Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder involving the brain. Narcolepsy occurs when the brain cannot normally regulate cycles of sleep and waking. This can cause daytime excessive sleepiness (ES) that results in episodes of falling asleep suddenly.2
It is estimated that narcolepsy affects 1 in every 2000 Americans.2
What causes narcolepsy?
The cause of narcolepsy is not known. Sometimes the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the brain cells involved in regulating the sleep-wake cycle. It is believed that narcolepsy is the result of these cells being damaged or destroyed.2
Why is narcolepsy a problem?
Because the daytime sleep episodes associated with narcolepsy can occur at any time during the day, narcolepsy is very disabling and has a profound effect on the social and work lives of people with the disorder.1
- Narcolepsy can threaten safety, as patients may fall asleep while performing various activities
- People with narcolepsy often fall asleep several times a day, while at work or school, or even during a conversation or meal
Talk to your doctor about whether you should avoid driving or using heavy machinery while taking NUVIGIL® (armodafinil) Tablets [C-IV].
While NUVIGIL is used to improve wakefulness in patients with narcolepsy, it is not used to treat narcolepsy itself or its other symptoms or consequences.