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What are the treatment options for narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy has no cure, but treatment options are available. Your doctor may prescribe an antidepressant to relieve many of your symptoms. Another treatment option is prescription stimulants, which may help during the day. Sodium oxybate may be recommended to help you sleep at night, stay awake during the day, and relieve serious cases of cataplexy. All of these medicines have potential side effects.

Keeping a regular sleeping and waking schedule and taking regular naps of less than 30 minutes may also help.

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