Ambien-related emergencies are on the rise. The number of of emergency room visits in the USA has increased dramatically. In 2005, there were 6,000 emergency room cases involving Ambien and other medications containing the hypnotic drug zolpidem; by 2010, the number recorded was 19,000. Nearly half of the visits were initiated after individuals mixed the sedative with other drugs (anti-anxiety drugs; narcotics).
My take: Caveat emptor: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered that dosage levels for women be cut in half, and recommended that doses for men be cut too. Personally, I must say that this is not my favorite sleep medicine for use for my patients with insomnia. And certainly don’t mix it with alcohol consumption. Narcotics and Ambien do not appear to be a great mix either, in my opinion. I’m Dr. Michael Hunter.
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