DUI Morning After Sleep Aids?
“Sex Matters,” was the topic of a Leslie Stahl report on Sunday’s CBS Television 60 Minutes presentation and a follow-up to a report on the same title that aired in February.
As provocative as the title might be, the information was equally compelling. Women can process drugs differently than men and may have been overdosing on Ambien for years.
In 2013, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that the dosage of zolpidem products approved for bedtime use should be lowered for men and women and actually cut in half for woman. Women do not eliminate the drug as readily as men and there is greater potential for impairment when they need to be alert. Zolpidem drugs include generics as well as the brand names Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, and Zolpimist. http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/ucm334033.htm
This means that if a man and woman were to take the same dosage of this legal drug for insomnia, the effects probably would be different. The next day, her normal faculties may be impaired, especially when behind the wheel of a vehicle, and she may end up charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) ,while he might have no residual side effects, other than those representative of a good night’s sleep.
According to Stahl’s report and a report by Reuters, the National Institutes of Health is doing more to include women in FDA clinical trials in the future,
If there can be a disparity between the genders of the absorption rate of this particular drug, think what might be the case with other prescribed and over-the-counter ones that haven’t been studied. Good People Do Get Arrested.