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Activity Dates: 05/16/2019 - 04/08/2022

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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

You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:

  • Sign in (or create a FREE account).
  • Register for this course. (sign in first)
  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date. (sign in first)
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity. (sign in first)
  • If necessary, complete the post-test retest no later than the closing activity date. (sign in first)
  • Receive a passing grade (70%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor. (sign in first)

Participants in this course must complete an examination and achieve a score of 70% or greater. Successful completion of the course also requires the completion of a course evaluation. 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 Dates: 05/16/2019 - 04/08/2022
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-19-005-H01-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.