Am I at Risk
Because the cause of narcolepsy is unknown, the risk factors are not well understood. It is known that narcolepsy affects both men and women equally. The first symptom is usually excessive daytime drowsiness. You should talk to your doctor about any concerns that you have. The doctor may ask if other family members are affected.
Ask your doctor about safety precautions specific to you. Operating machinery or driving is dangerous during unexpected sleep episodes. Some states have driving restrictions for people with narcolepsy, so you should check with your doctor or state department of motor vehicles.
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