Provigil vs Ritalin

Provigil
(Rx)
Ritalin
(Rx)
Provigil is a nervous system medication.
Ritalin is an ADHD medication and a nervous system medication.
Satisfaction Score
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3.6
Moderately Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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3.3
Moderately Satisfied
Helpfulness
for ADHD
3.5
Concern level
1.8
Helpfulness
for ADHD
2.0
Concern level
1.7
Approval Date
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December 24, 1998
December 5, 1955
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
60,487 Discussions
195,402 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Tiredness
#2 for Narcolepsy
#3 for Depression
#4 for Drowsiness
#5 for ADD
#6 for ADHD
#7 for Sleep Apnea
#8 for Fibromyalgia
#9 for CFS
Our data suggest that Provigil is taken for Tiredness, although it is not approved for this condition. It is prescribed for Narcolepsy. In addition, our data suggest that some patients take Provigil for Depression, although this is not an approved use.
Condition
Number of posts
#1 for ADHD
#2 for ADD
#3 for Depression
#4 for Anxiety
#5 for Narcolepsy
#6 for Inattentive
Ritalin is prescribed for ADHD and ADD and is mostly mentioned together with these indications. Our data suggest that it is taken for Depression and Anxiety, although it is not approved for these conditions.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Pro
Headaches
9
Jitteriness
4
Weight Gain
4
Nausea
4
Weight Loss
3
Withdrawal Symptoms
3
Irritability
3
Dizziness
3
Migraines
2
Restlessness
2
Rit
Addiction
8
Headaches
4
Euphoria
4
Withdrawal Symptoms
4
Irritability
3
Drowsiness
2
Psychosis
2
Nausea
2
Mood Swings
2
Paranoia
2
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Provigil
Pro
Ritalin
Rit
Headaches
Pro
Rit
9
4
Jitteriness
Pro
Rit
4
0
Weight Gain
Pro
Rit
4
0
Nausea
Pro
Rit
4
2
Weight Loss
Pro
Rit
3
0
Withdrawal Symptoms
Pro
Rit
3
4
Irritability
Pro
Rit
3
3
Dizziness
Pro
Rit
3
0
Migraines
Pro
Rit
2
0
Restlessness
Pro
Rit
2
0
Addiction
Rit
Pro
8
0
Headaches
Rit
Pro
4
9
Euphoria
Rit
Pro
4
0
Withdrawal Symptoms
Rit
Pro
4
3
Irritability
Rit
Pro
3
3
Drowsiness
Rit
Pro
2
0
Psychosis
Rit
Pro
2
0
Nausea
Rit
Pro
2
4
Mood Swings
Rit
Pro
2
0
Paranoia
Rit
Pro
2
0
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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Before taking Provigil during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
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Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between Provigil and alcohol.
Method of use
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Pill
Pill
Dosages
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Tablet: 100 mg, 200 mg
Tablet: 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg
Food Instructions
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No Food Instructions
Do not consume alcohol when taking methylphenidate as it may increase methylphenidate's toxicity.
Ingredients
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Modafinil
Methylphenidate
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Provigil and Ritalin: Interaction not known, but may still exist. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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adderall XR, Vyvanse and Ritalin
| shawn
I have recently read post about different medications for ADHD. I have been on Adderall XR 20mg in AM then Adderall SR at noon which caused an initial "rush" or euphoria that high feeling you get when you first take adderall then I was dealing with terrible crashes and irritability no appetite not to mention the enormous rise in my BP (blood pressure) after about 3 weeks and a very hard time trying to sleep (SOOO tired but couldnt sleep) after being awake for 42 hours I was convinced that adderall was not going to be the medication to help with my ADHD. After seeing my psychiatrist they put me on Vyvanse 30mg twice a day and i have to say that it started out ok, I felt good and everything in my mind seemed more clear and easier to learn new things and helped with my memory problem a tiny bit as well. As for the side effects with the Vyvanse It was almost none i had a good appetite and was able to fall asleep each night with no problem but then after on it for about 2 months I started getting very very dry mouth (more than usual) and strange bumps on my tounge that gave a funny taste to everything i ate or drank as well as a slim coating that covered my dry taste buds. So the Doc says it was a "rash" on my tongue and took take me off of the Vyvanse. Now i am currently on Ritalin SR (generic methylphenidate) 20mg 3 times a day and coming from the Vyvanse which gave me a longer lasting "working" effect I feel a faint boost maybe like if I drank 3 cans of Monster (energy drink) which is okay for now but with all of these medications i have tried, all of them gave me a crash (adderall the worst) and irritability. To conclude I was wondering if anyone has taken or is taking Provigil and has tried any of the other medications i have listed as well? If you would give me some feed back about which of these medications worked best for you.. I am considering the Provigil but i would like to find out more. Thanks!
Dr Joey
January 21, 2015
ADDERALL is and always was a garbage drug. Shire quietly removed a quality, therapeutic equivalent for Dexedrine 5mg (and added a 10mg tab) as soon as Adderall's deceptive advertising — all of that easy onset crap NEVER was supported by valid and reliable research — convinced every type of doctor BUT the psychiatrists and neurologists that this irrational mixtures of d- and dl-amphetamines was "the cure". Dextroamphetamine i(or methylphenidate in milder cases) is the drug of choice for ADD/ADHD

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please help
| 4yrs and counting
I have suffered from hypersomnia for over four years, have many different types of sleep studies and tried many different combinations of medication. PLEASE HELP!!! Methylphenedate being the only stimuant i have tried i am only finding very temporary relief followed by days of complete zombienism, as i call it. I am litterally desperate to find any other medication that keeps me from falling asleep but avoids the etreme iritable and physically strung out feelings. I need an answer that provides me with a clear, present and unanxious feeling from 6-6 each day. Maybe its a mirage but its something i witness in people without hypersomnia so i am still searching. I have no ins at this time am unable to work, drive or be an active part of society. PLEASE HELP with any information on a medication even relative to the description above, my family and i will be eternally greatful, honestly
kmphillipscats3
May 22, 2014
Methylphenidate has a lot of consequential issues. The side effects cause more side effects.
It is registered as an over stimulant. So I will wake you up, set off severe depression by suppression some much needed brain chemicals, then stir it all up so you can't sleep, then disorganizes your thinking and concentration. Talk to the manufacturer, they can explain it better than I can. But I did, and now I understand why with some people it wakes them up but makes them want to kill themselves. Not
viki
February 28, 2014
try Provigil

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