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    • #24453

      Greetings.  New to this forum.

      I have read in several places that Excessive Daytime Sleepiness is a common non-motor symptom of PD.

      Does anyone in this group struggle with this?  If so, how do you manage it?  What meds do you take?

      Thanks.

    • #24459
      RT
      Participant

      My husband is a PD patient with a known diagnosis of RBD (Rapid Eye Movement Behavior Sleep Disorder) that contributes to daytime sleepiness. Taking melatonin (3 mg; safe to take up to 9 mg) has definitely cut back on the sleep disorder which causes less sleepiness during the day. We were told that Klonopin may help if the melatonin does not.
      Good luck!

    • #24476
      Alan M
      Participant

      DREM is the bane of my existence at the moment.  I seem to need to take an afternoon siesta daily as a result.  One hour’s rest does me.  But I’m ready for bed by 9:30 – 10:00 pm and can’t seem to wake up until 9:00 am.  The Neurologist prescribed me Clonazepam to be taken just before bedtime.  I heard that due to its highly addictive characteristics and long half-life, one can quickly become addicted to Clonazepam even if taken as prescribed.  Clonazepam is not generally recommended for long-term use because it is known to be a habit-forming substance. Over time, the patient’s body tends to build a tolerance to the drug.  See https://www.rehabspot.com/benzodiazepines/klonopin/  and  https://www.intoactionrecovery.com/is-clonazepam-addictive/

    • #24543
      Rick Tabakin
      Participant

      I found myself (a person with PD) getting sleepy in the afternoon.  My doctor changed my prescription regimen and it seems to be helping.

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