Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Bedwetting: This medication may cause bedwetting. If you experience this, contact your doctor. To help prevent bedwetting, make sure you go to the bathroom before taking your first dose of the night.
Breathing problems: If you have sleep apnea, snoring, or lung problems, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed. This medication may cause breathing problems. If you experience difficulty breathing or stop breathing at night (sleep apnea) while taking this medication, contact your doctor.
Depression: This medication can cause depression. If you have depression or a history of depression, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience symptoms of depression such as poor concentration, changes in weight, changes in sleep, decreased interest in activities, or notice them in a family member who is taking this medication.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: This medication should only be taken at bedtime. Do not drive, operate machinery, or perform other tasks that require mental alertness for at least 6 hours after taking this medication. When you first start taking this medication, do not drive or operate machinery if you feel drowsy or confused when you wake up.
Effects on thinking/mental effects: This medication may cause confusion, hallucinations, agitation, abnormal thoughts, depression, or other behaviour changes. If you experience these, contact your doctor.
Reduced liver function: People with reduced liver function may require lower doses and close monitoring by their doctor.
Sleepwalking: Some people taking this medication experience confused behavior at night that is associated with wandering. In some instances, people have been injured while doing this. If this happens to you while you are taking this medication, contact your doctor.
Sodium content: This medication contains 91 mg of sodium per mL. If you are on a salt-restricted diet, or have high blood pressure or heart failure, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Special considerations: This medication is a controlled substance. It is illegal to sell, distribute, or give this medication to anyone else, or to use this medication for reasons other than what your doctor prescribed it for.
This medication may be misused, which may lead to serious problems such as trouble breathing, seizures, loss of consciousness, coma, and death. Abuse of this medication may also lead to dependence, medication cravings, and severe withdrawal symptoms. While you are taking this medication, your doctor will want to see you at least once every 3 months to monitor for side effects.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if sodium oxybate passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children.
Seniors: There is limited experience with this medication for seniors. Your doctor will monitor you closely for side effects.