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Is it possible for people with narcolepsy to lose weight? If so then is the weight loss as fast as normal people?

Is it possible for people with narcolepsy to lose weight? If so then is the weight loss as fast as normal people?

Yes: While some people with narcolepsy can have a problem being overweight, they should not have much more problem losing weight compared to those without the condition. Because narcolepsy can make you very sleepy and tired, there can be a problem having enough time or energy to exercise. As with anyone else, a healthy diet can help. See your doctor if you have specific concerns. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I have narcolepsy, was taking concerta then stopped for 2mths and gained a lot of weight, started back on provigil, will it help me lose some weight?

I have narcolepsy, was taking concerta then stopped for 2mths and gained a lot of weight, started back on provigil, will it help me lose some weight?

Wieght Neutral: Though loss/reduced appetite has been reported with Provigil studies do not show much changes in weight. But since it improves wakefulness, thus increase physical activity while awake helps with weight loss . Also reduce overall caloric intake, reduce portion size, increase veggies/fruits intake. Report any anxiety, depression, rash . Take care. ...Read more

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I have narcolepsy, cataplexy, sleep apnea, and depression and i weigh right at 300 pounds i can not seem to lose any weight any advice would be great?

I have narcolepsy, cataplexy, sleep apnea, and depression and i weigh right at 300 pounds i can not seem to lose any weight any advice would be great?

FATIGUE WITH OSA: Provigil is cheaper and better tolerated than Nuvigil .Also adderal/Ritalin/Starttera can help. Start a gluten free diet Wholeapproach.com gut bliss.com. If CPAP/BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension. ALSO FOCUS ON WEIGHT LOSS. TOPAMAX (topiramate) IS effective FOR. RLS AND WEIGHT LOSS. ...Read more

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I take ritalin (methylphenidate) 20mg 3times/day for narcolepsy and i've noticed that i lose track of time too much. Will a higher dosage help? If not what could?

I take ritalin (methylphenidate) 20mg 3times/day for narcolepsy  and i've noticed that i lose track of time too much.  Will a higher dosage help?  If not what could?

Not possible 2 say: You have to go back and discuss your treatment with the doctor who prescribed it to you. Be safe, don't increase your treatment on your own. Thank you. ...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?

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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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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Does narcolepsy affect a person's personality?

Does narcolepsy affect a person's personality?

Not known to: Narcolepsy causes acute onset of drowsiness and sleep. There are medications that can help. It is not known to cause personality changes. It is a major inconvenience and problems may result from that. All the best. ...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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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