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#1 DevonKay

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:44 PM

Has anyone else experienced all day nausea while on Xyrem? This happened to me about month after I started taking it. I wake up feeling intense nausea that eventually weakens but persists all day. I know it's the Xyrem because I stopped taking it for a few days, and the nausea disappeared. As soon as I started taking it again, the nausea returned. I can't seem to find anyone who's had similar experiences, and I'm not sure what to think.

 

I'm currently at 3.75g twice nightly.

 

And in case anyone mentions it, it isn't morning sickness.



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:03 AM

I got nauseated a few times. Once, I even puked. It's hard to tell if it was plain nausea, or if it was coming from the anxiety Xyrem caused because I also get nauseous  when I am really stressed. It sounds like your doctor has you titrating too quickly. I would back down to where you were when it didnt cause nausea, and then wait an additional week before bumping up. The rough part about Xyrem, is since it has such a short half life, you essentially go through withdrawal every morning. If I start back on it, my doc has me doing two weeks on each dose and then I'm only going up by .5 each time instead of .75.



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:11 PM

I did spend two weeks at each dose. I even stayed at 3.0g for an additional week, and the first few days on 3.75g didn't bother me at all. It's a big disappointment considering it was working so well for me before. The 24/7 nausea is more than I can handle.



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Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:41 PM

I hate to say it, but it seems like you're butting your head up against the same wall I did, the jump from 3.0 to 3.75. Does the 3.0 do anything for you therapeutically speaking? It was a terrible catch 22 for me, because in order to get any positive effects, I had to increase my dosage to the level where the side effects were too much to handle.



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Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:49 AM

3.0g was helping for awhile, so I stayed there until it started to become less effective.  Right now I'm wondering if the nausea might be worth it? I've been miserable the last few days, so I guess the Xyrem was helping more than I thought.

 

I'm going to try again tomorrow, starting at 3.0g for a couple more weeks.



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Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:31 AM

My son had really bad nausea for 3 (yes, 3) months. However he liked  how he felt on Xyrem so much that he stuck it out and it eventually went away. It reminded me of morning sickness. He had been on Provigil before and didn't think it did much for him.

 

Lower the dose and see how long you can stick it out, its worth it in the end. You could try ginger tea to help in the morning.



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:20 PM

We'll I took a 6 day break from the Xyrem before everything got to be too much to handle. (I don't have any stimulants right now.) I've been back on it for two days now, and the nausea has not returned full force. My stomach is uneasy for maybe an hour after I wake up, but it goes away.

 

Also, against my better judgement, I started back at the 3.75 because 3.0 just didn't work. I didn't think that short of a vacation would matter, either. I'm not experiencing the "rested" feeling anymore. It's hard to wake up and get out of bed. I suppose I should just give it time? Or maybe it's too high or too low? I'm not sure. I'm going down to 3.0 tonight and just work my way up again.

 

I'm so frustrated. I wish it would just work for me. I also noticed the nagging depression and anxiety I've been feeling improved over the last few days. I guess there's something else I can attribute to the Xyrem.



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:52 PM

Careful with that depression and anxiety. I took a 3 day holiday not by choice and when I started back at 3.75 I started having crippling panic attacks a week later. I've been off of the X for two weeks now completely and I am still having many miserable days full of anxiety. That rapid on/off knocked a screw loose in me, so just keep an eye on it and if you have any acute panic attacks, call your doctor immediately.



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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:18 PM

I've always been prone to anxiety and panic attacks, so I didn't think it being worse lately could be attributed to the Xyrem. But the improvement I saw over the week I was off of the Xyrem has me convinced. I'm going to give it a week or two. If I'm not seeing any benefit or the negative side effects get worse, I'm going to stop taking it.

 

I can always try again sometime down the road.



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:54 PM

That's a good way to look at it. I don't want to discourage you from trying it. I'm just concerned for you so you don't end up like me curled up in a ball to far gone to even think to call for help.