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Sodium Oxybate
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Sodium Oxybate Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(SOW dee um ox i BATE)

U.S. Brand Names


Canadian Brand Names


Pharmacologic Category

Central Nervous System Depressant

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine may be habit-forming. Make sure that you understand this medicine, what it is used for, how to use it, and when to go back to healthcare provider. Avoid alcohol or other medicines that slow your actions and reactions.

• This medicine is available only through the Xyrem® Patient Success Program.®

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 16 years of age.

• If you have an allergy to sodium oxybate or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency.

• If you are on a low-salt or salt-free diet.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Sodium oxybate helps to decrease weakness.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine on an empty stomach.

• Keep the same amount of time between the last food of the day and the first dose.

• Take two doses each night.

• Take this medicine at a similar time every night.

• Prepare each dose before going to bed.

• Mix liquid with 1/4 cup of water.

• Place in child-resistant dosing cups on bedside table.

• Take first dose at bedtime after getting into bed.

• Separate doses by at least 21/2 to 4 hours.

• Set alarm clock to wake up for second dose.

• Stay in bed after taking doses.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• If you miss the second dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store in original container at room temperature.

• Throw away any unused medicine by flushing down toilet or sink.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

• Read the package insert for more details.

Created: 2006-10-13 12:49:27.0

Modified: 2010-03-22 11:01:14.0

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