Does Xyrem Really Help Fibromyalgia, Or Will Any Date-Rape Drug Do?

by The Atlas of Life on May 18, 2010

date rape drug, xyrem, fibromyalgiaI have to give credit to Dr. Adam Tanase for making me aware of this topic.

I would find it almost humorous as to the ridiculous lengths drug companies will go to make money, if their tactics weren’t so devious. The drug Xyrem, and its newest potential use, is no exception.

Xyrem is actually gamma hydroxy butyrate acid, or GHB, which is sometimes referred to as sodium oxybate in medical circles. GHB is also known as the “date-rape” drug.

Here is what the Institute For Substance Abuse Treatment Evaluation has to say about GHB:

What is GHB?

GHB (gamma hydroxy butyrate acid) is a fast-acting central nervous system depressant. Though obtainable in powder and capsule form, GHB is usually available as an odorless, colorless, and nearly tasteless liquid.

How does GHB work?

The effects of GHB are usually felt 10 to 60  minutes  after ingestion. The primary effects last about 2 to 3 hours, but the residual effects of GHB can last up to a whole day. At small doses, GHB encourages a reduction of social inhibitions, an intensification of feelings of intoxication (similar to the effects of alcohol), and an increased libido. At higher doses, this euphoria gives way to sedation.

What are the side effects of GHB use?

GHB slows breathing and heart rate. Combining GHB with alcohol exacerbates these effects, and the result can be deadly. Side effects may include vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness, vertigo and seizures. At high doses, GHB can also cause muscle spasms and unconsciousness.

What are some common street names for GHB?

Common street names for GHB include battery acid, Grievous Bodily Harm, Georgia Home Boy, liquid X, or liquid G.

Xyrem was orginally meant to aid in narcolepsy treatments, but a recent study shows it could also be used and approved for Fibromyalgia.

Xyrem is the only drug that is on two drug schedules at once. It is a schedule I drug, meaning it is highly addictive and dangerous when not used for medical purposes. It is also a schedule III drug, meaning it is safe when used for medical purposes. Jazz Pharmaceuticals doesn’t allow pharmacists access to the drug, claiming they can have tighter controls on it by eliminating the middle man.

xyrem, money, prescription drugsHere’s where the potential for problem begins. Xyrem is expensive. It might cost anywhere from $500 to $1700 a month to refill your monthly prescription. Just one year ago, Xyrem cost $2,000 for one prescription (Maybe that’s why there’s no middle man?). Considering it is a schedule I drug, what if Fibromyalgia sufferers catch on and start using the street version of GHB aka the “date-rape” drug for a much cheaper price?

Sure, that’s illegal, and MDs and Jazz Pharmaceuticals might scoff at that scenario, bragging that the controls they have on prescriptions are solid (no middle man, remember?). But they are patenting and marketing an ILLEGAL drug under a legal guise. We already have legal heroine in the form of morphine, as well as medical marijuana. What’s next? Patented crack cocaine? Prescription LSD? Ecstasy for paresthesia sufferers?

Maybe you are reading this and thinking I’m jumping to conclusions. But let me point out that Jazz Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Xyrem, pleaded guilty in 2007 to charges of marketing Xyrem for unapproved purposes, such as fatigue, pain, and psychiatric disorders. Here is a summary of what they did:

- Sponsored events where speakers bombarded the doctors with the message that Xyrem should be used to treat a variety of medical conditions;

- Paid unrestricted grants to physicians as a reward or inducement to prescribe Xyrem for off-label purposes;

- Targeted physicians who were already prescribing Xyrem for aggressive sales calls to encourage off-label prescriptions;

- Paid speaker fees to doctors who promoted the use of Xyrem for off-label purposes, such as insomnia and psychiatric disorders.

For example, one physician had made well over $100,000 in just one year for giving such speeches. The doctor, Peter Gleason, admitted to giving speeches and seminars without following “evidence-based guidelines”. It was said that he once claimed “table salt is more dangerous” than Xyrem.

This is one reason why it is so important to teach your kids not to take drugs, legal or illegal, beginning at an early age. If you don’t, they might grow up thinking it’s okay to sprinkle Xyrem on their food when they grow up.

A Safe Alternative for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

upper cervical chiropractic, fibromyalgiaTime and again, Chiropractic has been shown to help with Fibromyalgia. Simply google “fibromyalgia and chiropractic care” and you’ll see for yourself. It is not a specific cure or treatment of Fibromyalgia, but removing the interference to the nervous system can result in a number of positive changes.

One thought as to why Fibromyalgia patients suffer so much is that they often suffer from another condition known as cervical spinal stenosis, a degenerative condition in which the spinal canal narrows and presses on the spinal cord and meninges. This kind of pressure will undoubtedly block normal transmission of messages between the nervous system and the body, and vice versa.

When someone has an upper cervical subluxation for a long period of time and doesn’t ever get that problem corrected, the compensatory changes occuring in the spine will speed up the degeneration process. This will lead to bone spurs, narrowed discs, fused vertebrae, or in the case of Fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis and pain.

Often the treatment for spinal stenosis is a very invasive surgery known as a laminectomy, which is removal of the lamina of the vertebra in order to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord. This is the typical allopathic answer to a problem: cover it up or cut it out.

Instead of covering it up with Xyrem, or cutting it out via a laminectomy, why not naturally restore the spine’s natural juxaposition ? Non-invasive, precise Chiropractic care just makes so much more sense.