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Posted by: MOMMY | 2010-08-08

Narcolepsy

Dear doc my 9 yea old went through some eeg test ect we all thought she was add or epilepsy as she falls asleep sometimes 3 -4 times a day the moment she relax and when over exited - has a loss in muscle strength for a few min. - but in the end seems to be narcolepsy - she is very bight and talented. - she is on Concerta 36mg (18 mg was not enough) - She is 85% better daytime but still have difficult nights as she dreams the moment she falls asleep and wakes up with a schock and beating heart 5 - 10 min later - now sleeps throug app 3 - 4 nights a week.
What can I do from my side to help - will she need more medications as she gets older - can I do something to prevent
her needing more medication in the future.



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There are other medications which can help the loss of muscle tone during he day, and which may also help to reduce the dreaming a bit. We often use a group of chemicals called the tricyclics - discuss this with your doctor.

Also, if she can learn to have naps at pre-determined times of day, this often helps to reduce the amount of Concerta she may need.

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Posted by: Sleep expert | 2010-08-10

There are other medications which can help the loss of muscle tone during he day, and which may also help to reduce the dreaming a bit. We often use a group of chemicals called the tricyclics - discuss this with your doctor.

Also, if she can learn to have naps at pre-determined times of day, this often helps to reduce the amount of Concerta she may need.

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