Ambien might make you crash your car, even the next day, FDA warns1/11/2013
More bad news, insomniacs. The federal government has issued an eye-opening alert that Ambien sleeping pills make you, er, drowsy. The Food and Drug Administration sent out a warning about zolpidem, a sleep-aid ingredient in Ambien that may render users too sleepy the next day to perform tasks that require alertness, including driving. Women are particularly vulnerable, the FDA says, and the agency is asking doctors to lower the standard dose they prescribe for women from 10 milligrams to 5. The feds made no mention of another revolutionary compound that may help remedy this day-after drowsiness: It’s known in science circles as "coffee." [Source]
Sleep meds: necessary for some or creating a pill dependence?