High cumulative doses of the sleep aid Ambien have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease in elderly individuals, according to a retrospective study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. Ambien contains the active ingredient zolpidem, which is also found in the brand name sleep aids Intermezzo, Edluar and Zolpimist. It is a prescription medication used to treat insomnia. The study involved the evaluation of nearly 7,000 patients 65 and older who had never been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Half were prescribed zolpidem and the other half were not. Among the group taking zolpidem, 71 percent were taking what ... Read More
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