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Narcolepsy is lifelong (chronic) condition.

It is not deadly, but it may be dangerous if episodes occur during driving, operating machinery, or similar activities.

Narcolepsy can usually be controlled with treatment. Treating other underlying sleep disorders can improve symptoms of narcolepsy.


  • Difficulty functioning at work

  • Difficulty with social activities

  • Injuries and accidents, if attacks occur during activities

  • Side effects of medications used to treat the disorder

Calling your health care provider

Call your health care provider if:

  • You have symptoms of narcolepsy

  • Narcolepsy does not respond to treatment, or you develop other symptoms

Source: National Library of Medicine

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