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About Narcolepsy

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Narcolepsy is a medical condition in which patients are sleepy during the day and often are overwhelmingly unable to stay awake. Patients with narcolepsy find themselves suddenly asleep, even in situations when it would normally be nearly impossible to fall asleep. Although there is no cure for narcolepsy, you can read more about this condition from the Mayo Clinic and talk to your doctor about treatment options.

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There are a number of medications that may be able to help you, even if your narcolepsy doesn't go away completely. However, it is important to make sure they are safe. Recently, the Dextroamphetamine Sulfate Tablets recall affected a number of narcolepsy patients who were taking this drug, which you can read about. Whatever treatment option you choose, just make sure to stay updated about recalls and side effects.

First and foremost, you can treat narcolepsy with stimulants, as these drugs can help you stay awake during crucial times of the day. The primary concern with most stimulants, however, is that they are addictive in many cases. Methylphenidate (often sold as Ritalin) or amphetamines are traditionally used to treat narcolepsy, as well as ADHD, but these drugs are highly controversial not only because of their addictiveness, but also because of their side effects, which can be very serious even when used as recommended. This is the areas in which some doctors also prescribed the recalled Dextroamphetamine Sulfate. Today, narcolepsy can also be treated with a new drug called modafinil, which is stimulant that isn't as addictive as Ritalin or other stimulants.

Narcolepsy can also be treated using the drug sodium oxybate, which is sold under the brand name Xyrem. This controls caraplexy in narcolepsy patients, and can help improve your quality of sleep at night, which is a main factor in your symptoms during the day. Sodium oxybate, like stimulants, has its problems, though. It has been linked to breathing problems, sleepwalking, and bed wetting, and doctors are not quick to prescribe this medication, which is constantly scrutinized by the FDA. If your doctor suggests sodium oxybate, make sure you understand the side effects and risks before you begin taking it in any dosage amount.

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Some narcolepsy patients have been successfully treated with antidepressants. These are often less harsh than the other medications narcolepsy patients are subscribed, but there are, of course, still side effects that you need to review with your doctor. Antidepressants help to suppress REM sleep, which can help you avoid cataplexy, as well as other sleeping problems both during the night and during the day. Examples of antidepressants used to treat narcolepsy include the following: Vivactil, Tofranil, Prozac, Sarafem, and Zoloft.

The key with any narcolepsy treatment is to talk to our doctor about all the risks and rewards. Many medications, even if they are taken correctly, can have grave side effects, and no matter what medications you take, make sure to stay up to date on FDA recalls. If any drug you ingest adversely affects you, talk to your doctor right away about changing your medication, and contact an Ethex Morphone recall lawyer to learn about your legal rights.

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