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It's Wake-Up Time

"Right now, the US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory is testing an antisleep agent called modafinil. Developed by the French firm Lafon to fight narcolepsy and sold by Pennsylvania drugmaker Cephalon under the name Provigil, the compound can keep users up for two or three days at a stretch, with negligible side effects and little risk of addiction. Modafinil was approved by the FDA in 1998 and has been used to treat excessive sleepiness in patients with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and multiple sclerosis; it's also been shown to help cocaine addicts kick the habit. The French Foreign Legion used the drug in Gulf War I, and although the Pentagon won't comment, several news outlets reported that coalition troops were taking it during the drive to Baghdad earlier this year."

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November 2, 2003 in symptom management | Permalink