If you suffer from narcolepsy, the bad news you may have known is there is no cure for this problem. However, saying so doesn’t mean you now have no hope to live a normal life. With appropriate treatments and therapies, you can manage the symptoms of narcolepsy and live like a normal person. In this short post, I will show you what are the effective methods that have been using to treat the two most common symptoms of narcolepsy: Excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy.
Manage Excessive daytime sleepiness – How to sleepless.
One of the most common symptoms of narcolepsy is excessive daytime sleepiness (or EDS). This problem if not treated, will ruin your life. People with EDS can fall asleep anywhere, anytime. As a result, productivity will be decreased and many derivative problems will occur. Fortunately, drugs for treating sleepiness are widely available. Amphetamine-like stimulants are the most common ones to treat the EDS. You should meet your doctor to get the name of the drugs to use.
There are some lifestyle changes that you can apply to treat excessive daytime sleepiness. Apply a regular sleep-wakeup schedule is recommend to reduce sleepiness during the daytime. You will also want to avoid alcohol, caffeine, nicotine… Regular exercises are good to have a better sleep at night as well as reduce sleeping time during the day.
Dealing with cataplexy
Treatments for cataplexy are only available in drugs. For many years, cataplexy was treated by tricyclic antidepressants such as imipramine, clomipramine… Nevertheless, due to the reported unwanted side effects, the main antidepressant that used to treat cataplexy now is venlafaxine.
Recently, there is a new medication for cataplexy called Xyrem, which reportedly has a good effect on treating both cataplexy and EDS. Using Xyrem might cause some side effects such as headache, nausea, dizziness…