Life Insurance While Taking Modafinil or Provigil

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Modafinil and Provigil are commonly used to treat narcolepsy, sleep apnea and to help with focus. With that said, your rates for life insurance depend on the underlying issue you’re trying to treat. Actually taking this medication matters less than WHY you’re taking it. So that’s what should be addressed.

Life insurance rates will range from preferred all the way to declined based on the underlying issue and how well controlled that issue is.

In this article we’ll discuss the common underlying issues for people who are taking Modafinil Provigil and it’s application on life insurance underwriting. Check out more info on some of the best life insurance companies that you can get quotes from.

Modafinil for Focus

Recently there’s been a trend of people trying to use Modafinil and Provigil to help focus. Typically entrepreneurs, students and programmers are using it as a “smart drug”. You can easily ship it from foreign countries without a prescription.

A common use for Modifinil is to treat shift work sleep disorder. Which explains why a lot of people are using it to focus for a long period of time. Especially if Adderall isn’t working for them or has worn off.

So we’ll get a lot of people with ADD or ADHD as underlying issues to underwrite. In this case it all depends on your control of your a DD or ADHD. If you’re undiagnosed, the life insurance company will need a reason that you’re taking Modafinil of Provigil.

It’s important to tell your life insurance agent why you’re taking Modafinil so that we can properly “sell” you are risk to an underwriter for the best possible rates.

If your ADD, ADHD or other underlying focus reason is under control…meaning no depression, alcohol abuse, regular psychologist visits – you can get preferred rates. If it’s not under control or there’s other corresponding lifestyle or health issues, your life insurance can be more expensive and possibly be declined.

Again, just admit what the modafinil use it for and let a professional secure the best rates.

Modafinil For Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a rather common disorder where you can get preferred rates on your life insurance even with a CPAP. Using my Modafinil or Provigil is typically used as therapy for daytime sleepiness for obstructive sleep apnea.

Since you’re not sleeping very well, Modafinil is prescribed to help you get throughout your day and studies are showing it works very well however there haven’t been enough studies to show any effects on your sleep apnea and using a CPAP. Since Modafinil is used to treat the after effects, its yet to be seen (as far as our research) that it effects your sleep apnea.

With that said, If you need to take Modafinil, your sleep apnea isn’t as controlled as doctors would like it. So we’re seeing Standard rates as the best possible health classification for people taking Modafinil and have Sleep Apnea.

Standard is average – so that’s a good thing!

Note that chronic obstructive sleep apnea will get a below “Standard” (average) rating.  We have a lot of experience in securing life insurance with sleep apnea, so please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions.

Modafinil for Narcolepsy

Like the other risks we mention above, it all depends on the level of control of your Narcolepsy and what type of Narcolepsy you have.

As long as you can complete all your activities of daily living, we’d recommend going the no-medical exam life insurance route.

Many life insurance companies are sticklers with getting completed sleep studies. So if you haven’t had consistent sleep studies and one recently, you’re going to have a hard time getting a decision on your life insurance application.

Ask us about a “No Exam” life insurance policy.  There are several companies that will issue you coverage quickly and affordably who don’t ask anything about Narcolepsy.  This can be term life insurance or final expense burial life insurance.

Bottom Line for Life Insurance

If you’re taking Modafinil or Provigil, every situation will be different. It’s important to work with an independent life insurance agency that has worked with clients that take these medications. We know what questions to ask and what companies will look at your risk most favorably.  After all, we focus on helping those with special risks.

Applying to the wrong life insurance company can get you declined or paying more than you should for life insurance. We’ve seen this mental health “risk” many times before and know from experience what to look out for. We’ve even turned several Modafinil or Provigil declines from previous agencies who tried to get our clients coverage into approvals.

You can get life insurance at affordable rates and take Modafinil or Provigil. Just follow our advice in this article.

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