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Zopiclone is not a safe alternative to sleeping pills

Zopiclone is a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic often prescribed to insomniacs by their doctors on the assumption that they're safer than other types of sleeping pills. Unfortunately that's not the case and some experts are growing concerned that the so-called 'Z drugs' are being over-prescribed and that this has been taking place for [...]

Lorediplon wants to cure your insomnia, just like Ambien

Drug manufacturers (sanofi-aventis excluded!) are keen to challenge Ambien's (zolpidem's) popularity as a prescription sleep aid. Their latest hope is a drug currently known as Lorediplon. Lorediplon is a non-benzodiazapine that is hoping to compete with similar drugs such as Ambien (zolpidem), Sonata (Zaleplon) and Lunesta (eszopiclone). In a phase I clinical [...]

A list of popular over the counter sleeping pills and prescription sleep aids

I'm often mentioning specific insomnia treatments here on the Insomnia Land blog. Although this works well when I want to share the latest insomnia news and research, it's not particularly helpful if you're simply looking for a list of the most popular insomnia treatments. With the help of Pharmacy Times, I [...]

Sleeping pills may increase the risk of premature death

Researchers followed 14,117 people in Canada with an age range of 18-102 (the average age was 44). Every two years, the participants were asked two questions: 1. In the past month, did you take tranquilizers, such as Valium (diazepam) or Ativan (lorazepam)? 2. In the past month, did you take sleeping pills, such [...]

This sleep medicine could put older adults at risk for falls

A new study by the University of Colorado at Boulder found that 58% of older adults who took zolpidem (commonly branded as Ambien or Edluar) showed a significant loss of balance and an increase in cognitive impairment when awakened two hours after sleep. This may not sound all that significant, [...]

Driving under the influence of sleeping pills is just as dangerous as drunk driving

We've already written that teenagers are twice as likely to have a car accident if they feel sleepy behind the wheel. Now we're being told that police are pulling over drivers that appear to be drunk, only to find out they're under the influence of Ambien. According to one sleep [...]