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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 is this medicine?

SODIUM OXYBATE (SOE dee um OX i bate) is used to treat excessive sleepiness and cataplexy in patients with narcolepsy. Cataplexy causes a sudden muscle weakness due to a strong emotional response. This medicine is not available in retail pharmacies. Your doctor will enroll you in a program that will provide the drug to you.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • depression, psychosis, or other mood disorders
  • heart disease or high blood pressure
  • if you frequently drink alcohol containing beverages
  • if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • liver disease
  • lung disease or difficulty breathing
  • seizures
  • succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency
  • thoughts of suicide
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to sodium oxybate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after food. Do not take with food. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

Skip the missed dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Allow at least two and one- half hours between each nightly dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • alcohol
  • barbiturates, like phenobarbital
  • medicines commonly used for anxiety, sedation or insomnia

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • bupropion
  • dronabinol or marijuana
  • medicines for psychosis or severe mood disturbances
  • muscle relaxants
  • other stimulants, although these are commonly used with sodium oxybate
  • prescription pain medicines, including tramadol

               
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