SLEEPING PILL DOSES SHOULD BE CUT IN HALF TO PREVENT DROWSY DRIVING, SAYS FDA

Jan 11, 2013

By Jane Brown

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If you take sleeping pills, this news will interest you.

The U-S Food and Drug Administration has ordered makers of Ambien and related drugs to cut their dose in half to prevent morning sluggishness caused by the popular insomnia treatment.

The agency says it has received reports of driving accidents caused by the drugs for years.

But recently one drugmaker performed the first studies measuring patients’ driving ability while taking various drug doses.

The F-D-A action only affects medicines containing the drug zolpidem — other popular sleeping drugs like Lunesta and Sonata contain different drugs.

Ambien is sold in Canada under the name:  Stilnoct.

 

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