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Doctor insights on: Xyrem Cataplexy

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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 I use xyrem for my chronic insomnia?

Can I use xyrem for my chronic insomnia?

I wouldn't recommend: Very little evidence exists supporting xyrem for pure insomnia. The potential side effects can be significant. It is only approved for use in narcolepsy and without an approved indication could cost you over $5, 000 each month. ...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 possible to be on xyrem for insomnia. if so what are your results?

Is it possible to be on xyrem for insomnia. if so what are your results?

Yes: In recent years several new medications have been developed and approved specifically for treating the symptoms of narcolepsy. Xyren more recently has also gained approval for treating sleepiness in other disorders such as sleep apnea a & shift work sleep disorder. In most cases Xyrem is well tolerated and absent of side effects. The reported side effects can occur but the incidence is small. Most often side effects of incontinence, sleep walking and nausea will disappear with continued treatment. If side effects persist a patient may have to weigh the pros and cons of continued use. - See more at: http://www.talkaboutsleep.com/xyrem-some-questions-and-misperceptions/#sthash.eXykLIzA.dpuf ...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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