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How to Diagnose Sleep Disorders Narcolepsy Treatment
Narcolepsy treatments are going to vary widelyfrom patienttopatient depending on what symptoms the patient experiences. Whetherthey have cataplexy or don't have cataplexy, or if they have other parts of the narcolepsytriad such as sleep paralysis, hypnagocic or hypnopompic hallucinations. Generally,the first line of treatment for narcolepsy is a sort of stimulant to keep them awakeduring the day. An amphetamine known as Adderall or Dexedrine, either of those, are commontreatments. We can use forms of methylphenidate, which is commonly known as Ritalin. A newertreatment on the market is a medication called Provigil, which is a atypical stimulant thattargets parts of the hypothalamus that regulates
sleep and weight and in most patients don'thave the sort of stimulating effect, or the feeling of a high that amphetamine or methylphenidatewould. Just as you need to treat the sleepiness during the day for a narcoleptic, generallynarcoleptics have poor quality nighttime sleep and require some sort of sedative treatment,something like Ambien or Restoril. Any number of sedatives could be used to aid a narcolepticin nighttime sleep, if they have problems sleeping at night. Cataplexy and the otherparts of the narcolepsy triad are caused by intrusions of REM into inappropriate partsof the sleepwake cycle. Sleep paralysis is an example of this, where a person is completelyand fully wide awake but they have no muscle
tone. Therefore, they can't speak, can't moveand have no control over themselves or their environment. Cataplexy, which I mentioned,where a strong emotion causes a person to lose muscle tone and appear to faint or havea seizure, that's an intrusion of REM. Hallucinations that come with narcolepsy, that come at eitherthe beginning of sleep or at the end of sleep, again, are inappropriate intrusions of REM.It's found that antidepressant medications, such as, Prozac, Effexor or Zoloft, thesemedication's selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors have a REM suppressant quality,as do tricyclic antidepressants, Elavil is the first one that comes to mind, there area number that can be used. It depends on the
patient. Sometimes it's a lengthy processto find the right combinations of medications for a narcoleptic. One of the newest medicationson the market used to treat cataplexy is a medication called Xyrem. It's available, onlyfrom its manufacturer. It has been made under the Orphan Drug Act. It's so tightly controlledbecause it is the pharmaceutical version of the street drug GHB, which has been used successfullyin date rapes and has been used as a recreational drug for a number of years. Xyrem, in a narcoleptic,is found to suppress cataplexy and to aid greatly in nighttime sleep and it has beenquite a boom for a number of the patients with whom I have worked.