Q. I am always extremely tired and sleepy, and have short-term memory loss. Can I take Modafinil?

Answered by
Dr. Anshuman Srivastava
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on May 07, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hello doctor,

I am 34 years old mom of a 5 year old. I am excessively tired and have a need to sleep at all times. I had CBC done, and my eosinophils are high, and my MPV is low, but everything else came back fine. My body aches, and I feel horrible. I have bruises that appear out of nowhere all over my legs and even my buttocks and my skin itches. I also have about 10 to 11 red dots on my skin that look like someone took a red pen and put a dot on me. I am also suffering from short-term memory loss and sometimes confusion. My doctor put me on a medicine called Modafinil 100 mg, yesterday. I have not taken it yet. I am also taking Klonopin, Prozac, and Buspar for about eight years or longer since getting out of the Marines. Please help me figure out what I should do next. Should I consult a hematologist or an oncologist? Should I be worried? 

Dr. Anshuman Srivastava

General Medicine Internal Medicine
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • The symptoms which you described are suggestive of hematological disorder, which can explain both easy fatigability and bruises.
  • You need to get your coagulation profile tested, and peripheral smear for any abnormal cell. Get ANA (antinuclear antibody) and CRP (C-reactive protein) tested, if they are normal, then you are unlikely to be suffering from any serious disease.
  • Your hemoglobin is fine, eosinophils are only slightly raised so it is not of much concern.
  • You are unlikely to have any heart problem, as you have undergone five pregnancies. If heart problem would have been there, then it would have manifested earlier also.
  • As your current medication goes, they all come under the antianxiety and antidepressant category. So, I think you are too much worried about your health condition, which is leading to all these nonspecific symptoms.
  • Please relax and follow-up with me with these reports. I am sure they are going to be normal, and you will be perfectly alright. You can have Modafinil for memory loss, it will help.

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