Nuvigil vs Provigil

In the following article we are going to compare these two drugs against each other side-to-side examining point after a point so you can easily see advantages and disadvantages of both. The main purpose is to give you an idea about pros and cons so you can decide for yourself, which one fits you better.

Nuvigil vs Provigil

Both these medications are analeptic and made for treatment of narcolepsy, shift work disorder, and obstructive sleep apnea. Provigil is based on Modafinil active component. Nuvigil uses Armodafinil as a basis. Both general components have similar rate of effectiveness, addiction and half-life. Recommended dosage of Nuvigil drug is 150-250mg once a day. A dose is usually taken before noon in order to avoid excessive nervousness and anxiety. The some goes for Provigil, however the dose is 200mg. The dosage was estimated during numerous clinical researches that were aimed on treating of people suffering from narcolepsy and obstructive sleep apnea.


A few online sources that are aimed on selling Nuvigil state that it has less common side effects however it is not truth. Both the drugs have basically the same list of common side effects that are headache, dizziness, nervousness, trouble sleeping, nausea, upset stomach and stuffy nose. In most cases these side effects take place as a result of ignoring basic instructions. Off-label use also includes the same list of cases that are attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mood disorders, weight loss, cocaine and opiate addiction, fatigue and a few others. Provigil unlike Nuvigil medication is available in generic form.

As you can see these two drugs aren’t that different. They have more in common than different. Both Provigil and Nuvigil are designed to treat the same disorders, the effectiveness seems to be the same, the list of side effects is similar, they have the only evident difference – they are based on different key-ingredients, however they both originate from the same group of preparations. Some consumers guess that Nuvigil due to lower dosage (150mg to 200mg of Provigil) may have less additional and inefficient components and lower risk of side effects, which actually make some sense. But at the same time a lower dose may not give you the desirable results because your organism wouldn’t receive as much active ingredients of this or that medication as it may need.


Maybe you should try both, compare them side to side, weigh all pros and cons and then decide for yourself, which one works better for you and meets all the requirements that you have. I’d say that there is no obvious and irrefutable winner in this Provigil vs Nuvigil ‘fight’. However, if you ask my personal opinion then I would rather choose and stay with Provigil. The reason why is that it fully meets my requirements and it doesn’t affect me in any harmful way. I feel awake and full of energy whenever I need it and I have no problems with sleep after all. So it gives me the result that I expect and nothing above it and I don’t need it. However the choice is yours.


9 thoughts on “Nuvigil vs Provigil

    1. admin Post author

      It is not recommended to use Provigil if you have allergic reaction to one of these ingredients: Modafinil and Armodafanil ( an active ingredient in Nuvigil).

  1. Lynn Stone

    Provigil vs Nuvigil
    The initial comment about the difference in these two medications stated a lot of facts, but the most important statement was that both should be tried in order to determine the best for the individual. I have tried both for extended periods. In my case, Provigil is worthless. Now that it is generic and only costs me $10/month is of no value, I would enjoy throwing the $10 out of my car window more than spending it on this medication that helps my narcolepsy for only about 2 hours. The remaining hours I am lethargic, weak and depressed. In comparison, Nuvigil 250mg taken first thing in the morning gives me a life of normalcy. I am awake, level, involved, calm, happy and productive. The chemical difference in the two for me is black and white. I applaud the chemist that developed this medication. They, at least, new enough about the potential in the slight variation between Provigil and Nuvigil to believe in the need to manufacture both.

    1. Darrin

      I had the EXACT same experience. Unfortunately, insurance only covers provigil. Provigil was no different than a double espresso. It’s awful suffering when there’s a cure just out of reach.

  2. alucardus

    I feel more awake on armo, but I can concentrate better on moda because armo is a little more like a caffeine jittery wakefulness, than moda’s clean focused wakefulness.

  3. Bulaba0

    Armodafinil, for me at least, is just constant awakeness. I don’t get much of a difference in my concentration or focus, but I’m just not tired. It is beyond amazing if you are just tired and need to get back into the swing of things. You just dont get tired.

