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FDA: Lower dosages required for sleeping pills

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs.

The change was prompted by recent studies that suggest patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness.

The agency said new research shows the drugs remain in the bloodstream at levels high enough to interfere with morning driving, which increases the risk of car accidents.

Dr. Kingman Strohl, who specializes in sleep disorder research said, "People should if they take these medications should kind of know in their own mind what the drowsiness effect is and how long it affects."

Regulators are ordering drug manufacturers to cut the dose of the medications in half for women, who process the drug more slowly.

The FDA is recommending manufacturers apply these lower doses to men as well, though it is not making them a requirement.

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