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Old 10-11-2005, 08:09 PM   #1
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Question Anyone tried Xyrem?

I recently tried Xyrem to help sleep problems. I slept like a log like I haven't slept in years. I have been taking it for almost 2 weeks but have been noticing that I am irritable and depressed over the last week or so. I am going off it to see if those symptoms go away. Has anyone else experienced these side effects?

 
Old 11-12-2005, 04:10 AM   #2
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Hi Boxermom: I am not trying to make you feel bad. Everyone needs sleep but sleeping pills act as a depressant. They usually last for about 6 wks. Can't you go on an antidepressant and Lorazepam for sleep. It would be much better for you and lasts forever. That is what I have been on for the last 10 years. Amitriptyline and Lorazepam. Amitriptylene unfortunately, puts the weight on you but it does have analgesic properties. I love the feeling when they kick in total pain relief - that is why I take these two. I hope I have been of some help and good luck. You can always post a message, after 10 years and going through the book of pharmacoloy, I feel I am somewhat of an expert on the subject. Again, take care

 
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Re: Anyone tried Xyrem?

Lorazepam is what they gave my hubby to take when getting his chemo. We were told it is an anti anxiety and anti nausea pill. Of course they like all chemo patients to take the anti anxiety meds before they start chemo. He had to get off of it in one week, it did make him very sleepy and also confused and disoriented. Was not a good drug for him, so please be careful when taking it.

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Hi Stillgoin, I have been on different combinations of antidepressants and sleep meds for over 9 years but have never found a combination that would provide me with the deep restorative sleep we need for our bodies to repair. I am currently on Welbutrin SR and Lexapro as antidepressants. I've used ambien and restoril for sleep. Ambien only works now when I go off for a week or two. I have tried restoril but my doctor doesn't care for it. Since my last post I have tried xyrem again at some lower doses. Seems to be working better -- good 6-7 solid hours of deep sleep, wake feeling refreshed and have some energy. Aches lessening some too. But I haven't been having the irritation as much or severe. Thanks for your info!

 
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I recently tried Xyrem to help sleep problems. I slept like a log like I haven't slept in years. I have been taking it for almost 2 weeks but have been noticing that I am irritable and depressed over the last week or so. I am going off it to see if those symptoms go away. Has anyone else experienced these side effects?

 
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I recently tried Xyrem to help sleep problems. I slept like a log like I haven't slept in years. I have been taking it for almost 2 weeks but have been noticing that I am irritable and depressed over the last week or so. I am going off it to see if those symptoms go away. Has anyone else experienced these side effects?


I have never had this symptom, I have been taking xyrem for 1 1/2 years and it has been a miracle! Maybe the depression could be just normal depression and not from the xyrem...just a thought

 
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Re: Anyone tried Xyrem?

Just to let you know that xyrem is not a sleeping pill, it's a liquid of sodium oxybate and it used to be sold in health food stores years ago. I have been taking xyrem for 1 1/2 years and it has taken me from a person who never felt refreshed no matter how many hours of sleep I had to a person who wakes up refreshed with energy (I actually can live a full life now instead of sleeping it away), it has been a true miricle and Dr. Martin Scharf's help has been the biggest blessing and miricle in my life.

 
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