Published: Sat, December 31, 2016
World | By Tasha Manning | Dr Marisela Talks About Health and Medical Issues

Surprisingly, there are approximately 100 million Americans who suffer from a sleep disorder, an alarming number when one realizes that this statistic refers to a basic need of life. In some patients, the root of the problem is a medical condition, such as sleep apnea, while in others, the cause is psychological stress. However, regardless of the main cause, most patients with a sleep disorder resort to taking medications that will help them cope with their sleepless nights. Among the available medications formulated for insomnia, zolpidem (Ambien aka) has become a favorite. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved this drug in 1992 and since then, its use has multiplied. At one point, it became the drug of choice for insomnia, generating two trillion dollars per year in income. Its popularity is not unfounded, since zolpidem is both an effective and fast-acting drug. However, zolpidem is associated with a number of serious adverse effects, prompting the FDA to modify its dosing recommendations in 2013. However, despite these reviews, significant adverse effects continue to occur, and patients who Take this drug should be aware of these effects.

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