Dr Oz: Zolpidem Sleep Medication
Dr. Oz has the frightening information you need to hear if you or someone you know is taking prescription medication to help you sleep at night. Could Your Sleeping Pills be Killing You? This Dr. Oz Alert is meant to give you a better understanding of the powerful sleeping pills you are taking, including the increased risk they pose for women!
Dr. Oz: Sleeping Pill Side Effects
Dr. Oz has some scary information that you need to hear about the prescription sleeping pills you are taking to help you rest at night. Audience members shared some frightening side effects they experience form taking sleeping pills. One said she woke up with burns on her hands, but had no recollection that she had actually cooked pasta in the middle of the night and another recalled finding empty bowls of ice by her bed in the morning, but again had no idea how they got there. While these stories might be embarrassing, Dr. Oz says they are lucky they were not severely injured, especially the guest who cooked without realizing she had even been in the kitchen, and he is very concerned that doctors are prescribing sleeping pills so often and so easily.
Dr Michael Breus: Sleeping Pill Patient Responsibility
Dr. Michael Breus, a sleep specialist, says that while doctors are definitely prescribing sleep medication too often, patients have to take responsibility. Dr. Breus says they need to educate themselves on the medication they are taking and truly understand the drug they are putting into their bodies. He does not feel we should eliminate sleeping pills altogether, but he firmly believes that we have to prescribe and take them more responsibly.
Dr Oz: Sleeping Pills Short-Term Fix
Dr. Oz shared that millions of people do not believe they can sleep at night without a prescription and Dr. Michael Breus agrees, but only in some cases are they truly necessary. He says they are situations where no matter you do, you are not able to sleep, but he cautions that sleeping pills should only be taken as a short-term fix. They were not meant to be taken for a long period of time because they are only treating the symptoms of sleeplessness rather than the deep underlying cause.
- Long travel that causes jet lag
- Times of high trauma or stress
- The death of a loved one
Dr Oz: Sleeping Pills – Take for Maximum of 3 Months
Dr. Michael Breus explained that prescription sleep aids should not be taken for more than 4 weeks at a time except in cases where a patient is under the care of a sleep professional. He says often times patients are receiving other forms of therapy to help them improve their sleep and those can take longer to work than 4 weeks, but as soon as they begin to help, the sleeping pills should be tapered immediately. Dr. Breus says this process can take around 3 months.
Dr Oz: New FDA Sleeping Pill Guidelines
Dr. Oz asked Dr. Janet Engle to walk everyone through the new government guidelines for women taking sleeping pills. He says they are startling, but if you are taking a pill to help you sleep at night you need to know these recommendations because they have literally been cut in half!
Zolpidem Regular Sleeping Pills: 5 MG (old recommendation was 10 MG)
Zolpidem Extended-Release Sleeping Pills: 6.25 MG (old recommendation was 12.5 MG) – Do not cut these in half because it will ruin the extended-release benefit of the drug.