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Living with narcolepsy can be a challenge, but it's also an opportunity to contribute to meaningful research.

By signing up for our patient registry, you gain information on Takeda clinical trials aimed at improving narcolepsy management and treatments to then share with your healthcare provider to make informed choices about your health. 

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By joining WeConnect, you will be kept informed of trials that match your health needs so that you can have further conversations with your healthcare provider.


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Journey towards better sleep and awakening.

Introduction to Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that affects the brain's ability to control sleep-wake cycles. This condition can significantly disrupt daily life, characterized by overwhelming daytime drowsiness and sudden sleep attacks. People with narcolepsy may also experience cataplexy—sudden, temporary muscle weakness or paralysis triggered by strong emotions.

Causes and Risk Factors

The exact cause of narcolepsy remains elusive, but it's thought to involve multiple factors, including genetics, brain injuries, and autoimmune disorders. Notably, narcolepsy with cataplexy is often linked to a deficiency of hypocretin, a brain chemical vital to regulating wakefulness. Understanding these risk factors is crucial for early detection and management.

Diagnosing Narcolepsy

Diagnosing narcolepsy involves a thorough evaluation, including sleep history and specific tests like polysomnography and the multiple sleep latency test. Given that narcolepsy symptoms can mimic other conditions, accurate diagnosis is key to effective treatment.

Current Treatment Options for Narcolepsy

While there's no cure for narcolepsy, treatment combining medication and lifestyle adjustments may improve symptoms. Medications can help manage daytime sleepiness and prevent sleep attacks, while lifestyle changes, such as scheduled naps and good sleep hygiene, can further enhance quality of life.

Living with Narcolepsy

Navigating life with narcolepsy is a profound challenge, affecting both emotional well-being and physical health. The unpredictability of sleep attacks can make tasks that others take for granted—working, driving, and socializing—daunting and sometimes hazardous. It can be isolating, as friends, family, and employers may not fully understand the condition's impact.

The constant battle against sleepiness and the struggle to stay alert can be exhausting. Cataplexy episodes can be particularly frightening and embarrassing, leading to anxiety the certain situations may trigger an episode. Despite these challenges, many find strength in community support, learning to manage their symptoms while advocating for awareness and understanding.

Narcolepsy Research and Progress

The journey towards finding new treatments for narcolepsy is ongoing, with clinical research playing a pivotal role. Takeda is dedicated to this pursuit, exploring potentially innovative investigational therapies that offer a brighter future for those living with narcolepsy.

Join Our Community in Pioneering Potential Health Solutions

Your experience with narcolepsy is invaluable. By joining our patient registry, you can learn about vital research efforts and help shape the future of narcolepsy treatment. Together, we can advance medicine and improve lives.

Be Part of the Community – Sign up for our Registry Today

Step forward into a community dedicated to making a difference in narcolepsy care. Sign up for our patient registry today. Together, we can make a difference.

How WeConnect Works.

Takeda’s patient registry for clinical trials is a breeze to sign up for.

Click the 'Register' button.

Complete a brief contact information form.

Choose your areas of interest.

Look out for a confirmation email.

And just like that—you’re all set!

Now, you can relax while we keep you updated with notifications about Takeda’s clinical trials that might be just the right fit for you.

Keep connecting.

We know you're interested in signing up for Takeda's WeConnect to get direct communication about Takeda clinical trials, but just in case you are looking for other ways to get involved – please review the information below.

Plasma donation.

Plasma-derived therapies are critical, life-saving medicines that many people with rare and complex diseases rely on. Global demand for plasma-derived products, mainly immunoglobulins, has increased dramatically in recent years.

Plasma Donation and BioLife Plasma Services
BioLife Plasma Services is Takeda’s global plasma collection network and an industry leader in the collection of high-quality plasma that is processed into life-saving plasma-based therapies that benefit thousands of people every day.

Learn more about plasma donation and how to help people who require life-saving plasma-based therapies by donating your plasma.

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We at U.S. Medical Affairs at Takeda share your passion for science, evidence-based medicine, and commitment to promoting better health and brighter futures for our patients through potentially innovative medicines.

Our goal is to be readily available to support clinicians and researchers in whatever way we can. We believe the best way to improve disease outcomes is through robust and open communication about the science and clinical evidence.

That’s why we love to hear from medical professionals—to hear your questions, to understand what you’re seeing in the clinic, and to discuss research.

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