Millions of Americans suffer from health issues each year. Some people have serious issues and others suffer from minor things, like season allergies.
In nearly all cases, a medication is prescribed that attempts to help the patient feel better. Now, a new study has just come out that has some people concerned.
According to reports, the FDA has put a "Black box" warning on a popular drug. Ambien, and other sleep medicines, are potentially far more dangerous than originally thought.
"Ambien and other prescription sleep medications are getting a new "black box" warning label from the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA). This type of label is the strongest that the agency issues, calling attention to side effects that can lead to serious injury or death," reported Fox.
The warning will now appear on the boxes and patients will have to receive education about the drug before it can be prescribed. Many people are considering looking for an alternative medication altogether.
"The FDA investigated data spanning 26 years, and found 66 examples of complex sleep behaviors associated with these medications. Patients performed actions that led to hypothermia or lost limbs after exposure to extreme cold; there were instances of carbon-monoxide poisoning, drowning, apparent suicide attempts, self-inflicted gunshot wounds and car crashes — with the patient at the wheel," according to reports.
Sleep is still being studied by experts. The warning definitely spells trouble for the company behind the famous drug.
It is not well understood how these medications trigger complex sleep behaviors that can lead to injury, FDA officials said. The agency will continue to monitor insomnia medications and evaluate the risks that are linked to them, to determine if further actions will be required, Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in the statement on Fox.
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