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Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Sodium Oxybates (Xywav®) in Sleep Disorders: A Profile of Its Use

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posted on 2022-04-03, 23:06 authored by Young-A Heo


Funding The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

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Calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium oxybates (Xywav®; hereafter referred to as lower-sodium oxybate), a new oxybate formulation with a greatly reduced sodium burden compared with previously approved sodium oxybate (Xyrem®), is approved for the treatment of cataplexy and excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) in adults and children aged ≥ 7 years with narcolepsy, and is the first drug approved for the treatment of idiopathic hypersomnia in adults in the USA. In two pivotal double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trials of randomized-withdrawal design, lower-sodium oxybate effectively improved EDS and cataplexy in adults with narcolepsy, and EDS and overall symptoms in adults with idiopathic hypersomnia during open-label titration and optimization periods. At the end of the double-blind, randomized withdrawal period, participants randomized to switch to placebo experienced significant worsening of these symptoms compared with those randomized to continue lower-sodium oxybate. Furthermore, worsening in patient- and clinical-rated global scales, as well as measures of health-related quality of life were also seen with placebo versus lower-sodium oxybate. Lower-sodium oxybate is generally well tolerated, with the tolerability profile being largely consistent to that seen with sodium oxybate.

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