Provigil is a prescription drug used to treat excessive sleepiness caused by sleep apnea, narcolepsy, or shift work sleep disorder. Because Provigil works on the central nervous system, it may cause side effects that impair a person’s ability to think or react. Other common Provigil side effects may include:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • feeling nervous or agitated
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • dry mouth

Serious Provigil Side Effects

In rare cases, Provigil can cause serious, and even life-threatening, side effects. Among the serious side effects linked to Provigil are serious skin disorders, including Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a sometimes life-threatening hypersensitivity complex affecting the skin and the mucous membrane. Another Provigil side effect is Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, a life-threatening, and usually drug-induced, skin condition that is characterized by the detachment of the top layer of skin all over the body.

Provigil & Psychiatric Side Effects

In addition to the skin disorders, the FDA has warned that Provigil may cause severe psychiatric side effects. These side effects include anxiety, mania, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts. Due to these potential side effects, the Provigil warning label cautions doctors not to prescribe the drug to people with a history of mania or depression, and says that Provigil use should be discontinued if a patient develops any psychiatric side effects.

A recently updated Provigil warning label says that patients should stop using Provigil at the first sign of a skin rash and contact their doctors immediately. In addition, Provigil patients should stop using Provigil and contact a doctor if they experience any of the following serious side effects:

  • fever, sore throat, headache, and vomiting with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash
  • bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness
  • easy bruising or bleeding
  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips
  • hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior
  • depression, anxiety
  • chest pain, uneven heart beats

If you or a family member took Provigil and experienced a serious side effect, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  Please contact our lawyers today to assess your legal rights.

Published November 17, 2011 by