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Generic: sodium oxybate
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It is used to treat excessive sleepiness and cataplexy in patients with narcolepsy
               



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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

The use of this medicine requires careful supervision. Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine if you have been taking it for a long time. Withdrawal symptoms may occur. Your doctor or health care professional may need to slowly stop your doses.

This medicine may affect your concentration or function. Let your doctor or health care professional know if you have increased sleepiness or confusion during the day.

This medicine causes sleep very quickly. You should only take this drug at bedtime, while in bed. Do not drive a car, operate heavy machinery or perform any activities that require mental alertness for at least 6 hours after taking this drug. Use extreme care in any such daily activities until you know how this medicine affects you.

Because alcohol may interfere with this medicine and may cause serious side effects, you must avoid alcohol- containing beverages while on this medicine. Do not take this medicine along with sleep medicines or other drugs with strong sedative effects, serious side effects may occur.

This medicine can be dangerous in overdose. If you take more than prescribed or take it by accident, get emergency medical help right away.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • confusion
  • fast, irregular heartbeat
  • increased blood pressure, particularly if you already have high blood pressure
  • memory loss
  • seizures
  • sleepwalking
  • tremors or shaking movements
  • urinary incontinence

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • headache
  • increased urination
  • nausea, vomiting or stomach upset
  • unusual dreams

               
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