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The Real-Life ‘Limitless’? Narcolepsy Drug Used To Provide Extra Energy Boost
CBS2) ^ | November 20, 2012 12:21 AM

Posted on 11/21/2012 5:27:17 PM PST by BenLurkin

STUDIO CITY (CBS2) — A narcolepsy drug, dubbed the “Viagra for the brain”, is being used by some people to increase their brain function.

Although the primary function of FDA-approved Provigil is to treat sleeping disorders, some people take the pill because they’re simply tired and want more energy.

Dave Asprey, the VP of a billion dollar internet security firm and the CEO of The Bulletproof Executive, said he was given a prescription for the pill nine years ago and it’s changed his life.

“This is the sort of thing that lets you perform at levels you didn’t know you were capable of,” he said. “You have a laser-like focus you didn’t have before.”

Sleep specialist Dr. Ron Popper said users of the medication need to be careful because it hasn’t been approved by the FDA for brain boosting or fatigue alone.

“Until the studies are done to show the long-term effectiveness and long-term potential side effects, it should be used according to the FDA guidelines,” he said.

CBS2’s Lisa Sigell said the side effects of Provigil include headaches, back pain, anxiety, and an extremely rare life-threatening rash.

Asprey said he hasn’t experienced any side effects from the medication.

He thinks people will benefit from “smart drugs”.

“I’m really convinced that when people take it for a while, they get used to operating at a higher level performance. Even without the drug, they maintain the ability to focus,” Asprey said.


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1 posted on 11/21/2012 5:27:21 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

What do you think - should the first dollars spent on Obamacare be to give every stupid Obama voter a lifetime Rx of this stuff?


2 posted on 11/21/2012 5:31:08 PM PST by turfmann
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To: turfmann

Why? So they can be aggressive, destructive parasites at hyper speed?


3 posted on 11/21/2012 5:38:42 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (John Winthrop's "City upon a Hill" just became a midden heap. Infested with rats and other vermin.)
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To: BenLurkin

I suspect an extreme psychoctic break coming in this man’s near future! Lets see, what drug did Freud champion as the “miracle drug”? Oh yeah. It was cocaine.


4 posted on 11/21/2012 5:42:59 PM PST by Casie (Chuck Norris 2016)
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To: turfmann
Since you need a perscription to get it, .. takes all the fun out of it!
5 posted on 11/21/2012 5:45:00 PM PST by Ken522
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To: BenLurkin
Sleep specialist Dr. Ron Popper

Dr. Popper pushes pills to pill poppers?

6 posted on 11/21/2012 5:48:16 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

My reaction exactly!


7 posted on 11/21/2012 5:53:52 PM PST by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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To: BenLurkin; Cassie; Turfman; Dr.Zoidberg

I understand completely that the above comments are made in levity.
I have relatively mild narcolepsy (I can still function normally, but doze off once or twice a day) so I’ve been prescribed Provigil.
Rather than describing it as something that will caffeinate you and make you energetic or edgy, it actually makes you much more focused. You don’t have more energy, or move faster, it makes you more deliberative and heightens your awareness of your surroundings.
Personally, it’s been a fantastic treatment for me, and, truth be told, it’d probably be a plus for most people (me not being in most people’s heads or bodies, I can’t say for sure).
Supposedly, it’s non-addictive (when I used it originally for shift work, I’d take it occasionally, and still don’t take it on the weekends/non-work days) and I haven’t experienced any side effects such as insomnia. The major drawback is that my insurance plan (very widely used) doesn’t seem to cover much of it as it’s $5 a pill which can add up.


8 posted on 11/21/2012 6:01:35 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: BenLurkin

Too bad it’s so expensive, this sounds like something that may help me day-to-day.


9 posted on 11/21/2012 6:06:41 PM PST by wastedyears (I don't want to live on this planet anymore.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Ping.


10 posted on 11/21/2012 6:13:20 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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*


11 posted on 11/21/2012 6:21:12 PM PST by PMAS (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: BenLurkin

Will this replace Adderall as the “breakfast of champions” at top universities?


12 posted on 11/21/2012 6:23:09 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation

Try Spike Energy Drink, found at GNC, no calories, small can. Great for long-distance driving—no jitters, more focus, and you can even take a nap as soon as you get where you’re going. I’ve taken Provigil, and Spike to me is very similar.


13 posted on 11/21/2012 6:36:42 PM PST by binreadin
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To: wastedyears

Try the Decaf version of “5 Hour Energy Drink”. That does wonders with half the caffeine of a decaf coffee. Otherwise, try strong white tea, prefferably “Silver Needles.”

Neither leaves you jittery. You can literally go to sleep an hour after the Decaf 5 Hour drink, but you have very vivid dreams.

Both mke your mind focus like a laser, though. Amazing stuff


14 posted on 11/21/2012 6:45:57 PM PST by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: binreadin

Interesting, thanks.
I’m retired, so my need for these is pretty minimal, LOL.


15 posted on 11/21/2012 6:49:44 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: BenLurkin

wonder if “it makes you an insufferable asshole” was tested for as a side effect. not referring to any posters here, btw, just cueing off the guys’ attitude in the story.


16 posted on 11/21/2012 7:20:31 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: South Hawthorne

Hey, that’s only $90 to $100/month.

When sleep disorder can cost you your job, it’s well worth it.

I started on CPAP in July, but this is something I’ll discuss w my Doc ASAP!


17 posted on 11/21/2012 8:24:45 PM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: BenLurkin
Personally I would look for an all natural alternative since I have a distrust of most Drs. and pharmiceutical companies. But hey, that’s just me I guess. I cringe at the thought of having to take any kind of medication!
18 posted on 11/21/2012 10:15:38 PM PST by ASouthernGrl (BHO sucks)
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To: BenLurkin

Ben,

Repeat after me... Expensive drugs and other therapies will not be allowed under ObamaCare. Patients expecting to be cared for will be sorely disappointed. I keep wondering to myself when the first aspect of patient care will be revealed, having been hidden in the miasma of regulations.


19 posted on 11/22/2012 3:10:29 AM PST by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: turfmann
What do you think - should the first dollars spent on Obamacare be to give every stupid Obama voter a lifetime Rx of this stuff?

They didn't say it makes you smarter - just more focused and energetic - probably a better bet to give it to Conservatives so they start making more focused plans and implement them with efficiency...

20 posted on 11/22/2012 3:40:03 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: BenLurkin

Burn brighter, burn shorter.


21 posted on 11/22/2012 5:22:51 AM PST by hopespringseternal
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To: BenLurkin

Sleep disorders screw with your FAA medical bigtime, I wonder if getting in this arena, and getting the drug for inhancement and getting a sleep disorder on your now Federalized Medical Records is a good idea with long haul truckers and their licenses etc.....


22 posted on 11/22/2012 5:35:25 AM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: martin_fierro

Thank you, you have my attention!


23 posted on 11/22/2012 11:12:15 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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