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Study Drugs

We recognise that a number of students use what are known as study drugs – we wish to make students aware that new guidance & safety data has been published by the Commission on Human Medicine (CHM European) and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency ( MHRA Uk) in relation to

Modafinil ( Provigil)

This is a medication prescribed in the UK for excessive sleepiness/ narcolepsy – if you are prescribed by a GP they will have informed you of these changes in guidance BUT we are aware that students purchase this drug on line as a ‘study drug’

The new guidance is:

Modafinil may reduce the effectiveness of some hormonal contraceptives, including oral contraception, therefore alternative or additional methods of contraception should be used if you use Modafinil.

It also has potential risks in relation to congenital malformations in pregnancy so should not be used if you think you may be pregnant.

Please seek further medical advice and support if you require contraceptive advice or think you may be pregnant.