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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. Al Hegab
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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 loss.com. If CPAP/BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension. ALSO FOCUS ON WEIGHT LOSS. TOPAMAX IS effective FOR. RLS AND WEIGHT LOSS. ...Read more

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I take ritalin 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 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 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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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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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