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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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Can you develop narcolepsy after age 40?

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. ...Read more

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I have several symptoms of narcolepsy, do I just go to a regular dr. To treat it?

Nonspecific: The symptoms can be very nonspecific. It would be important to rule out the "mimicers" of narcolepsy with medical tests and screening questionnaires. If there are more specific signs like cataplexy, a regular internist or gp may not feel comfortable diagnosing and managing. Specialist may be recommended. See pcp first if this has never been done and see what recommendatoin is re: specialist. ...Read more

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My sister says she has narcolepsy. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has narcolepsy. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Yes: Narcolepsy is a genetic abnormality and can occur in multiple family members although many single isolated cases also occur. Symptoms generally begin in adolescence. There are tests that can be done to see if you have the genetic susceptibility to narcolepsy, but they don't necessarily indicate you have the condition. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for narcolepsy?

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. ...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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Which medications work best for narcolepsy?

Which medications work best for narcolepsy?

Two Meds: The two main medications used today to treat narcolepsy include xyrem (sodium oxybate) which is very helpful for treating cataplexy and excessive day time sleepiness and nuvigil/provigil which is used to promote wakefullness. The current "standard of care" is to give these medications together (xyrem at night and Nuvigil by day. Other medications are used but these are the current standard. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get narcolepsy?

How common is it for somebody to get narcolepsy?

It depends: The answer depends on what population you are talking about. In the us, narcolepsy is estimated to affect 1 in 2000 people. It is much more common in japan, very rare in israel. ...Read more

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