Posted by utopizen on July 10, 2004, at 12:05:16
In reply to Re: Pdoc finally prescribed GHB (Xyrem)! » utopizen, posted by green willow on July 9, 2004, at 21:21:55
> I am interested in knowing what problem the Xyrem was originally prescribed for; I mean was it prescribed for insomnia or what in your case? Would you know if you vomitted or turned red during the night when it was originally prescribed? Was the medication a success for you or not? My sleep doc has discussed prescribing it for me and I am skeptical. Thanks.
Prescribed for Idiopathic Hypersomnolence. Basically, I was convinced I didn't have depression, and used sleep doctors to avert myself from going on any antidepressant.
Well, after going on Zoloft, Risperdal and Abilify I no longer even feel the need to take a nap (that and I finally started riding my bike for an hour every day).
NO- YOU WILL NOT KNOW IF YOU VOMIT or turned red (I have no idea what that side effect is called) in many cases. The first two weeks of using it, I was vomitting each night. My roommate casually mentioned how he's heard me vomitting each night, assuming I could remember it. It causes amnesia for the time you are taking it in many cases.
IF YOU HAVE A SLEEPING DISORDER, you are very at risk for depression. In my case, my symptoms were relieved simply by going on two antidepressants (Remeron + Zoloft, taken at BEDTIME) and Abilify (a low-side effect drug).
You can get sleepier on these for the first few weeks, but that will pass and it may very well ease your sleepiness... or at least let you cope with your disorder.
As for Xyrem, I wouldn't bother. It ruined my studies, and I got so many F's and incompletes, that I got kicked out of my top 40 college junior year. Unless you have cataplexy, it ain't worth it.
It's very important to exercise daily, and take an antidepressant if not antipsychotic as well, and to use a nasal irrigation system daily (google Hydro-Pulse).
Don't be fooled by the whole claim about improving delta wave sleep. It's far more effective to deal with your dreams and all because your mood has a lot to do with whether you feel refreshed or not.