SODIUM OXYBATE (Oral) (Liquid)

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fibro and sodium oxybate

I have and have had fibromyalgia for 13 or more years and the lidocaine infusions once a month are not working and I need something to ease the pain. Will sodium oxybate help with the pain? If so how and where can I get it, as my Dr. is against most d...
by Jackie in Battle Creek, MI, 08/26/2006

SODIUM OXYBATE (Oral) (Liquid) Drug and Prescription Information

SODIUM OXYBATE (Oral) (Liquid)

SODIUM OXYBATE (Oral) (Liquid) Medication Classification


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SODIUM OXYBATE (Oral) (Liquid) is used for the Treatment

Sodium Oxybate (SOE-dee-um) Treats loss of muscle control (cataplexy) that is caused by a sleep disorder (narcolepsy). This medicine is also called GHB.

When To Not Use SODIUM OXYBATE (Oral) (Liquid)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to sodium oxybate, or if you are also using another sedative-hypnotic medicine (such as Ambien®, Xanax®, Seconal®, Phenergan®), or if you have a rare metabolism disorder called succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency.

How Should You Use SODIUM OXYBATE (Oral) (Liquid)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • Use of this medicine is strictly controlled. It is against the law for you to give this medicine to anyone else. You must read, sign, and send in paperwork to have the medicine shipped to you from a central pharmacy.
  • This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Take the medicine on an empty stomach, several hours after eating. This medicine will make you drowsy very quickly. It is best to take the medicine only at bedtime or when you are ready to fall asleep.
  • Mix this medicine with 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of water before using. Measure the medicine with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup. Mix it only in the child-resistant dosing cups that came with the medicine. Mix both doses of medicine before you go to bed, and store the second dose close to your bed, out of the reach of children.
  • Take the second dose 2-1/2 to 4 hours after you take the first dose. You may need to set an alarm clock to wake you up so you can take the second dose on time.
  • Never share your medicine with anyone.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss the second dose, skip that dose and do not take any more medicine until the next night. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper SODIUM OXYBATE (Oral) (Liquid) Storage

Store SODIUM OXYBATE (Oral) (Liquid) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep SODIUM OXYBATE (Oral) (Liquid) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using SODIUM OXYBATE (Oral) (Liquid)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy (such as sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, or sedatives). Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.

SODIUM OXYBATE (Oral) (Liquid) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have breathing problems, sleep apnea, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a history of depression or drug abuse.
  • Taking too much of this medicine can cause death. Symptoms of an overdose include: Extreme tiredness, unconsciousness, shortness of breath, unsteadiness, and seizures. Call your doctor and get emergency help right away.
  • This medicine may be habit-forming. If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not take more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions. Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor.
  • Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
  • For at least 6 hours after you take this medicine, do not do anything that could be dangerous if you are not alert.

SODIUM OXYBATE (Oral) (Liquid) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Fainting or seizures
  • Severe confusion, drowsiness, or muscle weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual behaviors, sleepwalking, or thoughts of hurting yourself
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Headache, dizziness
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of bladder or bowel control

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