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Sleep Disorders

14 January 2011

Side effects of common sleep drug

The popular sleep drug Ambien can leave even the healthiest older people groggy and prone to stumbling, falling and confusion when they wake up.

The popular sleep drug Ambien (known in South Africa as zolpiden) can leave even the healthiest older people groggy and prone to stumbling, falling and confusion when they wake up, U.S. researchers found in a small study.

"If you have an individual who, even when they take their sleep medications, they wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, they need to be aware that they are at greater risk of falling," Dr Wright said.

 

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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