The popular prescription sleep medication Ambien and others that contain the active ingredient zolpidem are sending an increasing number of people to the emergency room, a new study has found. Researchers with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) pored through data from a public health surveillance system and found a near 220 percent increase from 2005 to 2010 in emergency room visits involving side effects related to these sleep aids. Zolpidem-containing drugs include the brand names Ambien, Ambien CR, Intermezzo, Stilnox and Sublinox, as well as generic versions. The medication is used to treat insomnia and, in some ... Read More
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