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Description

Sodium oxybate, also known as gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), is a central nervous system depressant that is used to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder. It works by increasing the amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, which helps to reduce the symptoms of narcolepsy. Sodium oxybate is available in both oral and injectable forms.

Common side effects of sodium oxybate include dizziness, nausea, headache, drowsiness, and confusion. It can also cause an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, as well as an increase in appetite. In rare cases, it can cause seizures, hallucinations, and coma.

Brand names associated with sodium oxybate include Xyrem, Somnox, and GHB.

Synonyms
  • 'cherry meth'
  • 'fantasy'
  • 'G-riffic'
  • 'GBH'
  • 'Georgia home boy'
  • 'goop'
  • 'great hormones at bedtime'
  • 'grievous bodily harm'
  • 'jib'
  • 'liquid E'
  • 'liquid ecstasy'
  • 'liquid G'
  • 'liquid X'
  • 'organic quaalude'
  • 'salty water'
  • 'scoop'
  • 'sleep'
  • 'sleep-500'
  • 'somatomax'
  • 'vita-G'
  • 4-hydroxybutryic acid
  • gamma hydroxybutyric acid
  • GHB
  • sodium oxybate
Classifications
  • general anesthetic
  • GHB receptor agonist
  • street drug

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