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What are concerns regarding the use of drugs for insomnia?

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In 2007, the FDA issued warnings for prescription sleep drugs, alerting patients that they can cause rare allergic reactions and complex sleep-related behaviors, including "sleep driving." In 2013, the FDA also warned people that taking sleeping medication at night can impair their ability to drive or be fully alert -- even the next day.

From: Drugs to Treat Insomnia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Clinicaltrials.gov. 

Takeda Pharmaceuticals. 

Neurocrine Biosciences. 

Provogil.com. 

The National Sleep Foundation. 

Donna Arand, clinical director, Kettering Sleep Disorders Center, Kettering, Ohio. 

Thomas Roth, MD, director, Sleep Disorders and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit. 

FDA Health Advisory, March 14, 2007. 

WebMD Medical News: "Oral Spray Drug Zolpimist Approved." 

FDA: "Silenor Medication Guide." 

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 14, 2017

SOURCES: 

Clinicaltrials.gov. 

Takeda Pharmaceuticals. 

Neurocrine Biosciences. 

Provogil.com. 

The National Sleep Foundation. 

Donna Arand, clinical director, Kettering Sleep Disorders Center, Kettering, Ohio. 

Thomas Roth, MD, director, Sleep Disorders and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit. 

FDA Health Advisory, March 14, 2007. 

WebMD Medical News: "Oral Spray Drug Zolpimist Approved." 

FDA: "Silenor Medication Guide." 

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 14, 2017

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