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A 41-year-old female asked:

my husband is diagnosed with narcolepsy is there cure or medication for him?

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Dr. Philip Miller
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Yes: however he will require a physical exam, blood/urine testing and a polysomnogram ( sleep study ).

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Is narcolepsy inherited?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Yes: Up to 10% of narcolepsy patients have family members with the illness. Twins have an even higher chance of both having the illness.
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Cells in your blood system have markers on them call HLA, which allows the immune system to identify them. These markers can be passed along in families. 90% of people with narcolepsy have one specific HLA marker (HLA-DQB1*0602). However, simply having the marker is not enough to cause narcolepsy, as there seems to be some other biological event that leads to the condition.
Feb 7, 2012
Dr. Marcel Hungs
Neurology 26 years experience
Most cases of narcolepsy are not inherited
Sep 9, 2012
A 32-year-old member asked:

Which type of medication is used to treat narcolepsy?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Wake & Sleep: Narcolepsy is a dysfunction of both sleep and wake. Thus medicatinos are used to help induce and improve sleep patterns (one of these is known as xyrem) and also medications are needed to help keep patients awake/vigil during the day (provigil, nuvigil, amphetamines, etc). Many times patients are only treated for their daytime symptoms rather than for both.
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A 26-year-old member asked:

Can you develop narcolepsy after age 40?

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Dr. R Sangal
Dr. R Sangalanswered
Sleep Medicine 43 years experience
Yes, you can.: Yes, you can. Although narcolepsy most often begins early in life (teens and 20's), it can begin at any age including in young children and in midde-aged or older people. It causes daytime sleepiness. However, with daytime sleepiness beginning in the 40s, other causes including insufficient sleep and sleep apnea must be considered.
Dr. David Duhon
Dr. David Duhon commented
Sleep Medicine 35 years experience
It can, but onset of excessive sleepiness in middle age is far more likely to be due to another sleep disorder. Sometimes narcoleptics don't realize that they are excesively sleepy until a change in occupation or lifestyle forces them to sit down and concentrate during the day.
Feb 10, 2012
A member asked:

What do you recommend for narcolepsy?

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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
See your doctor: Narcolepsy is a chronic disorder which results in excessive daytime sleepiness, vivid dreams, sleep paralysis, and poor sleep. It occurs in 1 in 2, 000 people. If you think you have narcolepsy, see your doctor. You may need a referral to a sleep center to have tests performed. These tests would distinguish between narcolepsy and other sleep problems.
A 33-year-old male asked:

Are there different types of narcolepsy?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Yes, but see below: There are genetic forms, and also reported, are post-traumatic forms. Some pts just possess the sleep attacks, others have additional cataplexy, and may or may not have sleep paralysis, and vivid dreams. Sleep disorders are, however, complex, and often a sleep study reveals the full answers.

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