Trouble Getting Provigil Prescription

I don't understand why I can't get a prescription to provigil. Three months ago I went to my doctor for a normal checkup and to discuss a possible prescription of provigil. Just so happens that day I went in my blood pressure was a little high, and by a little, I mean 140s over 70s. Most likely because I had a cheat day the day and night before. He looked in some magazine looking reference guide and said he can't prescribe it to patients that have high BP. So 3 months later I go back to another doctor because the old one is gone now and explained to him the situation. My BP was in normal ranges this time, and my full metabolic blood panel results were all in normal ranges as well, but this guy said provigil has major side effects and he never prescribes it. WTF!


 


The reason I would like to try it out is because not only do I work shift work, I work up to 20 hour shifts with a 3-4 hour turnaround before next shift starts and this can be a never ending process for a full workweek. So as you can imagine, sometimes I find it just a little hard to focus and coffee will only take me so far through the day.. or night.


 


Im not expecting a medical doctor answer, just an honest opinion of why you guys might think I can't seem to get ahold of this stuff.. I also don't want to go doctor shopping until I find one who will give it to me, because that seems wrong, but seriously whats the issue here. This stuff was made for the exact reason I want it. Any input?


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  • SystemSystem mod
    edited September 2014

    Cost-wise, you're better off buying modafinil off the internet than you are getting a prescription. Someone on here pointed out that getting that stuff from your doctor will cost you in the ballpark of $10 per pill. By comparison, most sites sell modafinil for less than two dollars a pill.


     


    Yeah, America is all kinds of fucked up. Doctors encourage you to take amphetamines if you display any symptoms of ADHD (I speak from experience. Lol), yet they deem modafinil as the anti-Christ.


  • SkeletorSkeletor The Conqueror Worm ✭✭✭


    Cost-wise, you're better off buying modafinil off the internet than you are getting a prescription.




    This. If I decide to check out Modafinil in the future, I'll be ordering it online. Trying to get a prescription is just a massive hassle. The less I have to see my doctor, for anything, the better.

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  • Because of the SJS side effect, doctors generally won't be able to prescribe it for ADHD or anything other than narcolepsy as it is not approved for ADHD treatment (assuming ADHD is the approach you are using to get a modafinil prescription).


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  • I was avoiding doctors for decades, only relying on my annual physical for my job and specialists for injuries.  That ended when I couldn't get "custom" labs beyond the basic blood draw for my physical.  The labs were recommended by my coach and resulted in a referral to my current PCP who is an ultra-marathoner.  I thought it was an excellent fit.  Modafinil originally got my attention for the brain hacking effects but when I saw it was legitimately prescribed for "Shift Worker Sleep Disorder" I got super interested.  After recovering from insomnia, sleep assumed a high priority and I wanted to reduce caffeine consumption late in my work shift so as not to affect my sleep. I asked for the Rx and got it without any refills until a followup appointment.  That appointment seemed to be devoted to how it worked, running down the list of side effects (what the hell is a "life threatening rash??) and on my blood pressure.  I had been "treated" for hi blood pressure before with a med that gave me side effects.  The "hypertension" was stress related so no further meds were looked into.  If I had shared the serial shit-storms I was dealing with I probably never would have been medicated to start with.  The only detectable side effects were a change in the smell of my urine and trouble getting to sleep when resuming it if I stopped using for more that 4 days.  My longest workday is 12 hours and usually that is at night with some projects involving a 24 hour turn-around to days.  Work-wise, the biggest benefit for me is that it seems to uncouple mental and physical fatigue.  I can get physically tired but it doesn't drag my alertness or thinking skills along with it.  My initial trials of Ciltep & Alpha Brain were before I tried Modafinil and I thought those 2 products were frauds.  Stress, depression and insomnia were working against the nootropics and when trying them again after resolving those issues they worked well but not when I got physically wasted.  The Modafinil keeps me sharp while the physical body is circling the drain.


     


    I don't understand your reluctance to "shop" for a doctor.  Granted, my "shopping" was done for me but still, you should find an MD that fits your lifestyle and goals.  The "rules" the doc & I agreed to are to take a pill if the workday is longer than 8 hours, if I anticipate a need to be mentally razor sharp and to not bother with the Modafinil if I anticipate the opportunity to take a nap (like for non-workdays).  I have been using it since early September and my insurance covers all but $25 which may be my deductible still running down even this late in the year because it is the only Rx med I take.

