Archive | 05/13/2010
GHB

GHB for Fibromyalgia?

I stumbled across an article on WebMD touting the benefits of Xyrem, a medication that’s now being recommended to Fibromyalgia sufferers.

The new study was presented at the annual meeting of the American Pain Society. According to Kim Dupree Jones, PhD, more than half of the study’s participants taking Xyrem reported a 30% improvement in pain, and experienced less fatigue and stiffness.

Sounds promising… until you read the end of the article. I simply couldn’t ignore this tiny nugget of information about the “new” wonder drug:

Xyrem is a central nervous system depressant also known as gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB). GHB, sometimes referred to as the “date-rape drug,” has a high potential for abuse … At doses similar to those used in the treatment of narcolepsy, Xyrem can cost $500 a month.”

So let me get this straight… Jazz Pharmaceuticals (the maker of Xyrem), is suggesting that Fibromyalgia sufferers pay them $500 per month to take the date-rape drug (also known as Cherry Meth, Easy Lay, and Liquid Ecstasy) every night before going to bed?

Now read over this excerpt from the Institute for Substance Abuse Treatment Evaluation (ISATE):

Am I the only one who thinks that this is a really bad idea?


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