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  • The Dangers of Combining Sleeping Pills With Other Medication [hide all summaries]
    (September 2010)
    The article list 34 other medications that can harmfully interact with sleeping pills, increasing their sedative properties and causing excessive sedation. Excessive sedation at night could increase the risk of falls, should the person get up in the night for some reason. Moreover, excessive sedation causing respiratory depression could be dangerous for people with certain disorders, such as lung disease.
  • Harmful Interactions Between Smoking and Prescription Drugs [hide all summaries]
    (November 2007)
    Something never mentioned on cigarette warning labels is that smoking can affect the way a number of medications work, in some cases resulting in significant, dangerous adverse outcomes. Smokers should be aware that a number of medications may not work as well because of smoking cigarettes. The article lists 16 drugs whose levels in the blood become lower, making the drugs less effective, if the patient is also smoking.
  • FDA Requests New Safety Warnings for AMBIEN (Zolpidem), Other Sleeping Pills [hide all summaries]
    (May 2007)
    Patients taking sleep medications could be at risk of severe allergic reactions and complex sleep-related behaviors, which may include sleep driving, driving while not fully awake after ingestion of a sleeping pill, with no memory of the event, according to the FDA. DO NOT suddenly stop taking sleeping pills without consulting your physician because of the possibility of withdrawal reactions.
  • A Review of Sleeping Pill Ramelteon (ROZEREM) [hide all summaries]
    (January 2006)
    This drug is minimally effective and the long term safety effects of the increased prolactin levels caused by ramelteon are unknown.

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