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Wake-Up Call: FDA Pushes Drugmakers To Weaken Sleeping Pills

Sleeping Pills

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  • Studies recently submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that blood levels of zolpidem (found in Ambien and other sleeping pills) above 50 ng/mL may impair driving to a degree that increases the risk of an accident
  • As currently prescribed, anywhere from 15-33 percent of women may have residual levels of sleeping pills in their system that could significantly increase their risk of an accident even 8 hours after use
  • According to the FDA, the recommended dosage of zolpidem for women, who appear more susceptible to its effects than men, should be essentially cut in half
  • Any insomnia drug has the potential to make you feel drowsy or impair your driving the next day – even if you feel fully alert

By Dr. Mercola

Ambien, Edluar, Zolpimist and other drugs that contain the active ingredient zolpidem are the most widely used sleeping pills in the United States. In 2011 alone, an estimated 40 million prescriptions for such drugs were dispensed.


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