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FDA Approves Middle of the Night Sleeping Pill–Treatments Are Getting Specific–Is This Personalized Medicine?

Posted Nov 26 2011 12:29am

Ok so a little humor as you are only supposed to have this sleeping aid if you already have some sleep under your belt.  It’s a lower dose so that one does not get up and take another full dose is what I get from this one. image

The middle of the night is kind of funny actually as it’s just a lower dose pill, what they not stop at to market!  I would think one could take a lower dose if their issues I sleeping were not as drastic, right?  Also the way the article reads it assumes that you have already taken one full strength pill so this is safer than a double dose.  I’m not a bit sleeping pill person and have taken a few in my life but I hate the sleeping pill hang over so when I have those occasional nights, the half glass of wine for me still works well.  BD 

Federal health regulators say they have approved the first insomnia pill designed for people who wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble getting back to sleep.

Transcept Pharmaceuticals' Intermezzo pill is a lower dose of the key ingredient in Ambien, the popular sleep medication first approved in 1992. FDA officials say the new pill offers a safer option than taking a second dose of zolpidem tartrate, the ingredient in Sanofi's Ambien, to get back to sleep.

"With this lower dose there is less risk of a person having too much drug in the body upon waking, which can cause dangerous drowsiness and impair driving," said Dr. Robert Temple, director for clinical science in FDA's drug center.


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