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Activity Date: 04/08/2019

Target Audience

This course is designed for pharmacists, nurse practitioners or other health care professionals involved in the comprehensive medication management of psychiatric and/or neurological patients.

Session Summary

Many psychiatric pharmacists may encounter patients with narcolepsy, but few psychiatric pharmacists understand the complex diagnostic parameters and treatment guidelines. Multiple medications may be used to treat narcolepsy, including traditional stimulants, modafinil, certain antidepressants, atomoxetine, and sodium oxybate. Many patients living with narcolepsy also experience disrupted nighttime sleep. Sodium oxybate and ritanserin may be helpful in improving nighttime sleep in narcolepsy but many patients may also find themselves being treated (by a physician or self-treating) with traditional sleep medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. Overuse of medications may lead to adverse effects and overall decompensation.

Course Requirements

To receive ACPE credit for the live session at the Annual Meeting, you must:

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  • Register for this course. (sign in first)
  • Attend and participate in the entire session and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity. (sign in first)
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor. (sign in first)

This course will be provided at the CPNP 2019 Annual Meeting, April 7-10, 2019. Upon successful completion, ACPE credit is reported immediately to CPE Monitor although transcripts can be retrieved by participants online at

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Marilyn N. Bulloch, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM

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Learning Objectives

  1. Evaluate symptoms, presentation, and diagnostic criteria for narcolepsy.
  2. Apply available narcolepsy treatment guidelines to design a medication regimen and monitoring plan for a patient. 
  3. Analyze available evidence for nonpharmacologic treatment of narcolepsy.
  4. Compare available treatment options for narcolepsy and comorbid psychiatric or medical conditions including insomnia.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Date: 04/08/2019
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-19-005-L01-P (Application)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPEThe College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This course provides 1.0 contact hour of knowledge-based continuing education credit from CPNP approved programming.