  4. GG13

    I have taken Provigil for years because I have am permanently disabled by an extremely painful chronic back condition (read: there is nothing they can do but keep me loaded up on opiates.) I’m what is considered “therapeutically dependent” on a number of meds (some opioid and some not) that make me so sleepy I literally can’t keep my eyes open to watch TV or read, much less drive or do anything productive. So Provigil has been a godsend and has done the trick. A recent change in insurance plans has thrown a spanner in midst of things as Provigil is not covered and costs more than $500 per month–ouch! Try that on a disability paycheck. Nothing else works (we’ve tried Ritalin, etc) except for Nuvigil. I find the two interchangeable, i.e. no noticeable difference for me. But here is an interesting tidbit, although it’s newer to market and has no generic, Nuvigil in its strongest dosage is still less expensive than brand name Provigil (200 mg). In fact, the pharmacist tells me it’s less expensive than generic modafinil! Now why is that? A med that has been around for years (long enough to lose the patent) with plenty of generic versions is still so damned expensive that it’s less expensive (although still out of my price range) for me to buy the “new” version. Things that make you go hmmmm. And the FDA wonders why people are tempted to buy from online pharmacies claiming to be from Canada! The folks at Nuvigil will give you a free one month’s trial (check out their website) and a discount card for future prescriptions whether you are lucky enough to be making a co pay, or paying out of pocket. They are, at least, trying.

  5. geri

    I have chronic fatigue, fibromylgia, depression, back pain, and sleep disorder. I tried nuvigil and with in 30 minutes I felt like a person for the first time in years. I had no energy, did not want to get out of bed and just could not function before that.I thought I had my life back, but the insurance would not pay for it. they had me to try Provigil and the inc. covered it, but it made me sick. did just the opposite of nuvigil, and still the inc. will not cover it. why? I do not understand why they will cover Provigil, when I cannot take it and the nuvigil gave me my life back and made me feel so much better phycially and mentally. ever help my pain go away.. but I also, cannot afford to pay 500.00 for 30 pills either. I was buying 2 at a time and that cost me 43.00 for 2. then I would half them to make them last longer, but I can’t keep doing that either. I would ask the nuvigil inc. co. to rethink their dicission, because I can barely function now that I don’t have any.why would you pay for Provigil when it does not work and not nuvigil, when it is a life changer and it cost about the same? I am asking you to please reconsider and cover the nuvigil for me, please. I want to be able to spend what time I have left here on this earth enjoying my grand kids and I am having a great grand child now and I sure want to be able to enjoy awhile with it.
    thank you very much
    gearldine breedlove

  6. Scoops

    I have bipolar depression. ADD, anxiety problems. My bipolar is at a point were I no longer have manic episodes, just mainly the off and on depression. I take several other meds for my comorbid disorders. nuvigil is just one of them. I’ve been on nuvigil for over a year. I take it when I need it. It is supposed to help a little with the depression by getting me up out of bed and awake. Maybe even a mood elevator. ADD, I think it still helps a little. Jury is still out on anxiety(It helps me be more “normal” and maybe have more fun in social situations) . Sometimes it was a 250mg in the morning or I’ll break them in half and take only half a dose. If I have to stay up late I’ll take half of a 250mg around late afternoon. If I’m up early and know I’m going to be up late(like going out for a concert or something) I’ll take a 250 in the morning and a half of one in the late afternoon. When I first started to take nuvigil it was great. It made me feel awake, good about myself, I did have better focus. Now I have lost a little of the improved focus I think. Or it could be I’ve just become used to the improvement. Anyway, my insurance has changed and I can get the modafinil the generic for $10 a month as opposed to around $100 for the nuvigil. I saw my doctor today and got a script for the modafinil. So, it should be interesting to see if there are any differences or side effects. I experienced no side effects. Started my first dose of 200mg modafinil today. Like 30 min ago. I’ll get back to you.


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