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    Can i drive with narcolepsy

    I've recently being diagnosed with narcolepsy and my doctor advised me not to drive, is this common? Will i ever be able to drive again?
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    The Sleep Health Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of ‘valuing sleep’ as part of a healthy lifestyle alongside regular exercise, a … View Profile

    There are 2 dangers of driving with narcolepsy - falling asleep at the wheel and suddenly losing muscle strength (cataplexy) whilst driving. Generally people with narcolepsy are advised not to drive until each of these symptoms is well controlled on treatment, and in the case of cataplexy has been well controlled for 6 months. The exact rules and processes around returning to drive vary from state to state, but people with narcolepsy can often return to driving once they are established on effective treatment. For information on narcolepsy click here.
     

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