What is Xyrem?

Xyrem is sodium oxybate, which is a central nervous system depressant. This medication is used to treat cataplexy (sudden loss of muscle strength) and reduce daytime sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy.

Xyrem is also known as GHB, which is a known street drug of abuse. Xyrem is available only from a certified pharmacy under a special program called Xyrem Success Program because of the potential for abuse and the serious side effects that may occur while taking this medication. If you are prescribed this medication your doctor must be registered in the program.

Important Information about Xyrem

You should not drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy or slow your breathing. These side effects could be fatal.

Xyrem may be habit forming. It is important to take this medication as directed to avoid developing a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome.

Xyrem is known as the powerful street drug GHB. Do not share this medication with others. Keep Xyrem in a safe place, this is a sought out drug by abusers.

 

Xyrem Side Effects

Along with the desired effects of Xyrem there are often side effects associated with its use. Most commonly patients experience the following side effects;

  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • abnormal thinking
  • acid or sour stomach
  • back pain
  • belching
  • body aches or pain
  • chills
  • congestion
  • colds
  • cough or hoarseness
  • cramps
  • diarrhea
  • dreams, abnormal
  • dryness or soreness of the throat
  • fear
  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • heartburn
  • heavy bleeding
  • hoarseness
  • indigestion
  • joint pain
  • lower back or side pain
  • nausea
  • pain
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • painful or difficult urination
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sleep disorder
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • stuffy nose
  • sweating
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • tightness of the chest or wheezing
  • trouble with breathing
  • trouble with swallowing
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • voice changes
  • vomiting

Other common side effects to Xyrem may require you to  immediately contact your Doctor, these include;

  • Blurred vision
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feeling
  • change in vision
  • confusion
  • discouragement
  • dizziness
  • feeling sad or empty
  • headache
  • impaired vision
  • irritability
  • lack of appetite
  • lack or loss of strength
  • loss of bladder control
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • loss of memory
  • loss of strength or energy
  • muscle pain or weakness
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • problems with memory
  • sleepwalking
  • slow or fast heartbeat
  • tiredness
  • trouble concentrating
  • trouble sleeping

Xyrem Uses

Xyrem is a central nervous system depressant that is used to treat cataplexy (sudden loss of muscle strength) and reduce daytime sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy. Xyrem is used in a medical setting as a general anesthetic, to treat conditions such as insomnia, clinical depression, and alcoholism, and to improve athletic performance.

Xyrem is also known as GHB which is a powerful street drug. This medication is sought out by abusers for its intoxicating effects. Xyrem is also known as a date rape drug when mixed with alcohol, which is used to sedate victim and blur their memory of the evens that have occurred.

Prolonged use of Xyrem may cause a tolerance, requiring larger doses to achieve the desired effects. The mind and body becomes dependent on Xyrem and when abruptly stopping the use of this medication users will experience unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal.

Xyrem Dosage and Directions

The recommended starting dose for Xyrem is 4.5 grams (g) per night administered orally in two equally divided doses. The dose can be 1.5 g per night at weekly intervals for therapeutic effect. The average maintenance dose of Xyrem is 6 g to 9 g per night orally. Doses should not exceed 9 g daily.