Idiopathic Hypersomnia

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What is Idiopathic Hypersomnia?

Idiopathic Hypersomnia, also known as major somnolence disorder, is a sleep disorder characterized by excessive amounts of sleepiness for which there is no identifiable cause.

Common symptoms reported by people with Idiopathic Hypersomnia

Common symptoms
How bad it is
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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Idiopathic Hypersomnia

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
Idiopathic Hypersomnia (13) Fatigue (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Fatigue (5) Idiopathic Hypersomnia (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Idiopathic Hypersomnia (5) Fatigue (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Depressed mood (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Idiopathic Hypersomnia (5) Fatigue (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Insomnia (3) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (3) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Depressed mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2

Data from patients with Idiopathic Hypersomnia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Idiopathic Hypersomnia

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Idiopathic Hypersomnia (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Amblyopia Anxious mood 15 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Idiopathic Hypersomnia (13) Fatigue (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased appetite Dry mouth 9 more
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Fatigue (5) Idiopathic Hypersomnia (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Idiopathic Hypersomnia (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic headaches Tension Headache 1 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Idiopathic Hypersomnia (5) Fatigue (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Morning nausea
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Depressed mood (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Idiopathic Hypersomnia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Antsy Loss of appetite 2 more
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Idiopathic Hypersomnia (5) Fatigue (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Mild Depression
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Insomnia (3) Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Weight gain
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (3) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Idiopathic Hypersomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1

Data from patients with Idiopathic Hypersomnia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Idiopathic Hypersomnia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 30
30s 74
40s 65
50s 35
60s 14
70+ 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

82% Female
18% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 62
20-29 years 31
30-39 years 23
40-49 years 13
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 151
Not Diagnosed 21

These charts show data from Idiopathic Hypersomnia patients who have completed their condition history
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