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Has Anyone Turned To Illigal Drugs To Try To Stay Awake

Has Anyone Turned To Illigal Drugs To Try To Stay Awake

A MyNarcolepsyTeam Member said:

Life with Narcolepsy is hard. Life addicted to to an illegal drug would be devastating. I don’t know which prescription med you take(?), but I would recommend talking to your doctor about perhaps adding a prescription for an immediate release form of it if possible. Certain combos of drug forms may help. Full disclosure, I keep nicotine gum on hand and in my car in case of emergency and find it incredibly helpful. But I would talk to your doctor about it.

posted 10 months ago
A MyNarcolepsyTeam Member said:

Thankfully I am in recovery for the past almost 4 years now. However, finally at the age of 44 at with a diagnosis I realize that all I was doing was self-medicating on a very literal sense my entire life. I just want to fit in I just want to be awake when people are awake I want to be productive and a member society. I struggled with methamphetamine addiction for 20 plus years. I do remember taking Adderall one time and honestly I was taking it to get high and I didn't get high. So I complained and I was told that's because you have ADHD. Come to find out I also do have ADHD and insomnia and sleep paralysis and also go figure narcolepsy without cataplexy. Living now without any substances and now that I have finally found the two medication combination that work well for me I forgive myself because I was just trying to feel normal. Don't beat yourself up.

posted about 1 month ago
A MyNarcolepsyTeam Member said:

Yes I’m in recovery I just had a year of sobriety. I was addicted to amphetamines for 10 years then switched to crystal meth. It only made my narcolepsy worse to deal with after I came off of them. Please reach out if you need help 💜

posted 4 months ago
A MyNarcolepsyTeam Member said:

No..please try not eat junk
Drugs or alcohol
They just destroy your brsin

posted 8 months ago
A MyNarcolepsyTeam Member said:

To answer your question yes ive done the ephedrine ,coke,n crystal meth thing .how old are you n how long have you had narcolepsy

posted 11 months ago
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