I've been lurking since my doctor referred me to this site when he diagnosed me w/N so I could familiarize myself w/the medication. I started the medicine about 2 weeks ago, at 2.25 x2. The instructions had me move up to 3.00 the 2nd and 3rd week in case the lower dose didn't work. It didn't, and neither did the 3.00. So before writing my new refill, I was asked to try the 3.75 x2 instead. It almost worked, but not quite, so we went up another .75 ml the next night.
Well, I felt like death the next day, and I think it was because of the Sodium. I don't like things really salty, so I never add salt to anything, and so I think the large dose of Sodium sent a shock wave through my system. I was hesitant to take it again the next night because I was trying to drink water like a mad man to eliminate the excess sodium. I was definitely feeling dizzy all day, the same way I feel when the Xyrem is starting to kick in and put me to sleep. I did end up taking the 3.00 mg last night (the sickness was yesterday). But I felt like the sodium had started to pass because I was urinating more and had diarrhea. This morning I woke up and literally had to sit down in the shower because I felt too weak to get up. This was followed by vomiting, more diarrhea, and now I'm just urinating.
Luckily I have a desk job, so I made it into work at 10am, and it's now 12:35 and for the first time in a few days I'm actually starting to have an inkling of an appetite, so I take that as a good sign, but I don't really feel like eating if that makes sense. I have been drinking water like crazy, been trying to increase my potassium intake, and I took a vitamin this morning which may be why I started feeling a little better afterwards. I think I'm going to skip tonight because my boyfriend's birthday is tomorrow and I am supposed to take him to a meal (I guess I'll just drink water :/) and I really don't want to be feeling crappy tomorrow night. I also have been drinking green tea slowly with a little bit of sugar today, was hoping that would help me pass it through my system faster.
Has anyone on here suffered from a "sodium hangover"? It's terrible. Even my vomit tastes salty!! If anyone has experienced this or something similar, I'd appreciate some tips and I'd be curious to know how long it took you to get to normal.
BTW- lesson learned. When I was reading the sodium content, I thought it was HALF the amount it says. For example, when I read that 3mg of Xyrem had 550 mg of Sodium, I was thinking 550 on the double dose of 3mg, not 1100!! I was thinking, that's not so bad, so I didn't drink enough water. I understand now the importance of sucking down the water bottles now and definitely won't make this mistake again, but I'd be eternally grateful if anyone could help me get through this hump .