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cannot stay awake

I'm desperate. For about 3 months i can't stay awake. Took nuvigil, did nothing, now I'm on adderal 20 mg and I can still fall asleep doctor took me off work 2 weeks ago and I'm seeing another sleep specialist this week. Has anyone taken adderall (adderrall) and been able to sleep?  Please someone help me. I will take anyone's advice. I want my life back. I have to go back to work. Please I will try anything. I'm desperate not sure how I'm going to pay rent. Feel horrible.
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Maybe you need to talk to your PCP about having a sleep latiencey test.  Well testthe kind of sleep you are in while you sleep can test for Narcopelsy how long has this been a problem?  I have been diagnosed my self with narcolepsy.  Can fall asleep any where anytime!
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Medications  initiated for narcolepsy are central nervous system stimulants like modafinil (Provigil) or armodafinil (Nuvigil). As the side effects and addiction potential is less. Some people need treatment with methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin, others) or various amphetamines. These medications are very effective but may sometimes cause side effects such as nervousness and heart palpitations and can be addictive.

Emerging treatments being investigated for narcolepsy include hypocretin replacement, hypocretin gene therapy, stem cell transplant, skin temperature manipulation and immunotherapy, but further research is needed to confirm their effectiveness.

So, discuss the various options with your doctor and hope you find a balance.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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