By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2019 6 Comments
    Beware Zolpidem Zombies on Airplanes

    One of the most popular prescription sleeping pills in the pharmacy is zolpidem (Ambien). At last count, over 19 million prescriptions were dispensed annually. Despite its popularity, zolpidem remains…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2019 6 Comments
    What Took the FDA So Long to Warn About Z-Drug D…

    The Food and Drug Administration seems to take great pride in approving new drugs. Last year was “An All-Time Record, And A Watershed,” according to Forbes (Jan. 14, 2019).  The FDA shattered…

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2019 3 Comments
    Popular Sleeping Pills Get FDA’s Black Box War…

    The Food and Drug Administration has issued a black box warning for the most popular sleeping pills on the market. This is the heaviest tool in the FDA’s toolkit, short of banning a medicine outrigh…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2018 14 Comments
    A DUI Driving Citation After Taking Ambien (Zolp…

    Americans love sleeping pills, especially Ambien (zolpidem). At last count nearly 20 million prescriptions are dispensed annually in the U.S. Once people start taking Ambien (zolpidem), many keep on t…

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2017 43 Comments
    Sleeping Pills for Seniors: A Scary Solution for…

    Do you have trouble sleeping? That’s just a natural outcome of accumulating lots of birthdays, right? Actually, insomnia is not a normal consequence of aging. According to the National Poll on Healt…

    By: Joe Graedon June 19, 2017 9 Comments
    Do Zolpidem (Ambien) Side Effects Include Horrib…

    Zolpidem remains a very popular prescription sleeping aid. When it was only available as the brand name drug Ambien, millions took it to get a "good night's sleep." These days zolpidem (Ambien) side e…

    By: Terry Graedon June 2, 2014 12 Comments
    Sleeping Pill Problems Prompt Reader to Quit

    People are caught in a terrible double bind. On the one hand they are told that chronic sleep deprivation can have negative health consequences including an increased risk of weight gain, type 2 diabe…

    By: Terry Graedon May 17, 2012 0 Comments
    Sleepwalking Is Common

    Americans are surprisingly active at night. That's the conclusion of a survey of more than 19,000 adults. Nearly one in three reported that they have walked in their sleep at some point. People who ta…