Therapy And Cure for Nacrolepsy

Therapies for narcolepsy involve the practice of getting sufficient sleep each night, proper sleep hygiene practices, and drug therapy.

Proper sleep hygiene, including a consistent sleep schedule and the avoidance of shift work and alcohol, is especially important for people who have narcolepsy. Methylphenidate and dextroamphetamine are known to cause hypertension.

Headache, usually related to dose size, is a common side effect of modafinil. This side effect occurs in up to 5% of patients. Pemoline poses a very low but noticeable risk for liver complication.

The FDA has approved two drugs specifically for the treatment of narcolepsy. They are now the first-line treatments:

Modafinil (Provigil): For excessive, uncontrollable, daytime sleepiness
Sodium oxybate (Xyrem): For cataplexy

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