What are the nonpharmacologic treatment options for narcolepsy?

Updated: Sep 04, 2019
  • Author: Sagarika Nallu, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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In addition to a regular sleep schedule (usually 7.5-8 hours of sleep per night) and, in some cases, scheduled naps during the day, the following nonpharmacologic measures are also important:

  • Providing emotional support and career or vocational counseling to patients and parents

  • Assisting with documentation for special academic needs, insurance, disability forms, and attaining a driver’s license

  • Questioning patients about high-risk behaviors such as alcohol and drug use, which may exacerbate symptoms

  • Inquiring about depression, family conflict, and other psychosocial problems


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