cataplexy


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cataplexy

[′kad·ə‚plek·sē]
(medicine)
Sudden loss of muscle tone provoked by exaggerated emotion, such as excessive anger or laughter, often associated with a profound desire for sleep.
Prostration by the sudden onset of disease.
Hypnotic sleep.
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Symptoms of narcolepsy include excessive daytime sleepiness (even dropping off to sleep at any time, whether it be watching TV or driving a car), cataplexy (brief episodes of muscle weakness brought on by strong emotion), sleep paralysis (inability to move occurring at the moment of failing asleep), and hypnagogic hallucinations (dreamlike images that occur at sleep onset).
Other drugs may be prescribed for cataplexy and sleep paralysis, but whatever the treatment, the patient must make considerable adjustments once this chronic disorder manifests itself.
Pharmaceutical company Flamel Technologies SA (Nasdaq:FLML ) reported on Friday the start of treatment of the first patient under its Rest-On Phase III clinical trial of FT218 for the treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy in patients suffering from narcolepsy.
The cataplexy means if I have any emotional response to anything, such as laughing or crying, I can collapse.
It may sound funny, but cataplexy is ruining my life.
Sadly Samantha also suffers from cataplexy as part of the condition which means her muscles can collapse all of a sudden.
Narcolepsy is a rare, chronic nervous system disease that usually includes acute daytime drowsiness, episodic cataplexy, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucination and a disrupted sleep cycle.
It usually manifests itself as cataplexy, in which wide-awake sufferers "flop" as if falling into a deep sleep, reports The Daily Express.
At a joint meeting, panelists generally agreed the data from clinical trials showed that sodium oxybate, which is approved for treating cataplexy and daytime sleepiness associated with narcolepsy, was effective in treating fibromyalgia.