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#NarcolepsyStories: April Atkin

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18 September 2020

When I was at school, particularly in sixth form, I would take a nap everyday after school. I would really struggle to stay awake all day and would usually fall asleep in the car or on the bus on the way home. I always felt fatigued, something I and others often put down to ‘hormones’, staying up too late or my vegetarian diet. My sleepiness became my ’thing’, a defining feature. There are countless times when I fell asleep by accident when alone and I would wake several hours later.

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Narcolepsy medications

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The medication that is prescribed for the treatment of narcolepsy aims to control excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy.

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Pitolisant

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Pitolisant is a drug that is used to promote wakefulness and so reduce excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)

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