Assessing the impact of sodium oxybate treatment on functioning, productivity, and health-related quality of life in patients with narcolepsy: findings from the Nexus Narcolepsy Registry (waves 1-4)

Sleep Med. 2021 Aug;84:380-388. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2021.06.010. Epub 2021 Jun 19.


Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of different therapy regimens, including sodium oxybate (SXB)-containing regimens, on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in people with narcolepsy.

Methods: Online surveys were used to collect information from persons with narcolepsy in the Nexus Narcolepsy Registry. Surveys contained questionnaires assessing self-reported sleep quality (SQ; via single question), daytime sleepiness and function (Epworth Sleepiness Scale and Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire), health-related quality of life (HRQoL; 36-Item Short Form Health Survey [SF-36]), work productivity and impairment (Work Productivity and Activity Impairment: Specific Health Problem), and history of injuries or motor vehicle accidents. Treatment with SXB (including monotherapy or combination therapy; SXB group) was compared with non-SXB therapy (No SXB group). The P values presented are nominal, as there are no adjustments for multiplicity.

Results: From June 2015 through December 2017, 983 participants completed 1760 surveys. SQ and daytime functioning scores were better in the SXB group compared with the No SXB group (all P < 0.001). HRQoL scores were better for the SXB group compared with the No SXB group for the SF-36 Physical Component (P = 0.016), Mental Component (P < 0.001), and all 8 subscales. Additionally, PROs were better for the SXB group for presenteeism, overall work and activity impairment, and risk of motor vehicle accidents (all P ≤ 0.001).

Conclusion: Based on participants' self-assessments, treatment regimens with SXB were associated with better outcomes than regimens not containing SXB across many PROs, including SQ, HRQoL, work and activities, and risk of traffic accidents. CLINICALTRIALS.

Gov identifier: NCT02769780.

Keywords: Excessive daytime sleepiness; Health-related quality of life; Motor vehicle accidents; Narcolepsy; Sodium oxybate; Work productivity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Narcolepsy* / drug therapy
  • Quality of Life
  • Registries
  • Sodium Oxybate*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Sodium Oxybate

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