14 Jan '11, 1am

Common sleep drug can leave people groggy, clumsy (via ST iPhone App)

WASHINGTON - POPULAR sleep drugs such as Ambien can leave even the healthiest older people groggy and prone to stumbling, falling and confusion when they wake up, US researchers reported on Thursday. The drug, sold by Sanofi Aventis and other makers and known generically as zolpidem, appears to act broadly in the brain and has a numbing effect for at least half an hour after waking, the researchers reported in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. People should not avoid taking it but should be aware of the drug's effects, advised Kenneth Wright of the University of Colorado at Boulder and colleagues. '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,' Mr Wright said in a telephone interview. The drug is sold gene...

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