Narcolepsy Medication List

By April 2, 2018 3 Comments

Looking for a narcolepsy medication list? Fear not fellow PWN. I’ve compiled this full list of medications that are used to treat Narcolepsy. Before diving in, feel free to check out my article on how to treat narcolepsy. It’s a +2,200 word post that details ways to treat narcolepsy, both medication, and non-pharmaceutical options.


Narcolepsy Medication List


Hello, there fellow PWN, my names is Peter. I have Narcolepsy just like you. Thank you for visiting my blog. Are you not sure you have this disease? Be sure to visit my diagnosis page. Interesting in alternative treatments to Narcolepsy? Click here.


On this page, I’ve collected an exhaustive list of medications that are used to treat Narcolepsy. I’ve broken them down into two sections. The first being medications to treat just Narcolepsy, the second are medications used to treat Narcolepsy with Cataplexy. If you don’t have cataplexy, then only the first list will apply to you. If you do have it, all these medications can apply to you.


*Sidenote: I’m not an advocate for any particular medication. You need to find a treatment that

  1. Your sleep specialist thinks is applicable to you
  2. A medication that works well with your personal chemistry


Without further adieu here’s my


Narcolepsy Medication List 

  • Provigil
  • Nuvigil
  • Adderall
  • Methylphenidate-HCl
  • Pemoline

Medications for Cataplexy

  • Xyrem
  • Hypnotic Benzodiazepines
  • Venlafaxine
  • Duloxetine
  • Atomoxetine
  • Protriptyline
  • Imipramine
  • Desipramine
  • Clomipramine
  • Fluoxetine



*Please consult your sleep specialist before taking these medications. I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on the internet. This list is merely for educational purposes and by no means is it an endorsement of any medication listed.


Looking to experiment with different medications? Click the link below and you’ll get a PDF version of a Medication Checklist so you can work through the medications and find out which one works best for you.


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Over the years, after talking to dozens of other people with Narcolepsy, I have come to notice a particular pattern; there is no one golden treatment. We all react differently to different meds, have different insurance coverage. For me, however, medication has not been my saving grace, diet was.

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  • Anonymous says:

    wonderful page,

    being living with it since i was eleven, I am 39. It took a long time to get diagnosed. Worse is the scarcity of information on lifestyle. I areally appreciate the page. Slowly practising intermittent fasting its making a difference. Will pick some tips from Here.

    warmest regards

  • Barbara Hopkins says:

    I found your website and was thrilled. You said you wanted our comments so that you will make the site even better. My only comment is that you might want to consider that all of us are not lucky enough to be able to work. I was a nurse and I loved it! However, I developed Narcolepsy/Cataplexy both quite severe! And have everything that comes with Narcolepsy, so my Doc’s suggested because of the severity of my Narcolepsy/Cataplexy it would be best that I not continue in my nursing career due to possibility of the automatic behavior causing me to double medicate or a variety of possibilities that could cause harm to my patients. Unfortunately, for me employment has eluded me for years, even Vocational Rehab said they just couldn’t see a way to help me. So, I after quite a fight finally won my disability case. But, there lies my problem, being on disability isn’t really living it’s more like barely existing. I pay my bill’s, living expenses, medication copays, and groceries. Once that’s done I’m broke and waiting for the next month to come. It’s not that I’m complaining to you, I’m trying to give you a picture of what it’s like for me so that you understand what I’m looking to say. I was diagnosed in November of 1999. My Narcolepsy/Cataplexy began during my pregnancy with my youngest son. Now that you have a picture what I’m trying to get to is this. My insurance won’t cover things such as your Magnesium spray, cryogenic treatments, etc. And I’ve been trying to find Miss Julie’s book in libraries in my area for a while now. Some of us just don’t have the means for these things. Believe me when I say I’m not complaining I’ve heard several times about your Magnesium spray I just don’t have a way to purchase such an item. I have NO luxuries what so ever. No cell phone, cable/satellite, I don’t even have a car anymore. Maybe you could find some things that I could possibly have a way to get, make, etc. But please don’t take this in the wrong way I just thought it would help you to know where my situation lies. Thank you for sharing all of your insight. I found a great deal of it informative and helpful. I just don’t have a way to accomplish some of it. I really wish I did.
    Barbara Hopkins

    • Peter says:

      Hello Barbara,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story. I added a disclaimer that “Some people’s symptoms are so severe that any job may be a challenge until the symptoms are managed through various forms of treatment.” below the Best Options list, but clearly I need to illuminate this message more.

      Do you have any other suggestions as to how I can highlight the fact that all jobs will be difficult (or not right) to those that are still trying to function at a basic level due to severe symptoms?

      If money is tight, I would suggest trying cold showers as a form of treatment to help with EDS. They are the way I wake up in the morning, they also help with inflammation. I know that they won’t cure your narcolepsy. But seeing that they are free they are a good place to start.

      If you email me your address at I’ll get you a copy of Julie’s book, on me 🙂

      Secondly, have you considered working from home in a tech job? There’s a new coding Bootcamp, that you can do online, for free, until they help you land a job that pays $50k or more. With this training, you’ll be able to find a remote job where you can work from home to better manage your symptoms. Here’s a link to their school:

      Hope this helps.

      Hang in there.

      With love,


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