Sleep Medications 2

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Getting a good nights sleep can sometimes be difficult, sometimes its best to use a sleep aid, such as a sleeping pill. Dr. Edward Hill discusses why its important to use sleep aids responsibly in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The number of emergency-room visits related to sleep medications has dramatically increased in recent years.

Adverse reactions to zolpidemthe active ingredient in many sleep aids, including Ambienrose almost 220 percent between 2005 and 2010, according to researchers from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Zolpidem, which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has been used safely and effectively by millions of Americans, but adverse reactions to the medication have increased. Possible adverse reactions from medications containing zolpidem include:

Daytime drowsiness

Dizziness

Hallucinations

Agitation

Sleep-walking, and

Drowsiness while driving

Adverse reactions to these sleep aids could be worsened when taken with other substances, such as certain anti-anxiety drugs and narcotic pain relievers.

In response to the increase in adverse reactions, the FDA required drug manufacturers to cut the recommended dose for women in half. The FDA also recommended that drug companies reduce the dosage for men.

Consult your health care provider before taking any sleep medication.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.