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Old 07-17-2012, 05:40 PM   #1
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Modafinil question

I saw my family doctor yesterday. Reported the new symptoms with my hands, the problems with the heat, my bladder etc etc. While I'm waiting to see the neuro-opthalmologist, my doc is going to call the neurologist in town to see if she can see me sooner. She also put me off work until I see either the neuro or the neuro-opth... She also brought up MS again. When I started to say that if I were diagnosed I would be (was going to say "relieved"), she interrupted and said ".... happy, because at least then you could start treatment.

My family doc also got out the neuro's last report, in which Modafinil is suggested for my fatigue. When I hesitated about trying it, my doctor said that the neurologist was going to ask whether or not I had tried it. So I said sure and went home with a prescription.

I'm hesitant about the Modafinil. I am extremely exhausted, but I know I'll feel better when the Summer is over. On the other hand, I'm thinking it wouldn't be bad to have some extra energy.....

Any thoughts?

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Old 07-17-2012, 06:06 PM   #2
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Re: Modafinil question

Neurogenic symptoms are rarely alleviated by meds. It would essentially be a proverbial coin toss. When i experience fatigue, I rest. Like all things MS, even the fatigue will run through a cycle and it too shall fade from your life for some time. I would read all the information regarding any and all meds. Pay attention to the short and long term cautions and I would also question the efficacy of the med in helping Msers.

The one study I read regarding MSers showed it helped some MSers, but that the modafinil in low dosages was as effective as high doses (therefore a high dosage is not needed). There can be potential cardiovascular problems with patients having a history of cardio concerns. It can increase blood pressure. It can also render some birth control in effective. The use in MSers is off-label in the US the last I read (please check with your doctor for Canada).
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