Psychiatry Investig.  2018 Apr;15(4):424-427. 10.30773/pi.2016.10.25.

Modafinil Dependence: A Case with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey. dr.huseyinalacam@hotmail.com
  • 2Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey.

Abstract

Modafinil is generally known as a drug with low addiction potential. There are few case reports in the literature demonstrating that Modafinil, stated being capable of diminishing symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), causes addiction. In the present article a Modafinil addicted ADHD case, consuming usurious doses (5,000 mg/per day) of Modafinil is presented. The case presented to our psychiatry outpatient clinic due to: requirement of in taking high dose Modafinil in order to achieve the initial effects, difficulty in obtaining the drug, irritability, anxiousness, sleep irregularities, fatigue and unpleasant vivid dreams when he did not use the drug. It was realized that the patient, himself increased doses of Modafinil incrementally, in order to keep its effects on attention symptoms at the same level. It has to be kept in mind that ADHD patients can develop Modafinil addiction. It is necessary to carry out systemic studies on this subject.

Keyword

Modafinil; Dependence; Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
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