It's unknown what causes narcolepsy, so we are not sure if medications can cause narcolepsy. It seems that there are genes strongly associated with narcolepsy. These genes control the production of chemicals in the brain that may signal sleep and awake cycles. Some scientists think narcolepsy may be due to a deficiency in the production of a chemical called hypocretin by the brain. In research, it is likely narcolepsy involves multiple factors that interact to cause neurological dysfunction and REM sleep disturbances.
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