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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Narcolepsy

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Are there any herbal alternatives for narcolepsy treatment?

Are there any herbal alternatives for narcolepsy treatment?

Some: Narcolepsy is an issue with a brain chemical that controls degree of wakefulness and control on timing of wakefulness. So herbs (caffeine and noncaffeine) products that work through a different system (often adenosine) can be helpful t keep awake during day. Also behavior for short napping helps. Food metabolism also affects, specifically gluten has been. ...Read more

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Narcolepsy (Definition)

Narcolepsy is a condition characterized by extreme sleepiness every few hours during the day and frequent, unexpected sleep attacks. This sleep disorder is believed to be caused by a decrease in a protein in the brain. There is no cure for narcolepsy, but its ...Read more


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If I want to be in the military, will I have to find a treatment for my narcolepsy?

If I want to be in the military, will I have to find a treatment for my narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy : While there are treatments for narcolepsy, the disease process may make you non-deployable. This would have to be evaluated by your sleep md and the military physician. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for narcolepsy?

What are the treatments for narcolepsy?

Meds and behaviors: A number of medications are approved for treatment. Also behavioral therapy can be very important including naps and slep hygiene. For list of medications and more information about them look at narolepsy network. ...Read more

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What are the key symptoms of narcolepsy and his most common social/work related consequences in an adult without treatment?

Daytime drowsiness &: Falling asleep during the day. See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001805/ for causes, diagnostic procedures & treatments. Having a bmi of 30 or above, in the " obese" range, markedly increases risk of sleep apnea, but can be genetic. Other sleep disorders & seizure disorders are included in the list of causes. The impacts include decreased work performance & increased auto accidents. ...Read more

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Was lobotomy ever done as a treatment for Narcolepsy? I was born in 1995 in PA. Diagnosed when I was 5-7. Concerned about if I ever had it done to me.

Was lobotomy ever done as a treatment for Narcolepsy? I was born in 1995 in PA. Diagnosed when I was 5-7. Concerned about if I ever had it done to me.

Would not worry : Yes, Lobotomies were frequent in the early to mid 19th century for a range of conditions that included narcolepsy - these procedures largely went away around the early 1960s in the United States. As a result, it is not likely that you were exposed to this procedure having been born in 1995 and diagnosed around 2000. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment to get all the right amount of sleep cycles at night for person with narcolepsy? I feel like I am stuck dreaming too.

What is the best treatment to get all the right amount of sleep cycles at night for person with narcolepsy? I feel like I am stuck dreaming too.

Lifestyle changes: amphetamines and similar medicines can be very helpful short term. Long term there is no substitute for a lot of hard work with a sleep specialist to re-examine all aspects of your daily life...diet, exercise, mental health, work...and try to better allign your natural physiological processes. Starting with an academic based center specializing in sleep issues is a good idea. ...Read more

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40 year-old white woman with narcolepsy and cataplexy since childhood, plus migraines, still searching for an effective treatment.....?

40 year-old white woman with narcolepsy and cataplexy since childhood, plus migraines, still searching for an effective treatment.....?

Please repost: Please repost your question with an explanation of what you mean by "effective" treatment. What is "ineffective" about the current treatment regimen? Bearing in mind that both conditions are hereditary (though the genetics are complex) and the only REALLY effective treatment is to make a better choice of parents. ...Read more

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Any alternative treatments for galactosemia?

Any alternative treatments for galactosemia?

No!: Galactosemia cannot be cured. But, you can take steps to prevent or minimize galactosemia symptoms and complications. The treatment is the strict avoidance of all sources of galactose. The most common source is lactose, which is the milk sugar that breaks down to galactose and glucose. Avoid: milk or milk by-products, fermented soy products, legumes, organ meats, & hydrolyzed protein. ...Read more

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Are there alternative treatments for reflux?

Are there alternative treatments for reflux?

GERD treatments: Lifestyle changes such as avoiding trigger foods, caffeine, chocolate, tomato sauces. Weight loss. Tilting beds up with blocks underneath, avoiding tight clothes, etc. ...Read more