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If I want to be in the military, will I have to find a treatment for my narcolepsy?

If I want to be in the military, will I have to find a treatment for my narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy: While there are treatments for narcolepsy, the disease process may make you non-deployable. This would have to be evaluated by your sleep md and the military physician.

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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Narcolepsy (Definition)

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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Are there any herbal alternatives for narcolepsy treatment?

Are there any herbal alternatives for narcolepsy treatment?

Some: Narcolepsy is an issue with a brain chemical that controls degree of wakefulness and control on timing of wakefulness. So herbs (caffeine and noncaffeine) products that work through a different system (often adenosine) can be helpful t keep awake during day. Also behavior for short napping helps. Food metabolism also affects, specifically gluten has been.

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What are the key symptoms of narcolepsy and his most common social/work related consequences in an adult without treatment?

Daytime drowsiness &: Falling asleep during the day. See http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001805/ for causes, diagnostic procedures & treatments. Having a bmi of 30 or above, in the " obese" range, markedly increases risk of sleep apnea, but can be genetic. Other sleep disorders & seizure disorders are included in the list of causes. The impacts include decreased work performance & increased auto accidents.

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Was lobotomy ever done as a treatment for Narcolepsy? I was born in 1995 in PA. Diagnosed when I was 5-7. Concerned about if I ever had it done to me.

Was lobotomy ever done as a treatment for Narcolepsy? I was born in 1995 in PA. Diagnosed when I was 5-7. Concerned about if I ever had it done to me.

Would not worry: Yes, Lobotomies were frequent in the early to mid 19th century for a range of conditions that included narcolepsy - these procedures largely went away around the early 1960s in the United States. As a result, it is not likely that you were exposed to this procedure having been born in 1995 and diagnosed around 2000.

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What is the best treatment to get all the right amount of sleep cycles at night for person with narcolepsy? I feel like I am stuck dreaming too.

What is the best treatment to get all the right amount of sleep cycles at night for person with narcolepsy? I feel like I am stuck dreaming too.

Lifestyle changes: Amphetamines and similar medicines can be very helpful short term. Long term there is no substitute for a lot of hard work with a sleep specialist to re-examine all aspects of your daily life...diet, exercise, mental health, work...and try to better allign your natural physiological processes. Starting with an academic based center specializing in sleep issues is a good idea.

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What are the treatments for narcolepsy?

What are the treatments for narcolepsy?

Meds and behaviors: A number of medications are approved for treatment. Also behavioral therapy can be very important including naps and slep hygiene. For list of medications and more information about them look at narolepsy network.

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for trichomanosis?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for trichomanosis?

No - See a Doctor: No, you need Flagel Pills for the most effective treatment. See your Doctor or the Health Department - you should have a full STD screening if you have been exposed to any STD.

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What is an over-the-counter treatment for psoriasis?

What is an over-the-counter treatment for psoriasis?

PSORIASIS: Over the counter rx are: emolients, salicylic acid, coal tar ointments, solution or shampoos.

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What is good over-the-counter treatment for psoriasis?

What is good over-the-counter treatment for psoriasis?

No such animal.: Unless you have very, very mild psoriasis - which might respond to Hydrocortisone cream - nothing available over the counter in the us is going to make much of a dent in your psoriasis. Sorry, but I've been doing this for 30 years and have yet to see an otc product work, other than skin cap, which turned out to have an illegal steroid in it. See a dermatologist; don't waste money on otc treatments.

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for gastroparesis?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for gastroparesis?

Diet: Diet is the only non prescription treatment for gastroparesis. Low fat, low residue diet is recommended. Small frequent meals are also advised.

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for cholesteatoma?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for cholesteatoma?

Not recommended: I personally would not recommend otc treatment for this condition. See an ent.

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Is there any over-the-counter treatment for allergic pupura?

Is there any over-the-counter treatment for allergic pupura?

Purpura: Purpura is under the skin is not something that is treated with anti allergy meds. You need to remove the offending agent. Did you mean hives maybe?

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for addison's disease?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for addison's disease?

No, don't skip meds: Addison's disease is serious; represents adrenal failure (lack of glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids & sex hormones.) without these important hormones you have trouble with glucose metabolism, stress, severe fatigue, sodium & potassium balance, immune response, sexual development, sex drive. It's important to know why the adrenals are not functioning. Meds are prescription & taken for life.

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for asperger's syndrome?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for asperger's syndrome?

Maybe: While controversial, some parents swear that their child with some form of pervasive developmental disorder, respond favorable to dmg, or di-methyl glycine, which is over the counter at health food stores.

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Please describe a good over-the-counter treatment for psoriasis?

Please describe a good over-the-counter treatment for psoriasis?

Cortisone creams: Options are very limited. Cortisone creams can help but if the disease is more than very mild you should see a dermatologist.

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for cholecystitis mild symptoms?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for cholecystitis mild symptoms?

No good one: You're best option is to lose weight and avoid foods that are high in fat content. No dairy, nothing fried. If you still have symptoms, you may actually be beyond salvage and will only be remedied with surgery.