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FDA Requires Lower
Doses for Sleep Drugs

Associated Press, by Matthew Perrone

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Posted By:SoCalGal, 1/10/2013 1:50:58 PM

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness. The agency said Thursday that new research shows that the drugs remain in the bloodstream at levels high enough to interfere with morning driving, which increases the risk of car accidents. Regulators are ordering drug manufacturers to cut the dose of the medications in half for women, who process the drug more slowly.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 1/10/2013 1:56:43 PM     (No. 9109263)

People will probably take a higher dosage than prescribed since the government is announcing to the world that the dosage must be cut.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/10/2013 2:10:08 PM     (No. 9109291)

In a perfect world, your doctor should determine the dosage.
Government intrusion is NOT welcome.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Ribicon, 1/10/2013 2:23:19 PM     (No. 9109316)

Think how many Kennedy Clan lives might be saved by this bold measure. They like driving around whacked out on drugs like these.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 1/10/2013 2:32:12 PM     (No. 9109342)

Dear FDA:

How bloody sleepy do you think people will be in the morning after you lowered their dosage and they COULDN´T GET TO SLEEP the night before?!?!?


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Reply 5 - Posted by: thelmalou, 1/10/2013 2:48:58 PM     (No. 9109383)

I have had to take Ambien for a while before, following a period extreme sleep deprivation due to some things going on in my life at that time. And I can tell you that I get a good night´s sleep on 1/4 of a pill. 1/2 of a pill makes me groggy the next day, and a whole pill (which I only ever took once) pert near puts me in a coma.

Also, drugs like this don´t work the same on eeryone. My father, for instance, was given Ambien once in the hospital, and it had the opposite effect on him - he was climbing the walls. Not a drug to play around with.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: LadyHen, 1/10/2013 3:07:40 PM     (No. 9109417)

I have taken Ambien for 5 years now. Doc gives me script for 10mg and I cut the little boogers in half per HIS instructions and sleep like a baby. Gee, silly me, never thought about asking the government to interfere, just figured since my doc said take 5 mg, I could cut that pill in half all on my lonesome and you know, well use my BRAIN to figure out that 5 is half of 10.

Now my script will cost me just as much for half the amount. Why is this the government´s province? Why is this not simply a transaction between my doctor and myself?

Yay government stupidity!! Screws us all yet again!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 1/10/2013 3:51:45 PM     (No. 9109483)

Posters 5 and 6, I had a somewhat similar experience with ambien. My trouble was I´d wake up at 1 or 2 am and could not get back to sleep. With ambien, when that happens, I take 1/4 tablet and it works about 85 percent of the time. Effective drug, but as 5 said, not to be played around with.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: frede, 1/10/2013 5:27:57 PM     (No. 9109607)

I have been using it to prevent Bad dreams. 1/2 of a 10 mg. If I wake up real early, a glass of OJ (sugar fix) lets me get back to sleep.

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