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Narcolepsy

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes severe sleepiness and frequent sudden daytime attacks of sleep. Narcolepsy can cause you to fall asleep at any time but can keep you from sleeping well at night. You do not get enough sleep in a 24-hour period. The cause of narcolepsy is not known.

What are the signs and symptoms of narcolepsy?

How is narcolepsy diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and examine you. Tell him or her about your sleep history and what triggers your sleep attacks.

How is narcolepsy treated?

Narcolepsy is a long-term condition. The goal of treatment is to decrease your symptoms and increase your quality of life. Medicines may help keep you awake during the day or help decrease your symptoms.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my symptoms?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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