Narcolepsy Treatment

Specific treatment will be determined by your physician based on:

  • Your age, overall health, and medical history
  • Extent of the disease
  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • Expectations for the course of the disease
  • Your opinion or preference

The goal of treatment of narcolepsy is for the patient to remain as alert as possible during the day and to minimize any recurring episodes of cataplexy, while using a minimal amount of medication.

  • Medications - excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy are treated separately, with central nervous system stimulants usually prescribed for EDS and tricyclic antidepressants for cataplexy
  • Nap Therapy - two or three short naps during the day to help control sleepiness and maintain alertness
  • Proper Diet
  • Regular Exercise 

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