Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The report covers Narcolepsy Market Trends and the market is segmented by Type (Cataplexy and Without Cataplexy), Product (Central Nervous System Stimulants, Sodium Oxybate, and Tricyclic Antidepressants), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa, and South America). The market provides the value (in USD million) for the above-mentioned segments.

Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market Size

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Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 9.90 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration Low

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Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market Analysis

The narcolepsy therapeutics market is anticipated to witness a CAGR of 9.9% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

COVID-19 had a significant impact on the market growth due to decreased adoption of narcolepsy therapeutics during the pandemic. For instance, according to the study titled "The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients with narcolepsy" published in April 2021, during the quarantine, the patients with narcolepsy reported changes in their bedtime and waking-up schedules, suggesting a tendency to circadian misalignment. It also reported that COVID-19 had amplified the symptoms of rare diseases such as narcolepsy in Brazil. Thus, COVID-19 had a pronounced impact on the narcolepsy therapeutics market.

The increasing prevalence of narcoleptic disorders across the world, rising stress levels, a growing geriatric population, and increasing awareness about various treatment options for this condition are some of the factors expected to propel the market. For instance, the study titled "Prevalence, incidence, and health care utilization of patients with narcolepsy: a population-representative study" published in January 2022 reported that the early incidence of narcolepsy in Europe is 0.64-1.37 per 100,000. Such a high incidence of disorder leads to the increased adoption of narcolepsy therapies, which is expected to drive the market's growth over the forecast period.

In addition, according to the study titled "Narcolepsy Presentation in Diverse Populations: an Update" published in November 2020, narcolepsy affects 0.87-1.21% of the world's population, specifically narcolepsy type 1 (NT1). The rising prevalence of narcolepsy globally creates the need for narcolepsy therapeutics for the treatment and thus contributes to the growth of the market.

The approval and commercialization of new drugs by market players may also play a crucial role in driving market growth over the coming years. For instance, in March 2021, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted Avadel's New Drug Application (NDA) for FT218, an investigational, once-nightly formulation of sodium oxybate used in the treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy in adults with narcolepsy.

Thus, owing to the abovementioned factors, the market is expected to project significant growth over the forecast period. However, delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis may hamper the growth of the narcolepsy therapeutics market.

Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market according to our research experts:

Central Nervous System Stimulants Segment is Expected to Hold a Major Share During the Forecast Period

The Central Nervous System Stimulants segment is expected to hold a major share of the market during the forecast period. According to an article published in CNS Drugs, titled "Recently Approved and Upcoming Treatments for Narcolepsy", in January 2021, treatments such as modafinil, armodafinil, and other central nervous stimulants for narcolepsy are aimed at improving wakefulness in patients with narcolepsy.

Rising research on central nervous system stimulants is expected to drive the growth of this segment. For instance, in December 2021, Harmony Biosciences Holdings, Inc., a pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing and commercializing innovative therapies for patients with rare neurological diseases, published a data analysis of CNS drugs that evaluated the time to onset of response to pitolisant for excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and cataplexy in adult narcolepsy patients. Such studies will lead to the development of novel central nervous system stimulants, thereby driving this segment's growth.

Furthermore, according to the study published in Sleep Medicine and the Evolution of Contemporary Sleep Pharmacotherapy, titled "Narcolepsy Treatment: Present and Future" in October 2021, the combination of modafinil with connexin-30 inhibitors is under development as this generates a stimulant effect within the central nervous system (CNS). The rise in the development of CNS stimulants for narcolepsy will lead to novel combinations of molecules coming into the market, thereby driving the market's growth.

In addition, according to the study published in Neurotherapeutics, titled "A practical guide to the pharmacological and behavioral therapy of Narcolepsy" in April 2021, modafinil, a CNS stimulant, has been approved by the Food and Drugs Administration and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for adult narcolepsy patients and is regarded as a good therapy due to its low potential for addiction and mild adverse effects.

Therefore, owing to the advantages of CNS stimulants in the treatment of narcolepsy, this segment is expected to drive the market over the forecast period.

Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market : Research Funding for Neurosciences (In Billions), United States, 2020-2022

North America is Expected to Hold a Significant Share in the Market Over the Forecast Period

North America is expected to hold a major share in the market studied during the forecast period. This is owing to the growing demand for sleep disorder treatment in the United States and Canada. The increasing prevalence of narcoleptic disorders has increased awareness, and high healthcare spending is anticipated to drive the market. In addition, favorable reimbursement policies for therapeutic products, a strong clinical pipeline, and rising stress levels are the other factors anticipated to promote revenue growth.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke fact sheet updated in November 2021, narcolepsy affects anywhere between 135,000 and 200,000 people in the United States. However, since this ailment is frequently misdiagnosed, the figure could be much higher. The high prevalence of narcolepsy in developed countries such as the United States will lead to increased adoption of narcolepsy therapeutics, thereby driving market growth in this region.

