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Zolpidem Tartrate

Zolpidem tartrate is a sedative-hypnotic drug that is prescribed to treat insomnia. The sleep aid works by binding GABA receptors in the brain, effectively quieting the mind. The drug is sold under brand names including:

  • Ambien
  • Edluar
  • Intermezzo
  • Zolpimist

Potential side effects of these medications include:

  • Sleepwalking
  • Sleep driving
  • Sleep binge eating
  • Anterograde amnesia
  • Hallucinations

These side effects are dangerous and potentially life-threatening. People who walk, drive or eat while sleeping may appear completely lucid but have no memory of the episodes. Anecdotal horror stories range from minor episodes to waking up in jail or sleepwalking off of balconies.

Thousands of People Affected

Ambien has been on the U.S. market since 1992, and millions of prescriptions have been written for drugs containing zolpidem tartrate. Post-market studies of zolpidem tartrate have found sleepwalking incidents in 0.3% to 1% of patients. This number may seem insignificant, but for every 1 million prescriptions, there are between 3,000 and 10,000 people affected.

It was not until December 2006 that the FDA sent letters to manufacturers requesting that the label on zolpidem tartrate-containing sleep aids be changed to include behaviors including sleep driving, making phone calls and preparing and eating food while asleep.

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If you or a loved one has been injured due to the side effects of a sleep drug containing zolpidem tartrate, you may be eligible for compensation. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Brian D. Witzer are dedicated to seeking justice for the damages you incurred.

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