Treatments for Narcolepsy

The treatment and management of narcolepsy involves lifestyle changes and medications.

The goals of treatment include:

  • Improving daytime alertness
  • Minimizing or eliminating troublesome symptoms such as cataplexy, hallucinations at the beginning or end of sleep, and sleep paralysis

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changes
Medications

At this time, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of narcolepsy.

References:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ .

Textbook of Clinical Neurology . W.B. Saunders Company; 1999.



Last reviewed February 2007 by Edward R. Rosick, DO, MPH, MS

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