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Old 24-09-2006, 02:23   #16
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I found the article. It's not Provigil. The article calls Provigil "today's wake-up drug of choice." The drug is called (for now....) CX717. The article ends with "best of all, there were no lingering side effects."

The word LINGERING does give one pause....

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Old 24-09-2006, 02:42   #17
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yes. One man's "lingering" might be another man's space out.

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Interesting about the new CX717. Wikipedia has articles about this one as well as the Provigil, which has been around for a while. Here is an excerpt about Provigil:
The French government indicated that the Foreign Legion used modafinil during certain covert operations. Modafinil has reportedly been investigated by the United States military for use by its soldiers. One study on helicopter pilots suggested that 600 mg of modafinil given in three doses can be used to keep pilots alert with only 8 hours of sleep in an 88 hour period. Another study on fighter pilots showed that 300 mg modafinil given in three divided 100-mg doses sustained the flight control accuracy of sleep-deprived F-117 pilots to within about 27 percent of baseline levels.

It's unclear what the long-term effects on the brain would be from this sort of sleep deprivation, especially for people in as high-stress an environment as combat.

Again, I've not tried it, and have no plans to do so. Still, in an emergency...

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I remember very clearly that there was an investigation into a "friendly fire" accident during the Gulf War. IIRC US jets attacked a Canadian ground position with four deaths on the ground, and the investigation brought out questions about "uppers" being used by the US forces. I don't recall if it was a conventional methamphetamine or one of these new drugs, only that it was blamed on fatigue errors and the issue of military issued uppers was part of it.

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