'Smart' pill to keep IAF pilots awake

Fatigue has been a problem among pilots involved in long duration flights which sometimes makes them commit errors that can be hazardous, especially during combat operations.
“Sleep deprivation and resultant fatigue have been attributed as the biggest danger to the success of any mission. That is why we opted to go for a drug named Modafinil which is popular as ‘Go Pill,’ ” Major General Mandeep Singh, ADG, Medical Research, Armed Forces Medical Services, said.

The pill has already been tried by US pilots and it has proven to enhance their performance in long duration operations lasting for over 37 hours, he said. The drug works on the central nervous system and promotes hyper-focus and alertness.  “It has been found to be efficacious in sustaining performance during periods of sleep deprivation,  with  no side effects.

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