There is no cure for narcolepsy, but the symptoms can be managed with medication and lifestyle modifications. The aim is to maintain alertness and control some of the lesser-occurring symptoms if they occur.
Stimulants to help the patient stay awake or alert, and antidepressants which help alleviate the symptoms of cataplexy, hypnagogic hallucinations and sleep paralysis may be used on its own or in combination to manage the symptoms.
Drug treatment is only one component of treating narcolepsy. It is equally important to ensure that good sleep hygiene practices are followed, including ensuring that adequate sleep is obtained at night, maintaining regular sleep and wake times every day including weekends, taking short naps in the day, getting regular exercise and avoiding nicotine and alcohol at night.
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