Narcolepsy

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What is narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a condition characterized by recurrent, uncontrollable brief episodes of sleep and lapses in consciousness, often associated with hypnagogic hallucinations (seeing and hearing things as one is falling asleep), cataplexy (sudden loss of muscle tone) and sleep paralysis.

Common symptoms reported by people with narcolepsy

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with narcolepsy

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

(Provigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
narcolepsy (22) fatigue (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
narcolepsy (13) fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
narcolepsy (7) fatigue (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
narcolepsy (3) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (4) narcolepsy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Dexedrine)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
narcolepsy (4)

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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for narcolepsy (16 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches shakiness 7 more
Total evaluations
20
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for narcolepsy (17 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite anxious mood 12 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
narcolepsy (22) fatigue (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) (6 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite irritability 2 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for narcolepsy (9 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood decreased appetite 8 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
narcolepsy (13) fatigue (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for narcolepsy (8 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite anger 7 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
narcolepsy (7) fatigue (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
narcolepsy (3) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (4) narcolepsy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Dexedrine)
Perceived effectiveness
for narcolepsy (2 evaluations)
Side effects
migraine headaches
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
narcolepsy (4)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with narcolepsy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has narcolepsy on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 11
20s 163
30s 334
40s 330
50s 263
60s 137
70+ 36
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 286
20-29 years 106
30-39 years 79
40-49 years 60
50-59 years 28
60-69 years 3
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 205
Female 1074

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 674
Not Diagnosed 41

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