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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Sleep-Driving

The Post has an interesting story about a potential side effect of Ambien, a popular sleep aid (and one you can purchase inexpensively through one of the twenty oddly-spelled spams in your junk file):

The most prescribed sleep medication in the United States may be linked to episodes of sleepwalking and related strange and dangerous behaviors, experts say -- including incidents of nocturnal eating, phone conversations, shoplifting and even driving -- of which the subject has no memory.

Sleep specialists and researchers cite a growing though still inconclusive body of reports associating Sanofi-Aventis's drug Ambien with the incidents. More than 24 million prescriptions for Ambien were written in 2004.

One woman alleges that she ate while sleeping, going from a size 1 to a size 12.  She is now part of a class action suit against the maker, Sanofi-Aventis.

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Most of the times people dont' respect prescriptions ! That is the first problem. If you take ten pills (and mix up with other substances) and drink wine or beer, you will have hallucinations (like Liddicoat - how can this "scientist" criticize a pill without any relevant proof)

Posted by: Nancy | Mar 18, 2006 8:05:50 AM

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