Driving While Ambien'ed
The latest driving under the influence craze is upon us. Driving while Ambien'ed. I've heard of sleep-eating while Ambien'ed and amnesia from Ambien, but sleep-driving? Apparently, it's happening more and more.
Ambien, the nation's best-selling prescription sleeping pill, is showing up with regularity as a factor in traffic arrests, sometimes involving drivers who later say they were sleep-driving and have no memory of taking the wheel after taking the drug. In some state toxicology laboratories Ambien makes the top 10 list of drugs found in impaired drivers.
26.5 million Ambien scripts are written every year.
Ambien's maker, Sanofi-Aventis, says the drug's record after 13 years of use in this country shows it is safe when taken as directed. ...A spokeswoman for the F.D.A. said the drug's current label warnings, which say it should not be used with alcohol and in some cases could cause sleepwalking or hallucinations, were adequate.
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