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.


Make Your Dreams Come True at the Broward Health Coral Springs Sleep Disorders Center

A good night's sleep is essential to maintaining good health. Make your dreams come true by finding a sleep solution with our experienced and specialized team. Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the Sleep Disorders Center offers a comprehensive program that is dedicated to the evaluation, diagnosis and treatments of sleep disorders for adults and children. With new state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and computer monitoring equipment, the center is staffed by physicians specializing in sleep medicine and registered polysomnographic technologists who are highly trained in identifying and treating sleep disorders.

Young boy in sleep study

Sleep Testing

Polysomnography is a painless sleep study used to evaluate whether or not a person has a sleep disorder. It requires that the patient sleep overnight. A technologist monitors the patient from a separate control room throughout the night to ensure safety. Testing lasts for a period of 6 to 8 hours. Several electrodes and monitoring devices are attached to the patient to record brain waves, eye movements, chin muscle activity, heart rate and rhythm, breathing, leg movements, snoring, oxygen levels and body position with an infrared camera located in the patient's room. Once testing is completed the patient is free to go home or to work. All patients are invited to attend a sleep center orientation/walkthrough before their appointment to get a better idea of what to expect prior to their overnight stay.

The Pillar Procedure is a treatment for patients diagnosed with snoring and mild sleep apnea. It is an outpatient procedure that can be performed within 30 minutes. A local anesthetic is used to numb the soft palate in order to insert three polyester implants into the soft palate. Over time the implants help to stiffen the soft palate and decrease the vibration which can cause snoring and mild sleep apnea. It is not recommended for patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. For this reason, patients should have an overnight sleep study done in order to determine if they will benefit from this procedure.

Home studies
The Sleep Disorders Center offers home sleep study testing for patients who are 18 years of age and older without serious medical conditions. Our sleep panel physicians are trained in sleep medicine and are supported by a professional staff of registered polysomnographic technologists. Learn more »

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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 medication or a change from existing medication, medical equipment to use at home, psychological counseling or surgery.

The complete analysis is performed by registered polysomnographic technologists and the interpretation of the sleep study is performed by the sleep panel doctors. A comprehensive sleep report with diagnosis and recommendations will be sent to your primary care physician and/or specialist.

Sleep Rooms

Spacious and beautifully decorated patient rooms provide a spa-like feel making for a comfortable sleeping environment – all while patients are monitored. Each of the four private rooms have a fully functional bathroom equipped with a shower, comfortable bedding with a plush pillow top mattress in both full and queen size, flat panel television, ceiling fan, sound-proof insulation, and individual climate temperature controls. There is also a room designed especially for children where parents are offered sleep accommodations if they wish.

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Common Disorders

There are over 80 different types of sleep disorders that affect more than 40 million Americans. Below are a few of the most common sleep disorders:

Sleep study room at CSMC

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS)
A breathing disorder that is common in people who are overweight and occurs when there is a complete blockage of the upper airway. The signs and symptoms may be excessive daytime sleepiness, choking or gasping for air, morning headaches, mood swings, feelings of irritability, memory loss and trouble concentrating.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
A neurological disorder which causes extreme discomfort in the legs. Complaints may be a tingling, prickling or creepy-crawling sensation that is experienced while awake. The discomfort usually subsides with walking or running.

Periodic Leg Movement Syndrome (PLMS)
An involuntary disorder consisting of repeated leg twitches, kicking and jerking which can lead to complaints of excessive day time sleepiness, restless sleep and frequent awakenings. The person may be unaware of their leg activity. Uremia, anemia, diabetes, pregnancy, and taking or withdrawing from certain medications may cause this disorder.

Parasomnias
Abnormal limb and/or body movement behaviors that occur during deep sleep and may cause injury to the person or anyone around them. They are commonly seen in both children and adults and are described as sleepwalking, sleep talking, bruxism, night- mares, night-terrors, confusional arousals, and REM behavior sleep disorder.

Insomnia
The inability to easily fall asleep or remain asleep due to stress, anxiety, depression or poor sleep habits. The complaint may be the inability to fully function when awake and daytime sleepiness. Central Sleep Apnea When the impulse to breathe is blocked resulting in no airflow and no chest or abdominal movement. This may occur in people with a heart condition and in people with a neuromuscular disease.

Narcolepsy
A genetic disorder of uncontrollable sleep attacks usually noticeable during the teen or young adult years. Symptoms are excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, sudden loss of muscle tone when emotional, hallucinating, and the inability to move upon awakening.

Scheduling an Appointment

Adult male in sleep studyIf you are concerned about your sleep or if your bed partner has made comments to you about snoring or other sleep related problems, consult your physician or a sleep specialist for a referral to the Sleep Disorders Center. Please contact us at 954-344-7431 if you have any questions.

The Sleep Disorders Center is located on the second floor (Suite 260) of the 2901 Medical Arts in the Springs building, on Coral Hills Drive east of Broward Health Coral Springs.

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