Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

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Armodafinil Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

ARMODAFINIL (ar moe DAF i nil) is used to treat excessive sleepiness caused by certain sleep disorders. This includes narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and shift work sleep disorder.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to armodafinil, modafinil, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 17 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • amphetamine or dextroamphetamine

  • dexmethylphenidate or methylphenidate

  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

  • pemoline

  • procarbazine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • antifungal medicines like itraconazole or ketoconazole

  • barbiturates, like phenobarbital

  • birth control pills or other hormone-containing birth control devices or implants

  • carbamazepine

  • cyclosporine

  • diazepam

  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances

  • phenytoin

  • propranolol

  • triazolam

  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. The full effect of this medicine may not be seen right away.

This medicine may affect your concentration, function, or may hide signs that you are tired. You may get dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Alcohol can make you more dizzy and may interfere with your response to this medicine or your alertness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.

It is unknown if the effects of this medicine will be increased by the use of caffeine. Caffeine is found in many foods, beverages, and medications. Ask your doctor if you should limit or change your intake of caffeine-containing products while on this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain

  • fast, irregular heartbeat

  • increased blood pressure, particularly if you have high blood pressure

  • mental problems

  • sore throat, fever, or chills

  • tremors

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • headache

  • nausea, diarrhea, or stomach upset

  • nervousness

  • trouble sleeping

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Do you snore or have a difficult time staying awake during the day?

At the Sleep Disorder Center at Broward Health Medical Center, we can help!

Finally, relief for your sleep problems can be found at the Sleep Disorders Center at Broward Health Medical Center. The Center is one of the most comprehensive facilities in Broward County and is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. We provide physician evaluations, state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and treatment for all adult sleep-related disorders.

Sleep Disorders may range from a variety of problems such as:

Breathing problems: Sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing becomes shallow or stops while you sleep. It is usually associated with loud snoring and daytime sleepiness. If left untreated, sleep apnea may cause heart disease, obesity, stroke, and increased mortality.

Neurological problems: Narcolepsy, a condition that causes sudden uncontrollable sleepiness, vivid dreaming, "sleep attacks," a loss of muscle control and sometime hallucinations.

Insomnia: The inability to initiate and or maintain sleep. Often, this may be due to emotional or situational circumstances. If it lasts more than a few weeks, you may have a more serious problem.

These are some of the most common problems associated with 84 of the known sleeping disorders.

Symptoms of a sleep disorder may include:

  • daytime sleepiness
  • drowsiness while driving
  • difficulty concentrating
  • morning headache
  • snoring
  • hypertension
  • Diabetes

The Sleep Center at Broward Health Medical Center can help you diagnose and treat any sleep disorder issues. 

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Sleep Testing (Polysomnography)

Polysomnography is performed on patients that are suspected of having a sleeping disorder. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and is non-invasive. Monitoring devices are attached to the patient's head and body. The application of these monitoring devices causes no discomfort to the patient.

Testing is done in a private, comfortable bedroom (each room is outfitted with a private bathroom and personal shower), with a sleep technologist monitoring sleep patterns in a separate control room. The technologist is available all night to make sure the patient is comfortable, safe and to provide the physician with an excellent recording.

The test is done at night from 8:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. At the conclusion of the test the patient is free to resume his or her normal daily routine.

NEW! In order to accommodate our patients, we now offer Home Sleep Studies. Now that insurance companies are requesting patients to be screened and tested at home, and we can now diagnose you at home, if obstructive sleep apnea is your only issue, we can now perform the treatment phase at home also.  Treatment of Sleep Apnea should not be a stressful process; we have listened to your needs and are ready to work hard to make it easier for both the physician and the patient.

Our center also now provides PAP Naps. If you presently use CPAP and have issues with your mask, or if you cannot tolerate CPAP, we can work with you, provide education and increase your compliance with CPAP and overall health. We see patients daily in our sleep center and can perform both day and night time studies.

Medical Expertise

The Sleep Disorders Center at Broward Health Medical Center is under the direction of Dr. Glenn Singer, MD Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine. It is one of the few centers in the Broward County area that has three board-certified sleep physicians certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine to personally conduct your evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. The technical staff are board-certified or eligible by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

Comprehensive care involves primary and specialist care, including:

  • neurologists
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • dentists
  • ear, nose and throat specialists
  • maxillo facial surgeons
  • and more

The Center is committed to providing the highest quality and the most comprehensive care.

Treatment and Follow Up

Once an accurate diagnosis is made, a treatment plan is designed. Depending on the sleep disorder, treatment could involve a number of approaches, including a medication or a change from an existing medication, medical equipment for use at home, psychological counseling or surgery. A comprehensive sleep report with recommendations will be sent to your primary care physician and/or specialist.

Scheduling an Appointment

If you are concerned about the quantity and quality of your sleep or your bed partner has made comments to you about your snoring or other related sleep problems, consult with your primary care physician or specialist. If appropriate, your physician will refer you to the Sleep Disorder Center.

For additional information on sleep disorders, please call 954-355-5532.

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