Narcolepsy is a lifelong Sleep disorder, in which the affected person has sudden and uncontrollable sleep attacks. Narcolepsy is characterized by uncontrollable sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep paralysis, fragmented sleep during night, hypnagogic hallucinations, and sudden loss of muscle strength.
Narcolepsy can be dangerous as these sudden sleep attacks occurring in situations like during driving can be life threatening. Narcolepsy is further categorized into three types Narcolepsy with Cataplexy, Narcolepsy without cataplexy, and Narcolepsy caused due to some medical condition.
A person with Narcolepsy without cataplexy will not experience sudden weakening of muscle strength. Other symptoms are similar between Narcolepsy with and without cataplexy. There is no permanent treatment for narcolepsy. Treatment of narcolepsy involves only managing of symptoms.
Treatments For Narcolepsy Without Cataplexy
Have a look at the various treatments for narcolepsy without cataplexy that really helps in managing symptoms effectively:
Medication for narcolepsy is considered as most effective method of treatment. Medications used are actually central nervous system stimulants. These medications help in promoting wakefulness in the narcoleptic. Prescribed narcolepsy treatment drugs include modafinil (Provigil), methylphenidate (Ritalin) or amphetamines.
Antidepressants And SSRI
Antidepressants and SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) are also prescribed in some cases of narcolepsy with cataplexy. Antidepressants help in managing the narcolepsy symptoms like hypnagogic hallucinations, and sleep paralysis. Some of the prescribed medications include imipramine, clomipramine, paroxetine, and fluoxetine.
Making few lifestyle changes will also help greatly in managing narcolepsy without cataplexy. Some of the lifestyles changes that you need to follow are as follows:
- Maintaining a proper sleep schedule i.e. maintaining a proper sleep and wake up times.
- Avoiding caffeinated drinks late in the evening and during nights.
- When the sleep attack starts, maintain wakefulness by taking a small walk, or take prescribed wake-promoting medications.
- Staying away from wakefulness stimulating electronic gadgets like TV, mobile phone, etc before going to bed.
- Exercising will also help you in keeping active throughout the day.
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