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It hit me when I was twenty and progressively (rapidly, really) grew worse these past years. At one point I slept 22 hours a day and barely dragged myself out of bed at that. The weird thing is that I also have symptoms of narcolepsy, though my sleep study did not show me to be narcoleptic. I have frequent hallucinations upon waking like narcoleptics do. My life was nonexistent until I scoured the internet for alternate treatments for my hypersomnia -- adderall alone wasn't cutting it, and some of the stims made me manic. If any of you are struggling with idiopathic hypersomnia, I cannot recommend Clarithromycin (antibiotic), Minocin (antibiotic), or Levothyroxine (thyroid medication) enough. Doctors don't know WHY these medications help people with IH, but a lot of the time they do, and it can be a life saver. Currently I am on 25 mcg of Levothyroxine and the difference is night and day. The drug Flumazenil (used in benzo overdoses, I believe) is supposedly to be the best alternate treatment, but I don't need it with the others available. Just wondering if anyone else here suffers from idiopathic hypersomnia (or just plain hypersomnia) and what their experience with treatments/coping has been like. I also wanted to share the info about Flumazenil/Clari/Minocin/Levothyroxine, just in case someone isn't getting enough relief from stimulants and needs something else like I did.