Sleeping Pills Can Cause Fatal Accidents – FDA Warns


Eszopiclone (Lunesta), zaleplon (Sonata), and zolpidem (Ambien) can cause automatic sleep behaviors leading to injuries from falls, car accidents, and accidental overdose. Talk to us (574-534-9911) and your family about preventing such accidents.

“Most people have talked or walked during sleep at some time in our lives. However, some people exhibit more unusual complex behaviors while asleep, including eating and driving. These types of behaviors, called parasomnias, come about when parts of our brain are asleep and other parts awake at the same time. Parasomnias, while generally considered normal in a healthy child, can be a cause for concern when they develop in adults. Earlier this year the FDA issued a “black box” warning for the sleep medications eszopiclone, zaleplon, and zolpidem, given reports of sleep behaviors that resulted in injuries from falls, car accidents, and accidental overdoses related to their use. The FDA also notes that all medications used to promote sleep reduce alertness and may cause drowsiness the following day, which may impair your ability to drive.” – Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH – Harvard Health.

What Can You Do?

1. Call us for an appointment at 574-534-9911 to discuss options.

2. Always take the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time.

3. Get obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed and treated as it can cause insomnia. If you do suffer from sleep apnea, it can be dangerous to take sleeping pills or pain meds without using  CPAP.

4. Keep the door double locked.

5. Do not keep furniture in the middle of the room.

6. Have the bedroom on the ground floor. 

7. Have heavy drapes in front of the windows.

8. Keep the door keys and car keys locked in a safe place.

9. Put the sharp objects away.

Consider Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia. CBT-I is the most effective long-term therapy for insomnia.

Thank you. Sleep Well. Be Safe.