Sleeping Pills – FDA Warning!

With all the harmful side effects of sleeping pills such as Zolpidem (Ambien, classed as an anti-psychotic drug), Eszopiclone (Lunesta) and Zaleplon (Sonata and Starnoc) why are people still taking these drugs?  They are all Hypnotic classed medications and can be dangerous.

“March 14, 2007: The FDA announced that all sleeping pills (also known as “sedative-hypnotic products”), including Ambien and Lunesta, can cause the dangerous side effect of “sleep-driving,” which is driving while not fully awake and having no memory of doing so, and may also cause life-threatening allergic reactions. The FDA told manufacturers to write letters to doctors to notify them of the new warnings, and all prescription sleeping pills will now come with special brochures called “Medication Guides” that spell out the risks for patients in easy-to-understand language.”

Warning: Never stop taking these drugs cold turkey.   To avoid severe side effects they must be cut back a tiny bit at a time over several months.  Consult your physician.

Instead of requesting a sleeping pill from a doctor, why not first try some of the following suggestions: Read the rest of this entry »

Fibromyalgia – Were you Properly Diagnosed and Treated?

Per the Center of Disease Control “Fibromyalgia is a disorder of unknown etiology (cause) characterized by widespread pain, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbance, fatigue and often psychological distress. People with fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms; such as:

· Morning stiffness

· Tingling or numbness in hands and feet

· Headaches, including migraines

· Irritable bowel syndrome

· Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called “fibro fog”)

· Painful menstrual periods and other pain syndromes”

(Additional research shows insomnia to be a symptom.)

“The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 1990 criteria are used for clinical diagnosis classification. Diagnosis is based on the presence of widespread pain (at least 3 months duration) and tenderness on 11 of 18 pressure points. Read the rest of this entry »