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Narcolepsy - What Is It?

A neurological disorder which affects the way the brain controls sleeping patterns, narcolepsy causes sufferers to feel incredibly sleepy during the day, and can create loss of muscle control when laughing, angry or experiencing other emotions.

It is a rare condition and can affect both women and men. Narcolepsy is generally diagnosed by the teenage years, but can occur later in life as well.

What Are The Symptoms of Narcolepsy?

  • Narcolepsy causes a variety of symptoms, including feeling incredibly sleepy during the day, falling asleep unexpectedly when doing repetitive or monotonous tasks.
  • It can also cause cataplexy - this is a loss of muscle control and can happen when the person feels extreme emotion. It causes the muscles in the face, legs or neck to go weak but only normally lasts for a few minutes.
  • Other symptoms include frightening hallucinations which can impact vision, emotions or hearing when waking up or falling asleep.
  • Temporary sleep paralysis can occur which means you can't move your arms, legs or speak, just as you wake up, or fall asleep. It normally only lasts for a short time.
  • Poor quality sleep that is interrupted and experiencing lots of dreams.
  • Depression, putting on weight.
  • Problems concentrating on tasks in the day.

How Do I Get A Narcolepsy Diagnosis?

This conditiion would usually be diagnosed by a doctor specialising in nervous system diseases, known as a neurologist. They will ask you about your health background and your sleep patterns.

The neurologist might also require you to take part in a sleep test and may need to do an analysis of your cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), to provide a definitive diagnosis.

What Treatments Are Available For Narcolepsy?

Currently there is no cure but there are medications to help with the symptoms of narcolepsy. Most of the treatments are aimed at improving sleep, reducing tiredness and reducing cataplexy frequency.

One of the medications used is Modafinil. It helps to promote being awake and reduce tiredness. It contains the active ingredient modafinil.

Can My Narcolepsy Be Treated Without Medication?

You can try to make changes yourself to improve your quality of sleep and some of your sleeping habits and your GP can advice you on other ways to manage your condition.

If you are suffering from excessive tiredness, try taking several brief naps during the day. Time them so you have a nap regularly throughout the day.

Make sure you have a very strong bedtime routine. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning.

Can I Buy Treatment For Narcolepsy Online Safely?

Yes, it should be safe to order modafinil online, but you need to do your own research to make sure that the website you are using is legitimate before placing any online medicine order.

Make sure you carry out these checks before using any medicines website:

What Will I Need To Tell The Doctor?

The doctor will need to know your background and medical history but it will depend on which treatment you are ordering as some medicines interact more than others, with other medication you might already be taking.

You need to complete the medical questionnaire as fully as possible and include all relevant information for the doctor.

More Information About Narcolepsy

NHS Choices: Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy UK Registered Charity

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