Treatment for narcolepsy often includes establishing a regular sleep schedule, regular exercise, and medications.
Treatment options for narcolepsy include:
- Regulation of sleep schedule for narcolepsy
- Scheduled naps during the day
- Regular exercise program
- Medications for narcolepsy:
- Medications used to treat cataplexy:
- Sodium oxybate (Xyrem)
- Clomipramine (Anafranil)
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI)
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid heavy meals
Cataplexy Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of narcolepsy.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for injury?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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