FDA Orders ‘Black Box’ Warning For Sleep Aids
THE FDA IS STRENGTHENING WARNINGS ABOUT SOME POPULAR SLEEP AIDS
(CNN) – The Food and Drug Administration, strengthening warnings about some commonly used sleep aids.
Sleeping pills marketed under the names Lunesta, Sonata and Ambien will require new black-box warnings for potentially dangerous side-effects.
There have been reports of rare, but serious injuries and deaths resulting from sleepwalking, sleep-driving and other complex behaviors by people who took the popular drugs.
The FDA says 20-deaths have been blamed on the pills.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; some 4% of adults have used prescription sleep aids in the past month.