Jet Lag Drug Allows Travelers Be at 'Top of Game'

"As a rule, I don't agree with taking something that is not natural to the body," said Andrea Fazzari, a portrait photographer in her early 30s who estimates that she only spends 10 days a month at her Manhattan home. The rest of her time she's traveling the world for her work.

"I actually do rather well with jet lag; I've learned to control it," she said. "Besides trying to sleep as best I can on my international flights, and not napping as soon as I arrive somewhere, unless it is already night of course."

She relies on a homeopathic product called Jetzone, an herbal concoction made of flower essences that is available from Whole Foods, to ease the jet lag.

Before travelers consider Nuvigil, they should avoid light at the wrong time of the day, sleep and exercise to accelerate adaptation to a new time zone, according to Dr. Phyllis Zee, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

The drug only addresses the symptom of sleepiness and not the underlying circadian misalignment, she told

However, for those who cannot function because of severe get lag, Nuvigil is a "step forward," said Zee, who did not participate in the study, but sits on an advisory board for Cephalon.

Meanwhile, Miller is headed for Seattle, Houston and San Diego on Jan. 22, then on to Hawaii, Las Vegas and London.

"I haven't asked for a prescription [of Nuvigil] because it isn't officially approved and I haven't been to the doctor for awhile," he said. "But next time I visit, I intend to ask for one."

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