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Permanent cure for narcolepsy?

Permanent cure for narcolepsy?

Not yet: There are powerful medications available to make to symptoms of narcolepsy tolerable. A sleep specialist can help you. We hope in the near future to have hypocretin modifying medications available. Trials are currently underway. Ultimately, stem cell therapy may be the cure for the disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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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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Since I have a friend with narcolepsy. I became curious of you finally finding the cause. Knowing the cause, you can cure it permanently soon?

Since I have a friend with narcolepsy. I became curious of you finally finding the cause. Knowing the cause, you can cure it permanently soon?

There is no cure: for narcolepsy. The narcolepsy may be due to a deficiency in the production of Orexin. Once it appears, narcolepsy is present for life. The effective management of narcolepsy involves three specific strategies: 1. Pharmacological treatment. 2. Lifestyle adjustments. 3. Alternative medicine. ...Read more

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Who can administer a sleep test? What are the symptoms of narcolepsy? Is there a cure for chronic sleep paralysis? Where can I get it treated (US/UK)?

Who can administer a sleep test? What are the symptoms of narcolepsy? Is there a cure for chronic sleep paralysis? Where can I get it treated (US/UK)?

MSLT: A polysomnogram (overnight sleep test) followed by an MSLT (multiple sleep latency test) is reasonable to rule out sleep apnea and narcolepsy. There are effective treatments for both conditions including pharmacotherapy for narcolepsy. Although any physician may order these tests it would be wise to see a sleep physician. ...Read more

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Is narcolepsy real?

Is narcolepsy real?

Absolutely : Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes excessive sleepiness and frequent daytime sleep attacks.Narcolepsy is a nervous system disorder. It is caused by a hypocretin deficiency in the hypothalamus. Symptoms include sleepiness, hallucinations, paralysis when laughing. The treatment of narcolepsy has much improved in the last decade. ...Read more

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Is narcolepsy inherited?

Is narcolepsy inherited?

Yes: Up to 10% of narcolepsy patients have family members with the illness. Twins have an even higher chance of both having the illness. ...Read more

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Is narcolepsy a disability?

Is narcolepsy a disability?

Not usually : Usually we can control daytime sleepiness and cataplexy with meds. Most narcoleptics don't need disability. ...Read more

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What can be done for narcolepsy?

What can be done for narcolepsy?

A lot: There are powerful medications available to make to symptoms of narcolepsy tolerable. A sleep specialist can help you. We hope in the near future to have hypocretin modifying medications available. Trials are currently underway. Ultimately, stem cell therapy may be the cure for the disease. ...Read more

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