Narcolepsy: Treatment Options

Lauren Mergen Health Guide
  • Treating narcolepsy can be a tricky procedure.  There are many options, but most are what I call “band-aids”.  There are no cures, but the goal is to help control the symptoms of narcolepsy.  They can help, but won’t cure the condition. 

    Prescription Medications:

    When I was first diagnosed, my doctor and I decided that a stimulant would help reduce the grogginess I was experiencing everyday.  I started with armodafinil also known as Nuvigil.  The dosage was a little too high for my body so I felt like my eyes were popping out of my head.  We reduced the dosage and tried again for a few more weeks, but I still didn’t feel right.

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    Next, I was prescribed methylphenidate also known as Ritalin to be taken in the morning and in the early afternoon.  I experimented for a few weeks with dosages and found one that works well for me.  Now, I take 10 milligrams twice a day. 


    I don’t take a lot of naps because of my busy schedule, but short 20 minute naps can help you get over that 3 o’clock slump.  


    I have experimented with many different styles of eating and recently found what works for me.  Light, vegetarian meals are recommended, but follow a diet where your body thrives. You can read more about my diet here.

    As always, talk to your doctor before making changes to your lifestyle.


    Sleep Well,



    What treatments for narcolepsy have you tried? What has worked? What hasn’t?

Published On: November 01, 2011