Alertec is prescribed to treat excessive sleepiness caused by narcolepsy (a condition that causes excessive daytime sleepiness)
or shift work sleep disorder:
- Staying asleep during scheduled sleeping hours in people who work at night on rotating shifts;
- Sleepiness during scheduled waking hours and difficulty falling asleep;
Alertec is in a class of medications called wakefulness promoting agents.
Alertec is prescribed along with breathing devices or other treatments to prevent excessive sleepiness caused by obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS; a sleep disorder in which the patient briefly stops breathing or breathes shallowly many times during sleep and therefore doesn't get enough restful sleep).
Alertec works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the area of the brain that controls sleep and wakefulness.
Alertec side effects
Alertec may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
- Trouble sleeping;
- Stuffy nose;
- Stomach upset;
- Back pain;
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes;
- Unusual weakness;
- Unusual bruising or bleeding;
- Suicidal thoughts or actions;
- Shortness of breath;
- Severe allergic reactions:
-- Difficulty breathing or swallowing;
-- Swelling of the mouth face lips or tongue;
-- Tightness in the chest;
-- Unusual hoarseness;
- Red swollen blistered or peeling skin;
- Mouth sores;
- Mental or mood changes:
-- Exaggerated sense of well-being;
- Irregular heartbeat;
- Fever chills or sore throat;
- Dark urine;
- Chest pain;
- Abnormal thinking;
Tell your doctor if you:
- Are trying to become pregnant are already pregnant or are breast-feeding;
- Have a history of mental illness;
- Have any heart conditions:
-- Irregular heart beat;
-- Recent heart attack;
-- Unstable chest pain;
-- Valve problems;
- Have liver problems;
Any drugs taken in excess can cause symptoms of overdose. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical treatment immediately.
Symptoms of Alertec overdose may include:
- Slow blood clotting;
- Sleep disturbances;
- Fluttering heartbeat;
People over 66 may need a lower dose if they have liver or kidney disease, which reduce the body's ability to metabolize Alertec.
The Alertec dose is 200 mg taken as a single dose in the morning.
Store at room temperature between 67-76 degrees F (19-24 degrees C) away from moisture and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Alertec away from children and pets.
Do not flush Alertec down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Alertec when it
is expired or no longer needed.
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