What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a condition that causes extreme sleepiness during the day and sleep attacks that occur during waking hours. Symptoms include extreme drowsiness, auditory and visual hallucinations, sleep paralysis, and cataplexy.

There is no cure for narcolepsy. The key is to control symptoms. Common drug classes used to treat narcolepsy are central nervous system depressants, central nervous system stimulants, and sympathomimetic-like agents.

Savings Tips for Narcolepsy

  • Generic Nuvigil for Narcolepsy Now Available

    July 07, 2016

    There can be many reasons for excessive tiredness—but for some people, it can be due to an underlying medical condition. Narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and shift-work disorder can significantly affect your quality of life. Thankfully there are medications that can help—including Nuvigil (armodafinil) and Provigil (modafinil).

    Now, there is also good news for anyone taking Nuvigil—its generic, armodafinil, has been approved, and is in pharmacies now. See More

  • Provigil vs Nuvigil: Which Is Better for Daytime Sleepiness?

    September 09, 2015

    If you work the night shift and struggle to stay awake, or if you have daytime sleepiness from sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, you may have wondered if a medication can help you feel more alert.
    For excessive daytime sleepiness, Provigil and Nuvigil are first-line treatments. Provigil (the generic is modafinil) and Nuvigil are non-stimulant medications—but what does that mean? How do they work? And is one better than the other?
    How do Provigil and Nuvigil help keep you awake if they aren’t stimulants?

    • Most likely, Provigil (modafinil) and Nuvigil enhance dopamine signaling (meaning they make your body more sensitive to dopamine, a neurotransmitter than can promote wakefulness).
    • See More
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Popular Narcolepsy Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Central Nervous System Stimulants 56 See Prices
Central Nervous System Stimulants 59 See Prices
Central Nervous System Stimulants 59 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Narcolepsy Drug Classes

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