FDA forcing sleeping pill manufacturers to lower dosages
Updated: Thursday, January 10 2013, 11:13 AM EST
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Food and Drug Administration is forcing the makers of Ambien and several other sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs.
That's because studies have found that the drugs can stay in people's system in the morning, long enough to interfere with driving and increase the risk of car crashes.
The FDA is ordering drug makers to cut the ingredient Zolpidem in half for women, who tend to process the drug more slowly.
It's also recommending lower doses for men, although that's just a suggestion.