Which diet and activity modifications are used in the treatment of narcolepsy?

Updated: Sep 04, 2019
  • Author: Sagarika Nallu, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Answer

Patients with narcolepsy should avoid heavy meals and alcohol. Activity recommendations include the following:

  • Patients should take scheduled short naps

  • Patients should participate in an exercise program

  • Patients should avoid driving, operating heavy machinery, or other potentially hazardous activity when sleepy

  • Patients with narcolepsy with cataplexy should wear a life preserver when engaged in water activities, should never perform water activities solo, and should educate the rest of their party about cataplectic attacks


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