Patients With Narcolepsy Face a Dual Nightmare of Medication Shortages and Stigma

 ADHD in the News 2024-01-04

[Excerpt] Media coverage of the shortage — and even the House Democrats’ letter — has focused primarily on the harms to people with ADHD. But for those with sleep disorders, like Shand, the effects may be even more consequential. Basic tasks — like driving — become dangerous or impossible without medication. Job and school performances are threatened by the onset of sudden sleep and sometimes even paralysis. Hobbies and social lives can fall by the wayside, too. “Adderall gave me my life back,” said Shand. “Going from having a medication to not, it’s like a roller coaster you desperately want to get off.”