos of us on the way home. Didn't sleep any different and never had a hangover.
Enjoying life with alcohol is slippery slope. It may make you feel good once in a while but if you self medicated you would need more and more and then there is that pesky alcoholism (been there done that).
N/C including modafinil are dangerous when mixed, especially when excessive amounts are consumed. Alcohol can act as a stimulant (for some of us our body metabolizes it differntly). My sister had N/C and was on modafinl, effexor, and just prescribed ritilan on top of those two. The mixture took her life Sept 5 this year. She was 39. Is the risk worth it? It's a choice we all have to make every time we are faced with the choice to mix or not. It's not worth it to me. I lost my sister and best friend.
Drinking right before bed (e.g. drinking to help you fall asleep) can indeed cause this kind of insomnia. However, if you drink several hours before going to bed (e.g. drinking something with dinner), this doesn't happen. I was annoyed that my doctor didn't make the distinction... first she made it sound like alcohol interacted with my medication (adderall), and then she made it sound as if it was just plain bad for sleep. Neither of these things is true.
It was especially annoying because I rarely drink. Sometimes I'll drink on vacation, but all in all I have less than 1 drink a month. I have a thing for Scotch... dunno why. Anyway, the problem I had with this was that the whole doctor/patient relationship is based on trust. My doc should trust me enough to explain that drinking alcohol before bed (esp. in order to sleep) is a BIG NO and having alcohol early in the day will definitely make me drowsy, but having a drink with dinner every now and again is OK. Also, I need to trust that my doc is giving me good information, right? Well, after the whole avoid alcohol thing, I'll admit, I never fully trusted the advice that doc gave me. I felt like I had to double-check her work, so to speak. My new neurologist is much better about that stuff...
I don't know any long term effects, but I know 2 different people who are heavy drinkers (borderline alcoholics) who drink regularly on it and didn't have any side effects. None that were obvious in the last few years. Although like I said, the long term effects are unknown :/
I'm not a Dr, but I think drinking, with in reason, will be fine, as long as your not washing it down with alcohol. I'd assume your drinking hours after taking it?
I don't have any issues, but if I drink, it's usually at night, not while it's fully in my system. In general, drinking whileon stimulants can increase your heart rate, and blood pressure.
I don't have much experience with this, because I hardly drink, but the few times I have, I didn't notice anything. It was later in the day, though, as the others said, so who knows how much modafinil was even in my system at that point. I don't crash on modafinil so I don't actually know when it wears off for me. I just get normal sleepy toward the end of the day, like a healthy person would naturally.
Oh, and I never have more than one drink, so I don't know if more than that would've done anything funny.
I've been taking Modafinil since it was approved for use in the US. I haven't changed my drinking habits since being on it, which is to say I drink in social settings (1-3 glasses of wine, maybe slightly more if it is an all day event) once every few months. Occassionally, I have a glass of wine in the evening, but again, that is at most, once or twice a month. I have never gotten sick from drinking and taking Modafinil. My doctor asks the question at every appointment, but he never blinks when I give my answer, so I am assuming what I am doing is ok. He DOES blink and comment when I mention the caffeine I drink, so I am pretty sure if my alcohol consumption was a problem, he would say something!