Citation: Electric Shaman. "Strung Out Feeling After Quitting: An Experience with Provigil & Tobacco (exp94407)". Erowid.org. Aug 26, 2016. erowid.org/exp/94407
This isn't a trip report in the sense that it's a description of what happened after I stopped taking the drug, rather than what happened while I was taking it.
I took Provigil for around four years - initially for ADD (I'm a bit schizophrenic, and Adderall makes me hallucinate death plots), and then later for 'idiosyncratic hypersomnia' - which is doctor speak for 'we're not quite sure why you sleep too much.' I've since come to the conclusion that the hypersomnia and resulting catalepsy is quite mild, and was actually aggravated into being a major problem through a combination of smoking tobacco and using Provigil.
Its tendency to exacerbate existing sleep disorders is not the main thing I wanted to warn the general populace about. The main problem with this drug was actually that it was far more addictive than is generally believed, my body couldn't quite place what I was addicted to, so I ended up feeling generically strung out and craving random items.
I found quite accidentally that I felt far better when I stopped taking the medication - what followed was around a month of this strung-out state. I harassed acquaintances for ecstasy, took strange herbal concoctions from hippie marts, tried drinking at inappropriate times, and engaged in a number of other forms of substance abuse that are quite unusual for me.
After around a month and a half, the bizarre cravings for other drugs are gone. I still have a mild sleep problem that jumps up at inconvenient times, but now that I've a) quit smoking (around two years ago) and b) stopped taking Provigil, there is no longer any risk of falling completely asleep due to one of these episodes.
I had originally been taking as much as 200mg / day - by the time I stopped I'd lowered it to around 50mg/day.
Incidentally quitting smoking helped with the catalepsy far more than quitting provigil.
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