Published on Mar 16, 2007 by Edgar Snyder

Drugs Cause Sleep-Driving and Other Dangerous Activities

Drugs Cause Sleep-Driving

Here’s a special alert to all people who take prescription sleeping pills – you’ve heard of sleep-walking and sleep-talking, but probably not sleep-driving. Federal health officials have released a warning that sedative-hypnotic drugs could lead to behavior such as sleep-driving, facial swelling, and more.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that 13 types of prescription sleep aids could lead to complex sleep-related behavior such as driving while asleep, making phone calls while asleep, or preparing and eating food while asleep. Other effects such as severe allergic reaction and severe facial swelling could also result from taking sleeping pills.

The 13 medications have been identified as:

  • Ambien/Ambien CR
  • Butisol Sodium
  • Carbrital
  • Dalmane
  • Doral
  • Halcion
  • Lunesta
  • Placidyl
  • Prosom
  • Restoril
  • Rozerem
  • Seconal
  • Sonata

These medications will receive revised labels, updated with the announced risks. The drug manufacturers will notify prescription patients about these side effects by mail.

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Source: "FDA Requests Label Change for All Sleep Disorder Drug Products." FDA Press Release. March 14, 2007.
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