Modafinil - Medical Considerations for use in Sustained Operations

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Authors
  1. Buguet, A.
  2. Moroz, D.E.
  3. Radomski, M.W.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Modafinil is a new stimulant, which has been thought to serve as a countermeasure for alertness and performance decrements due to sleep deprivation, especially in military operational conditions. The authors review the effects of modafinil under sedentary conditions and simulated operational-like environments. They propose a doctrine for the use of modafinil and nap strategies in military missions involving sleep deprivation. In brief, for missions shorter than 40 hours, the use of modafinil is preferable to napping strategies. The authors identify the hyperthermic-inducing effects of modafinil, and recommend that this be taken into account in any missions conducted in hot environments. For longer missions, nap strategies should be considered, along with the potential concomitant use of modafinil to help maintain performance levels. Furthermore, individual sensitivity to the adverse reactions to the drug should be tested before any mission of a sustained nature.

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Keywords
Hyperthermia;Modafinil;Sustained operations;Sleep management
Report Number
DCIEM-SL-2001-158 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Jun 2003
Number of Pages
7
DSTKIM No
CA023719
CANDIS No
521101
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Hardcopy;CD ROM;Electronic Document(PDF)

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