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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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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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What are the symptoms of cataplexy?

What are the symptoms of cataplexy?

Cataplexy: Loss of muscle tone can present with sagging jaw, arm weakness, slumping shoulders, drooping head, slurred speech, generalized weakness. ...Read more

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Would like to buy xyrem ?

Prescription: Xyrem is a prescription medication; you will need to have a doctor evaluate you to see if it is indicated, then he can write for it. ...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

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Can people with cataplexy have normal sex life?

Can people with cataplexy have normal sex life?

Seems likely: Cataplexy is a sleep disorder syndrome, and does not affect sexual activity directly, so there should be no issue here. However, if there is indeed a problem or the episodes cause too much disruption, a sleep specialist can readily use medications to control most if not all attacks. ...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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Is it same to take amphetamines for 18 years if you've been taking them for cataplexy?

Is it same to take amphetamines for 18 years if you've been taking them for cataplexy?

Amphetamines in narc: I'm not sure if i understant the question. Unlike in adhd, amphetamines used for narcolepsy should not be taken intermittently or with holidays. These can be somewhat helpful for cataplexy but there are better anti-cataplectic medications that do not have the side effects. Amphetamines are used in narcolepsy primarily to combat the sleepiness with the added benefit of anticataplexy. ...Read more

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If, after taking xyrem for months, a patient tends to get the "munchies" & feel the urge to pace, should the dose likely be increased or decreased?

If, after taking xyrem for months, a patient tends to get the "munchies" & feel the urge to pace, should the dose likely be increased or decreased?

Xyrem and "munchies": If you increase the dose furhter you would have more side efeects, so be cautious. Best person to talk to is your doctor as he/she knows you best. ...Read more

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I have been taking modafinil for.narcolepsy with cataplexy for about 5 yrs now. I take 200mg x twice daily buy they aren't effective like before. Help?

I have been taking modafinil for.narcolepsy with cataplexy for about 5 yrs now. I take 200mg x twice daily buy they aren't effective like before. Help?

See your specialist: If modafinil is no longer effective you should see your doctor to reevaluate your therapy. You may need modification of your dosing or changes in therapeutic approach, depending on what aspects of your case are not being addressed. ...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 are the signs of cataplexy?

SLEEP DISORDER: Narcolepsy and cataplexy are very much associated. There are daytime irresistable sleep attacks, florid nitemares, and sleep paralysis on awakening. The cataplexy involves a sudden loss of muscle tone and collapse with intense emotions, such as crying or laughing. Sleep studies can help confirm a diagnosis. Treatment can be very successful. ...Read more

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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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New onset cataplexy attacks. What are the next steps?

New onset cataplexy attacks. What are the next steps?

See your doctor: Cataplexy is the sudden loss of muscle tone often triggered by strong emotions such as laughter, surprise, crying. It is a condition associated with narcolepsy. Cataplexy attacks can be mistaken for seizures. If you are having these types of spells, see your doctor and let them know your concerns. Treatment is available to help lessen the symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Cataplexy attacks?

What is the definition or description of: Cataplexy attacks?

Cataplexy attacks: Cataplexy attacks = sudden onset but brief bouts of marked muscle weakness which can cause someone to collapse. These may be related to narcolepsy or strong emotions. ...Read more

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How long after first episode of narcolepsy appear cataplexy?

How long after first episode of narcolepsy appear cataplexy?

Depends: Approximately 30% of narcoleptics do not experience cataplexy, making the diagnosis of narcolepsy a bit more difficult. Have you seen a neurology sleep specialist and undergone a sleep study? If not, see your physician in order to discuss your symptoms. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/narcolepsy/detail_narcolepsy.htm , http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/slpst/ ...Read more

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Where can I go to seek affordable help for narcelemspy with cataplexy?

Possibly Cleveland: Looking at your location, you are not too far from cleveland. The cleveland clinic has a sleep disorders center, where you could be evaluated for narcolepsy and cataplexy. I don't know how affordable they are, but you could call them to discuss this issue. There may also be doctors closer to you. ...Read more

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What types of employment would a person that suffers from narcolepsy and cataplexy apply for?

Almost Anything : A patient with narcolepsy can do anything they want. There are a few reasonable restrictions: operating heavy maschines, professional driving, operating an airplane, surveillance jobs... ...Read more

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