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Xyrem Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is sodium oxybate (Xyrem)?
- What are the possible side effects of sodium oxybate (Xyrem)?
- What is the most important information I should know about sodium oxybate (Xyrem)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking sodium oxybate (Xyrem)?
- How should I take sodium oxybate (Xyrem)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Xyrem)?
- What happens if I overdose (Xyrem)?
- What should I avoid while taking sodium oxybate (Xyrem)?
- What other drugs will affect sodium oxybate (Xyrem)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Xyrem)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, but only at bedtime or during your normal sleeping hours. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Xyrem)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of sodium oxybate can be fatal.
What should I avoid while taking sodium oxybate (Xyrem)?
Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with sodium oxybate. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol.
Sodium oxybate must not be taken with other drugs that are used for sleep or sedation.
Sodium oxybate will cause drowsiness and can impair your thinking or reactions. You may still feel sleepy the morning after taking this medicine. Wait at least 6 hours or until you are fully awake before you drive, operate machinery, pilot an airplane, or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
What other drugs will affect sodium oxybate (Xyrem)?
Do not take sodium oxybate with other medicines that make you sleepy or slow your breathing. Ask your doctor before taking sodium oxybate with a cold medicine, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Other drugs may interact with sodium oxybate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about sodium oxybate.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Xyrem Information
- Xyrem Drug Interactions Center: sodium oxybate oral
- Xyrem Side Effects Center
- Xyrem Overview including Precautions
- Xyrem FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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