Ambien May Increase Likelihood of Potentially Dangerous Falls

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 1:08am

A common sleeping pill may increase the likelihood of potentially dangerous falls.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic said the fall rate among the nearly 5,000 patients given Ambien during their hospital stay was more than 4 times as high as patients who did not take the drug.

This may be of particular significance to older adults, who are often at greater risk for breaking a bone during a fall.

In 2010, the drug was given to about 12 percent of Mayo Clinic patients.

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