#1 Lunesta05-18-2014, 05:17 AM
FDA lowers starting dose of sleep drug Lunesta over safety
U.S. health regulators on Thursday said they required a label change for the sleep drug Lunesta to cut the recommended starting dose over concerns it could impair alertness in some people the following morning.
The Food and Drug Administration said the starting dose for the drug taken at bedtime for both men and women should be the lowest 1 milligram dose, down from the previous 2 mg recommended starting dose. The agency said the drug could remain in a patient's system long enough to impair activities such as driving, even if the person feels fully awake.
"To help ensure patient safety, health care professionals should prescribe, and patients should take, the lowest dose of a sleep medicine that effectively treats their insomnia," Ellis Unger, of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement.
The 1 mg dose can be increased to 2 mg or 3 mg if needed, but the higher doses are more likely to result in next-day impairment, the agency said.
I'm not sure I like the FDA playing doctor. On another note Lunesta just went generic. Lower mg is less cost for gov't healthcare. Just saying.
05-18-2014, 12:42 PM
Melatonin made me groggy for 24 hours, I can't even imagine what an actual sleeping pill would do to me.
05-18-2014, 03:14 PM
Thanks for the update, Rob. We all need to do our own due diligence. I've been subscribing to a little newsletter, Good Pills/Bad Pills for years. It's saved me several times. I was being prescribed Propulsid by a now deceased physician. Years ago I had knee surgery scheduled and asked that gastroenterologist and my primary if I should drop it, after reading the warnings in that newsletter. They refused, said I needed it, and endured shots in the stomach after the surgery instead of taking a blood thinner.
After that I told them that I refused to take it. I switched docs--both gastro and internist. Shortly afterwards, the FDA pulled it.
Also refused to take one of the NSAID's after reading in the newsletter. Shortly after that the FDA finally came out with an advisory.
With the wonderous affordable care act (Obamacare) we'll all have to become our own physician's assistants.
There was an article in our lib rag down here about how we'll have to start doing our own alternatives to pain meds. Guess they're cutting costs, giving those seniors on Medicare a bullet to bite down on. Oh, yeah, they did advise yoga. Oy!
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06-12-2014, 06:12 PM
06-12-2014, 06:18 PMThanks for the update, Rob.
06-13-2014, 10:19 AM
Benadryl, or its store brand version, works fine for me. No prescription needed. It wears off in 6 hours or less, too, so no morning after grogginess. They make a slightly more expensive version in with ibuprofin in the mix.
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