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Armodafinil (Nuvigil, Acronite, Armoda, Armod, Artivil, Neoresotyl, R-Modawake, Waklert, Modavital) is a non-stimulant wake-promoting medication. While it is not completely known how this medication works, it appears to influence the brain chemistry that increases wakefulness, particularly the neurotransmitter dopamine. Armodafinil is a single-isomer of modafinil (Provigil), another wake-promoting medication, and was approved by the U.S. FDA in 2007 to improve wakefulness in people with excessive sleepiness caused by narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea and shift work sleep disorder. Armodafinil can interact with hormonal birth control to make it less effective (learn more HERE), and can result in a life-threatening rash. In addition, armodafinil can sometimes result in headaches, which, if severe enough, can cause a user to reduce the dosage, thereby limiting the effectiveness of the medication. Read more about armodafinil at MedlinePlus.gov HERE and on HF’s Treatment web page HERE.