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FDA Calls for Reducing Dosages of Sleeping Pill Lunesta

10/23/2014
07:35 | Author: Kate Thompson

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FDA Calls for Reducing Dosages of Sleeping Pill Lunesta

A year and a half after the FDA required manufacturers to reduce recommended dosages of Ambien for women, there is a call to reduce the.

This is a general rule for most medications – take the lowest dose possible that is effective. “To help ensure patient safety, health care professionals should prescribe, and patients should take, the lowest dose of a sleep medicine that effectively treats their insomnia,” Ellis Unger, of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement.

“In 2013, the FDA said, approximay 3 million prescriptions of Lunesta were dispensed to nearly a million patients in the United States.

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Having Trouble Sleeping? Pills are not a Safe Solution National

12/22/2014
05:10 | Author: Caitlin White

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Having Trouble Sleeping? Pills are not a Safe Solution National

When we hear “sleeping pills,” most of us think of prescription drugs such name zolpidem), Restoril (temazepam), and Lunesta (eszopiclone).

For that reason, it is not possible to say whether the risk of Lunesta is really higher. All the sleeping pills showed a similar increased risk of death except Lunesta, which showed a more than 500% increased risk compared to any of the other sleeping pills. However, Lunesta was a relatively new drug at the time of the study, and relatively few people took it.

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Among study participants, the most commonly prescribed sleeping pill was zolpidem (a nonbenzodiazepine marketed as Ambien, Edluar, or Zolpimist), followed by temazepam (a benzodiazepine).

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FDA Reduce doses of Lunesta sleeping pill to curb next-day

10/21/2014
03:35 | Author: Kate Thompson

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FDA Reduce doses of Lunesta sleeping pill to curb next-day

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration is worried that a sleeping pill you take tonight could make for a riskier drive to work.

Lunesta, made by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, also recently became available in generic form. In 2013, the FDA said, about 3 million prescriptions of Lunesta were dispensed to nearly a million patients in the United States. The new rules, including changes to existing labels, will apply to the brand-name and generic forms of the drug.

That move affected the labeling of drugs that contain zolpidem, a widely used ingredient in sleep aids.

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