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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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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