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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Cataplexy (Definition)

The syndrome of narcolepsy, which causes daytime sleep attacks, may be associated with episodes of complete temporary loss of muscular tone, associated with intense emotions, such as crying or laughing. The pt may collapse to the ground, but does not go unconscious. This seems to be a ...Read more


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Are there good jobs for people with narcolepsy and cataplexy?

Are there good jobs for people with narcolepsy and cataplexy?

Great Question!: What a great query. Patients with narcolepsy/cataplexy usually have to seek jobs with very flexible schedules. Many of these patients require naps or rest during the day and an understanding employer. This really means that narcolepsy patients can do any job but must have flexibility! ...Read more

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Are there good alternative therapies for cataplexy?

Are there good alternative therapies for cataplexy?

Alt to tx cataplexy: I have had luck with biofeedback and hypnosis in treatment of my patients. Sleep hygiene and avoiding excessive sleepiness through medications and scheduled naps can be helpful in some patients. ...Read more

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Severe narcolepsy (no cataplexy) and recent findings of pmdd not mdd. Stims help but lose effectiveness. Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) dn work. Super fit but bad apathy?

Severe narcolepsy (no cataplexy) and recent findings of pmdd not mdd. Stims help but lose effectiveness. Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) dn work. Super fit but bad apathy?

Unusual?? Hmm!: Unusual for the meds used in narcolepsy to develop tolerance or tachyphylaxis, and much of what you describe involves psychiatric symptomatology. Believe you should first see a psychiatrist, and also, get an overnight sleep study. I am not convinced that your diagnosis is complete. ...Read more

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How can I treat cataplexy?

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Cataplexy: Medications such as Xyrem & Antdepressants.

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What is the definition or description of: cataplexy?

Narcolepsy: The syndrome of narcolepsy, which causes daytime sleep attacks, may be associated with episodes of complete temporary loss of muscular tone, associated with intense emotions, such as crying or laughing. The pt may collapse to the ground, but does not go unconscious. This seems to be a daytime rem sleep-like situation. ...Read more

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Is the medication xyrem available in australia?

Yes.: This is a regulated or controlled substance, but it is available by prescription in australia. ...Read more

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Is Suboxone and xyrem a safe combo?

Is Suboxone and xyrem a safe combo?

Not safe: Xyrem (sodium oxybate) is a prescription medication for narcolepsy. It can cause drowsiness, confusion, depression, and other nervous system or mental effects. Using it together with suboxone(buprenorphine) can increase these effects. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of xyrem?

What are the side effects of xyrem?

Xyrem: Common side effects are; headache, nausea/vomiting, dizziness, pain, sleepiness, pharyngitis, infection, flu symptoms, confusion, to name a few. More serious reactions would include; respiratory depression, CNS depression, abuse potential, psychosis, hallucinations, to name a few. ...Read more