Family medicine cabinets are crammed full of prescription medications. With nearly one in three people taking a prescription medication for sleep problems, you can only imagine how many people are taking at least one prescription for some type of ailment. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ annual check-up on America’s Health reports that the statistic is actually a staggering fifty percent, with one in six people taking three or more prescription medications at once.
The recent reports of strange and dangerous side effects associated with leading conventional sleep medications have awakened Americans to the risks of prescription and OTC (over-the-counter) drugs. Drugmakers are now revising the labels on Ambien, Lunesta and other popular sleep aids to warn that the pills might result in driving, eating and having sex while sleeping, health officials said last week.
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