Narcolepsy and holidays

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If you suffer from narcolepsy, going on holiday may present difficulties that simply do not occur for other people.

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness may increase the risk of missing a plane or train.
  • Being in a new or unfamiliar environment may increase the likelihood of cataplexy, and cataplexy attacks may be misinterpreted by people around you.
  • Some narcolepsy medications are not licensed in all countries and you may have difficulty taking them to those countries.

Having narcolepsy certainly shouldn't prevent you travelling and enjoying a holiday. For a one- or two-week break in the UK or elsewhere in the EU, you should have no major problems. Obviously, going further afield and/or travelling for longer periods will raise bigger issues, but that does not mean that you won't be able to do it.

See also our resource article Travelling with Medication for more information.