While narcolepsy can manifest in patients between the ages of 10 and 25, it typically appears in patients between the ages of 35 and 45. According to the National Institute of Neurological and Stroke Disorders, there is no cure for narcolepsy. Physicians can and do prescribe amphetamines to help patients combat the most debilitating symptoms such as suddenly falling asleep. Some antidepressants can help control hallucinations. In 1999, the FDA approved a non-amphetamine based wake drug that provides a stimulant to keep the brain in a waking cycle.
Narcolepsy, like many other neurological disorders, requires an adjustment of lifestyle for the patient. They have to manage their condition and use the prescriptions to help their symptoms. Research continues to seek why the condition occurs in order to find a cure or prevention.
If a person suspects that they suffer from narcolepsy or other sleep disorder, they should consult their physician for a sleep study, diagnosis and treatment.