Are there any natural treatments for narcolepsy and cataplexy?
Narcolepsy is a condition in which people fall asleep suddenly during waking hours. If they lose muscle control, it is called cataplexy. Some narcoleptics can even fall asleep and collapse while crossing the street.
There are no natural remedies for this serious ailment, unless you consider gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB). This compound is made in very small quantities by the body. Doctors can now prescribe it by the name Xyrem. It helps control narcolepsy by fostering restorative sleep. GHB has been abused as a date-rape drug, so access to Xyrem is tightly controlled.
I take 15 milligrams of Remeron daily for depression. Recently I called in a refill. When I opened the bottle, I noticed that the pills were much larger and a different color than before.