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Ambien Restrictions

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by blur92, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. blur92

    blur92 Senior Contributor

    I don't know if anyone has heard, but the FDA has put further restrictions on the distribution of Ambien, a prescription drug for sleep. This just happened this year. Generally now, a dosage prescribed must be 5 mg. Prior to this the starting dosage, at least that which I am aware of, was 10 mg. I'm in support of this considering how addictive, how quickly tolerance builds, and how dangerous the side effects can potentially be. However, it's going to be problematic for those who have already developed a tolerance for it while using it as prescribed. Then again, maybe this can be good. Even if using responsibly, I still think it can be a very dangerous drug.
  2. ProShell

    ProShell Member

    This is interesting.

    Why do they have to be 5 mg or below?

    Was there a higher incidence of side effects associated with the 10mg dosage, or a lack of increased effectiveness compared to the 5 mg dosage?

    I know that this category of drugs can become addictive, and there can be tolerance in some cases. It makes me wonder if physicians will just tell certain patients to take two.