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Some reports say narcoleptic a have problems with memory, thinking, and attention. Does narcolepsy the condition itself cause these?

 Some reports say narcoleptic a have problems with memory, thinking, and attention. Does narcolepsy the condition itself cause these?

Not directly: Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder, and the intense episodes of drowsiness interfere with focus and concentration, with secondary cognitive issues which can reverse with effective therapy, such as modafanil, ritalin, (methylphenidate) or Nuvigil. ...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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Have narcolepsy & take provigil 1ce @730am for last 3 weeks. I didn't take over weekend. Took Mon am & haven't slept since. Prob w/ med or condition?

Trouble sleeping: Perhaps the medicine is too strong if you have narcolepsy and you have not slept in three days. What does 1ce mean? Normally provigil is a weak-acting medicine for narcolepsy. Be certain that a special day-time sleep study was used to make the diagnosis. You may find the medicine is too strong because the diagnosis is incorrect. Just a thought. ...Read more

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If you have symptoms of narcolepsy just once in a while, is that some other disorder?

If you have symptoms of narcolepsy just once in a while, is that some other disorder?

Can be: The symptoms associated with narcoelspy besides cataplexy are not specific so they can come and go related to other sleep issues. ...Read more

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Is it possible to find a md that will treat my narcolepsy w/o cataplexy for a low price? I'm w/o insurance and the condition is becoming debilitating.

Assistance Programs: If you don't have insurance contact your sleep physician clinic and see if they have some sort of a patient financial assistance program. Medications for narcolepsy can be very expensive. If you have a study-proven diagnosis of narcolepsy, then going to something such as http://www.Cephaloncares.Com/ for information on nuvigil, and filling out the forms can help with getting the medication. ...Read more

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Is narcolepsy known to be a genetic disorder?

Is narcolepsy known to be a genetic disorder?

Yes and no: In dogs narcolepsy is a genetic disorder. In humans the gene is not sufficient by itself to cause narcolepsy. Something else triggers it, so that only one of a pair of identical twins might have it. We do not know what triggers it, but it could be an infection that triggers an auto-immune response. ...Read more

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I'm a 24/f, I have been diagnosed with narcolepsy without cataplexy. My sleep study/mslt result were very rare. What do you know about this condition?

I'm a 24/f, I have been diagnosed with narcolepsy without cataplexy. My sleep study/mslt result were very rare. What do you know about this condition?

Need more info: Narcolepsy is a condition where wake and sleep states get mixed up. This leads to disrupted nocturnal sleep and intrusion of sleep during daytime leading to excessive daytime sleepiness. Cataplexy is phenomenon where certain muscles of the body become very weak. This is a state seen in rem sleep and ca intrude into wake state. Not all narcoleptics have cataplexy. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed as having narcolepsy almost 2 years ago. I have been to 2 neurologist and they aren't able to get my narcolepsy under control. I am on 2 different kinds of medicine for my condition. I had to quit my job due to this issue. So therefore i h

I was diagnosed as having narcolepsy almost 2 years ago. I have been to 2 neurologist and they aren't able to get my narcolepsy under control. I am on 2 different kinds of medicine for my condition. I had to quit my job due to this issue. So therefore i h

Narcolepsy: Narcolepsy as other diseases might be very straightforward to control or on the other hand might be hard to control. You did not mention if you also have cataplexy or just narcolepsy, then which symptoms, daytime sleepiness, fragmented night time sleep or cataplexy are hard to control. I suggest you see a sleep doctor. ...Read more

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28 what make my GP suspect either narcolepsy or a seizure disorder and refer me to a neurologist? Never had seizures unless they happen while asleep??

28 what make my GP suspect either narcolepsy or a seizure disorder and refer me to a neurologist? Never had seizures unless they happen while asleep??

Plesse repost: Please repost and include the answer your GP give to this question - I assume that since (s)he was the one who make the referral, you ask him/her why - or, if you did not ask your GP - since after all (s)he was the one who make the referral - why not. ...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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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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