  • I can attest to Modafinil keeping a person mentally sharp even if the body is tired. I've used 100 mg's on a 2 hour drive, late at night, so I'd get home safely. It worked very very well. 



    That said, it is wise to be very careful when dealing with physical tiredness, and ignoring that through the use of Modafinil. That physical tiredness IS legitimate, at times. Ignoring it through coffee or Modafinil can have not awesome side-effects.



    On the plus side, you can get a lot of stuff done on Modafinil. It is pretty fantastic. But you DO need to keep track of what your physical body is telling you. The mind can only go so far, if the body is weak.




    I was avoiding doctors for decades, only relying on my annual physical for my job and specialists for injuries.  That ended when I couldn't get "custom" labs beyond the basic blood draw for my physical.  The labs were recommended by my coach and resulted in a referral to my current PCP who is an ultra-marathoner.  I thought it was an excellent fit.  Modafinil originally got my attention for the brain hacking effects but when I saw it was legitimately prescribed for "Shift Worker Sleep Disorder" I got super interested.  After recovering from insomnia, sleep assumed a high priority and I wanted to reduce caffeine consumption late in my work shift so as not to affect my sleep. I asked for the Rx and got it without any refills until a followup appointment.  That appointment seemed to be devoted to how it worked, running down the list of side effects (what the hell is a "life threatening rash??) and on my blood pressure.  I had been "treated" for hi blood pressure before with a med that gave me side effects.  The "hypertension" was stress related so no further meds were looked into.  If I had shared the serial shit-storms I was dealing with I probably never would have been medicated to start with.  The only detectable side effects were a change in the smell of my urine and trouble getting to sleep when resuming it if I stopped using for more that 4 days.  My longest workday is 12 hours and usually that is at night with some projects involving a 24 hour turn-around to days.  Work-wise, the biggest benefit for me is that it seems to uncouple mental and physical fatigue.  I can get physically tired but it doesn't drag my alertness or thinking skills along with it.  My initial trials of Ciltep & Alpha Brain were before I tried Modafinil and I thought those 2 products were frauds.  Stress, depression and insomnia were working against the nootropics and when trying them again after resolving those issues they worked well but not when I got physically wasted.  The Modafinil keeps me sharp while the physical body is circling the drain.


     


    I don't understand your reluctance to "shop" for a doctor.  Granted, my "shopping" was done for me but still, you should find an MD that fits your lifestyle and goals.  The "rules" the doc & I agreed to are to take a pill if the workday is longer than 8 hours, if I anticipate a need to be mentally razor sharp and to not bother with the Modafinil if I anticipate the opportunity to take a nap (like for non-workdays).  I have been using it since early September and my insurance covers all but $25 which may be my deductible still running down even this late in the year because it is the only Rx med I take.



  • Personally, I just aim to live in countries where I can get access to anything I want easily. Some governments are less obnoxious than others.


    Biggest takeaway after several years as a hardcore biohacker: think long-term. Focus on health first before adding in boosters. It works a lot better.
  • Doctors do not like to take additional responsibility...it is easier for them to say NO than to explain


  • Garrett_K revealed a need for some clarification. 


    I don't run myself into the ground with an assist from Modafinil.  A worst case scenario on the job is nights, heat, protective clothing that makes the heat worse, dehydration and repetitive tasks that have ugly consequences if they are effed up.  The worst part of the day is about 2 hours before leaving and a sketchy commute home for 32 miles.  The workload is something I have adapted to but fatigue, pre-Modafinil, would not become obvious until it was too late and everything would seem to crash at once.  I am more self-aware on Modafinil and can see trouble coming and can scale my activity to the decreasing resources I have as the night goes on.  As I explain what the prescription med does for me to my co-workers, "I still get wasted, but I'm damn well focused on it!".  I have seen some things about using Modafinil to push physical limits but I am not ready for that because I have not returned to even a mild training routine yet.


  • Whats a good online source for moda? I havent found anything anywhere near that cheap!


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    Up in the thread :)




    Whats a good online source for moda? I havent found anything anywhere near that cheap!



  • oops, yup, i'll rtff next time. 


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