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Sodium Oxybate for Fibromyalgia

Sunday 19 July 2009's Adrienne Dellwo reports on promising research involving sodium oxybate for Fibromyalgia:

NEWSBRIEF: Jazz Pharmaceuticals says data from Phase III trials on JZP-6 (sodium oxybate) show the drug can ease pain, fatigue and sleep disturbance in people with fibromyalgia.

Sodium oxybate is the active ingredient in the narcolepsy drug Xyrem. It's already widely used, off label, as a fibromyalgia treatment. It's a controlled substance, however, and requires close monitoring by your doctor.

Jazz says side effects were mild to moderate and included headache, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, anxiety and sinusitis.

The company has completed a second Phase III trial and expects to announce results within the next few months. If results continue to be positive, Jazz expects to file a New Drug Application with the FDA by the end of 2009. If approved, the drug could conceivably come on the market sometime in 2010 or 2011.

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