Sodium oxybate-induced sleep driving and sleep-related eating disorder

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Hypnosedative-induced complex behaviors have gained increased attention in recent years as a potential complication of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-receptor agonist use. Sodium oxybate (SO), the sodium salt of γ-hydroxybutyrate, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, has been associated with dose-dependent rates of somnambulism; however, there is limited information about complex motor behaviors with SO. We describe a patient with narcolepsy-cataplexy who experienced one episode of sleep-driving and at least two sleep-related eating episodes with therapeutic doses of SO.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-311
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 15 2011


  • Narcolepsy
  • Parasomnia
  • Sleep driving
  • Sleep related eating disorder
  • Sodium oxybate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Neurology


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