I finally started Xyrem, and it's for the birds. I was advised to start very low and work my way up to 2.25g per dose. All the message boards that talk about GHB say that you should never start higher than 1 gram, so, my first dose was just 1 gram.
Within seconds of downing it, I got a "brain zap" -- a jolt to my head. The best way I can describe it is that feeling you get in your stomach when you're in an elevator and it starts to quickly descend from a stopped position, only the feeling is in your brain and feels like an electric shock wave -- a mini-seizure. This happened a few more times, and the Xyrem didn't knock me out at all.
The next time I tried it at just 0.5 grams. At that dose, absolutely nothing happened. So, I increased it to 0.75 grams on the next attempt and the brain zaps returned. No sleep. No nausea. No dizziness.
Has anyone else experienced this side effect? It's a really uncomfortable feeling and because of it I'm reluctant to go higher. I'm used to Ambien or Lunesta knocking me out with no in-between.