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Prognosis for Narcolepsy

None of the currently available narcolepsy medications enables people with narcolepsy to consistently maintain a fully normal state of alertness. But excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy, the most disabling symptoms of narcolepsy, can be controlled in most patients with drug treatment.
Whatever the age of onset, patients find that their narcolepsy symptoms tend to get worse over the two to three decades after the first symptoms appear. Many older patients find that some daytime symptoms decrease in severity after age 60.
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