ER Visits Associated with Prescription Sleep Drug Ingredient Surge more than 200 Percent in 5 Years

Defective Drugs

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required the manufacturers of drugs that include zolpidem—the active ingredient in many prescription sleep medications—to halve the recommended dose for women; now comes a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that the number of emergency room visits stemming from adverse reactions to zolpidem has increased more than 200 percent from 2005 to 2010.

Although there have been no drug recalls associated with medications containing zolpidem, dangerous pharmaceuticals harm thousands of innocent consumers every year, and injuries often occur before the drugs are recalled. If you believe you or a loved one was harmed due to a medication that was defective or lacked sufficient warning of side-effects, an experienced product liability attorney can review your circumstances free of charge and advise you on your legal options.

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Zolpidem was approved by the FDA for the short-term treatment of insomnia and it is the active ingredient in popular prescription medications including Ambien, Ambien CR, Zolpimist and Edluar. According to the SAMHSA report, there were nearly 19,500 zolpidem-related emergency room visits in 2010, up from just over 6,000 in 2005; nearly 68 percent of the emergency room visits were female patients.

Zolpidem’s side-effects include daytime drowsiness, dizziness, agitation, hallucinations and sleep-walking. However, the adverse reactions can be enhanced when a drug containing zolpidem is taken in conjunction with other medications, such as anti-anxiety drugs.

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