Eugeroic is a term used to describe drugs that promote wakefulness and alertness. These drugs are also known as wakefulness-promoting agents or arousal-promoting agents. Eugeroics work by increasing the levels of certain neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and norepinephrine, in the brain. This leads to increased wakefulness, alertness, and concentration.
Examples of eugeroics include modafinil, armodafinil, and adrafinil. These drugs are used to treat excessive sleepiness associated with narcolepsy, shift work sleep disorder, and obstructive sleep apnea. They are also used off-label for various other purposes, such as improving cognitive performance and combating fatigue.
It is important to note that eugeroics are prescription drugs and should only be used under the supervision of a doctor. They can have side effects and interact with other medications, and their long-term safety and efficacy have not been fully established.