Furthermore, according to the news published in September 2021, Stanford researchers have proved that once-nightly narcolepsy treatment is safe and effective as a phase 3 study demonstrated that an extended-release variant of sodium oxybate lowers daytime sleepiness and attacks muscle weakness in narcolepsy patients. The rising effectiveness of narcolepsy treatments in the United States will lead to increased adoption of these therapies, thereby driving the growth of this market in this region.

In addition, in December 2021, Wake Up Narcolepsy, the charity group, received USD 1 million in donations for neurological research illnesses such as narcolepsy. The rise in donations for the development of narcolepsy treatments in the United States is further expected to drive the growth of this market in this region in the future.

All these factors are anticipated to contribute to the regional market's growth in the forthcoming years.

Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market - Growth Rate by Region

Narcolepsy Therapeutics Industry Overview

The narcolepsy therapeutics market is moderately competitive. Collaborations and acquisitions to share technology and costs for innovation in the field are expected to be observed. The market is driven by the development of novel therapies and approval by international regulatory agencies. Some of the major players include companies such as Avadel Pharmaceuticals Inc., Harmony Biosciences (BIOPROJET), Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC, Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, Novartis, Shionogi Inc., Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., among others.

Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market Leaders

  1. Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc

  2. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

  3. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

  4. Shionogi Inc

  5. Novartis International AG

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market Concentration
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Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market News

  • In March 2022, Axsome Therapeutics Inc. entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Sunosi (solriamfetol), indicated to improve wakefulness in adult patients with excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) due to narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) from Jazz Pharmaceuticals.
  • In January 2022, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Orphan Drug Exclusivity (ODE) for Xywav (calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium oxybates) oral solution developed by Jazz Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of idiopathic hypersomnia in adults.

Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Global Prevalence of Narcolepsy

      2. 4.2.2 Narcolepsy Awareness Programs and Services

      3. 4.2.3 Presence of Reimbursement Policies Regarding Narcolepsy

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Adverse Effects and Risks Related to Narcolepsy Drugs

      2. 4.3.2 Delayed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - USD million)

    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Narcolepsy with Cataplexy

      2. 5.1.2 Narcolepsy without Cataplexy

      3. 5.1.3 Secondary Narcolepsy

    2. 5.2 By Product

      1. 5.2.1 Central Nervous System Stimulants

      2. 5.2.2 Sodium Oxybate

      3. 5.2.3 Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

      4. 5.2.4 Tricyclic Antidepressants

      5. 5.2.5 Other Products

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Middle-East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa

      5. 5.3.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Avadel Pharmaceuticals

      2. 6.1.2 Harmony Biosciences (BIOPROJET)

      3. 6.1.3 Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC

      4. 6.1.4 Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

      5. 6.1.5 Novartis AG

      6. 6.1.6 Shionogi Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

      8. 6.1.8 Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd

      9. 6.1.9 Axsome Therapeutics Inc.

      10. 6.1.10 XWPharma Ltd.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

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Narcolepsy Therapeutics Industry Segmentation

As per the scope of the report, narcolepsy is a long-term neurological disorder involving decreased ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles. Symptoms include periods of excessive daytime sleepiness that last from seconds to minutes and can occur at any time. Around 70% of people experience episodes of a sudden loss of muscle strength, known as cataplexy, which can also strongly affect the emotional state of patients. The Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market is segmented by Type (Cataplexy and Without Cataplexy), Product (Central Nervous System Stimulants, Sodium Oxybate, and Tricyclic Antidepressants), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa, and South America). The market report also covers the estimated market sizes and trends for 17 different countries across major regions globally. The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

By Type
Narcolepsy with Cataplexy
Narcolepsy without Cataplexy
Secondary Narcolepsy
By Product
Central Nervous System Stimulants
Sodium Oxybate
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
Tricyclic Antidepressants
Other Products
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
South America
Rest of South America
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Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market Research FAQs

The Global Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market is projected to register a CAGR of 9.90% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc , Takeda Pharmaceutical Company , Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Shionogi Inc and Novartis International AG are the major companies operating in the Global Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Global Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market.

The report covers the Global Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Global Narcolepsy Therapeutics Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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