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Int J Psychiatry Clin Pract. 2005;9(4):289-91. doi: 10.1080/13651500500241454.

Bupropion is effective in depression in narcolepsy.

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Department of Psychiatry, Sisli Etfal Research and Training Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.


Narcolepsy is a rare disorder characterised by sleep disturbances, cataplexy, sleep paralysis and hypnagogic, hypnopompic hallucinations. Although several treatment modalities, such as tricyclic antidepressants or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, have been used to treat different symptoms, there is no definite treatment for narcolepsy. Modafinil or amphetamine-like stimulants, such as dexamphetamine or methylphenidate, are used to treat sleepiness. Our case was a 58-year-old woman who was diagnosed as narcolepsy cataplexy syndrome. Her Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) score was 14 and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) score was 29 in the first evaluation. Imipramine and modafinil were begun for the treatment, but there was no improvement in her symptoms. Subsequently, bupropion was started at 150 mg/day and then dosage was increased to 300 mg/day. She was asymptomatic at the end of 3 months. To our knowledge, this is the second depressive narcoleptic patient who has responded to 300 mg/day of bupropion.


Narcolepsy; bupropion; depression; narcolepsy-cataplexy syndrome


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