Narcolepsy is a neurological sleep disorder that affects your brain’s activity which controls the sleep-wake cycle. It causes an uncontrollable urge to fall asleep involuntarily during the day. These are called sleep attacks that cause sudden sleepiness.
The most effective medications to treat narcolepsy contain Modafinil and Armodafinil. Generic versions of these medications are available for more affordable options.
The common side effects of narcolepsy include
Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
Difficulty concentrating or paying attention
Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
Narcolepsy drugs are used to treat excessive sleepiness, so it does reduce your sleepiness. Some experience trouble falling asleep as a side effect, although it is rare. This is not a permanent solution and will not cure your sleeping disorders. Narcolepsy drugs are also not a substitute for sleep.
Yes, drugs like Modafinil have been popular as cognitive enhancers and are also used to treat certain medical conditions. However, there is enough scientific evidence to back the results, and more research is required to prove its effectiveness as a treatment option for certain medical disorders.