Mental health disorders

Narcolepsy

About Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that causes people to have excessive sleepiness and sudden attacks of sleep during the daytime. Researchers don't know exactly what causes narcolepsy, but it has to do with the balance of chemicals in your brain, and it can run in families.

Symptoms of Narcolepsy
  • Extreme daytime sleepiness, including sudden attacks of sleep
  • Cataplexy: Sudden, temporary muscle weakness or paralysis caused by strong emotions like anger, laughter, and surprise
  • Hallucinations while you fall asleep or wake up
  • Sleep paralysis, or the inability to move while you fall asleep or wake up

Top Medications for Narcolepsy according to our users

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Stimulant

  • Adderall
    (Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine)
    Prescription only

    Adderall (Dextroamphetamine / Amphetamine) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD that's available as a generic, but it's a stimulant, so it can cause insomnia and other side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Dexedrine
    (Dextroamphetamine)
    Prescription only

    Dexedrine (Dextroamphetamine) is an effective and cheap medication used to treat ADHD, but it can be habit-forming and is not used for long-term treatment.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Liquid
  • Nuvigil
    (Armodafinil)
    Prescription only

    Nuvigil (Armodafinil) is effective in improving alertness, but it can interact with other medications and shouldn't be used long-term.

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Provigil
    (Modafinil)
    Prescription only

    Provigil (Modafinil) is effective in improving alertness, but it can interact with other medicines and shouldn't be used long-term.

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Ritalin
    (Methylphenidate)
    Prescription only

    Concerta (Methylphenidate) is a first-choice treatment for ADHD. It comes in many different forms and is also available as a generic. That said, the immediate-release form needs to be taken more frequently than other alternatives.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Chewable tablet
    • Oral solution
    • Liquid
    • Patch

Medication side effects for Narcolepsy

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for agitation.

  • Nuvigil: 1%
0 of 100

At this end, no one is expected to have agitation

100 of 100

At this end, almost everyone is expected to have agitation

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Narcolepsy

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Find your 'support' person for help w grocery, driving and such. For now, focus on accepting this new you ~ same heart & soul; just sleepier!! Xo
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