wakix pitolisant new narcolepsy medication

If you have been diagnosed with narcolepsy* and would like to obtain a prescription for the new narcolepsy drug Wakix (pitolisant) conveniently over the Internet, schedule an online sleep doctor consultation now!

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In August of 2019, the FDA recently released great news: for the first time ever there is an approved medication for narcolepsy that is not a controlled-substance!  

There is no need to worry about addiction or withdrawal with this medication. At Singular Sleep, we love this new narcolepsy treatment option because it doesn't involve dangerous stimulants or CNS depressants. 

Wakix Fast Facts: 

  • Wakix is the brand name for this medication
  • pitolisant is the generic name
  • The medication is manufactured by Harmony Biosciences LLC
  • The medication works on the histamine 3 (H) brain pathway, leading to increased release of histamine in the brain.
  • Wakix essentially has the opposite effect of an anti-histamine, which typically makes people sleepy.
  • The most common side effects in the clinical studies were: insomnia (6%), nausea (6%), and anxiety (5%); overall, the drug was well tolerated.
  • Wakix might reduce the efficacy of oral contraceptive pills (OCPs)
  • Only needs to be taken once daily
  • Scheduled to be available during the fourth quarter of 2019

What is narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a neurological sleep disorder that affects approximately 0.5% of the population and is characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and disrupted nighttime sleep. 

There are two types of narcolepsy:

  • Type 1: patients suffer from episodes of "cataplexy" where they loose muscle tone in certain emotionally-charged situations
  • Type 2: patients don't have cataplexy; narcolepsy type 2 must be diagnosed with a sleep study in conjunction with an appropriate clinic history
    • An overnight sleep study must not show sleep apnea or PLMD
    • The patient must demonstrate a reduced sleep latency (SL) on an MSLT (daytime nap test performed in a sleep lab) and two sleep onset REM periods (SOREMPs) whereby the patient enters REM sleep during the nap. 

Are there other symptoms of narcolepsy besides EDS?

Some narcoleptics will have one or more of the following:

  • nighttime hallucinations (hypnogogic/hypnopompic hallucinations)
  • sleep paralysis
  • vivid dreams
  • "automatic" behaviors - doing complex things like driving a car with no recollection of the events 

Meet Our Sleep Doctor:

sleep doctor online joseph krainin singular sleep

  • Dr. Joseph Krainin is a medical doctor (M.D.), not a psychologist.
  • He is a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, an honor given to those select doctors that have made major contributions to the field.
  • Board-certified in Sleep Medicine.
  • Board-certified in Neurology.
  • Over 10 years of practice experience.               

Benefits of Sleep Telemedicine:

  • Connect with the doctor at a time and place that are convenient for you.
  • Cost-effective solutions for your sleep disorder.* 
  • No driving, traffic, or waiting in a germ-infested office.
  • You won't need to take time off work; we can accommodate your schedule.
  • Discounts are available if you use the prescription from our doctor to purchase sleep apnea treatment from Singular Sleep.    

*You must be able to provide Singular Sleep with appropriate medical documentation of a narcolepsy diagnosis.