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Consumer Updates Some Sleep Drugs Can Impair Driving

11/14/2014
02:03 | Author: Nick Jenkins

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Consumer Updates Some Sleep Drugs Can Impair Driving

FDA is requiring that the recommended dose be lowered for some sleep drugs containing zolpidem, including Ambien, because they could.

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Some Sleep Drugs Can Impair Driving - National Sleep Foundation

9/13/2014
12:54 | Author: Lauren Ross

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Some Sleep Drugs Can Impair Driving - National Sleep Foundation

Many people take sleep aids to help treat their insomnia. Zolpidem is a sedative-hypnotic medication and a common ingredient in many common sleep.

Zolpidem is one of the most common active ingredients in prescription sleep aids. It has been on the market for nearly 20 year and about nine million patients have received it from retail pharmacies in 2011.

The FDA is particularly concerned about extended-release forms of zolpidem because they stay in the body longer. New data shows that people taking these medications have drug levels that are high enough to impair driving. Women are especially vulnerable to these effects because zolpidem is cleared from their bodies slower than in men.

Although drowsiness is listed as a side effect along with warnings of next day drowsiness, people with high levels of zolpidem in their blood can be impaired even if they feel awake. “All insomnia drugs are potent medication, and they must be used carefully,” says Russell Katz, MD, director of the FDA’s Division of Neurology Products.

The FDA has informed manufacturers that the following changes should be made:

Many people take sleep aids to help treat their insomnia. The Food and Drug Administration reminds consumers that some insomnia medication could inhibit their ability to drive safely.

These medications are sold as a generic drug under the brand name Ambien CR. The FDA also found that some medications containing the immediate-release form of zolpidem can impair driving. They are marketed as generic drugs under the following brand name:

The FDA has informed manufacturers that the recommended dose for medications containing zolpidem should be lowered. Zolpidem is a sedative-hypnotic medication and a common ingredient in many common sleep medications.

The FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System has logged approximay 700 reports of zolpidem used and impaired driving ability and accidents.

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FDA Recommends Reducing Doses of Sleep Drugs Containing

7/12/2014
02:31 | Author: Nick Jenkins

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FDA Recommends Reducing Doses of Sleep Drugs Containing

FDA Recommends Reducing Doses of Sleep Drugs Containing Zolpidem The current recommended doses of popular sleep drugs Ambien, Ambien CR.

The FDA also issued a Drug Safety Communication cautioning that morning drowsiness is a common side effect of all insomnia drugs, not just those containing zolpidem. Even people who do not feel impaired may experience reduced alertness the day after taking a sleep drug. However, the FDA noted that each patient and situation is unique and that the appropriate dose should be discussed with a health care professional.

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UCR Today Sleep Discovery Could Lead to Therapies That Improve

5/11/2014
04:28 | Author: David Perry

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UCR Today Sleep Discovery Could Lead to Therapies That Improve

“We found that a very common sleep drug can be used to increase sleepers were given varying doses of zolpidem (Ambien) or sodium.

A total of 49 men and women between the ages of 18 and 39 who were normal sleepers were given varying doses of zolpidem (Ambien) or sodium oxybate (Xyrem), and a placebo, allowing several days between doses to allow the pharmaceuticals to leave their bodies. Researchers monitored their sleep, measured sleepiness and mood after napping, and used several tests to evaluate their memory.

“We know very little about it,” said Mednick, who began studying sleep in the early 2000s with research into how naps benefit perceptual learning.

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Sleep Drugs Preserve Bad Memories - Business Insider

3/10/2014
06:45 | Author: Kayla Henderson

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Sleep Drugs Preserve Bad Memories - Business Insider

Previously, study researcher Sara Mednick, of the University California Riverside, had found that sleep drugs containing zolpidem actually.

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Ambien improved the ability to recall emotions and information better than both the placebo and another sleep drug called Xyrem (sodium oxydate), but most of what the subjects remembered was negative or upsetting.

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Shutterstock People who take the popular sleep drug Ambien are more likely to recall bad or upsetting memories, says new research.

Ambien, generically available as zolpidem, is a prescription sleep aid made by French pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis.

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