Former Players Say NFL Teams Gave Pain Pills ‘Like Candy’

By Jim Litke, AP Sports Writer Former NFL lineman Jeremy Newberry says he often hobbled into the San Francisco 49ers locker room using a walking boot and crutches, then lined up behind as many as two dozen teammates for treatment – in his case, a shot of the painkiller Toradol. Ten minutes later, he sprinted onto the field to play. The toughness of pro football players is part of the league’s image, but a lawsuit filed on May 20 on …

Why Is It So Hard for Women to Get Some Sleep?

Why do women in their 50s find it so hard to get a good night’s sleep? According to the first such study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), middle-aged women are the most likely to use sleeping pills like Ambien, Lunesta and similar medications. Also having a tough time sleeping – adults 80 or older. Overall, nearly 9 million Americans rely on prescription pills to get to sleep each night, the study found. Related: Is a Cold Mattress …

ER Visits Soar for Older Adults Taking Ambien

The number of emergency room visits by people taking the sleep medication zolpidem (the active ingredient in Ambien and other drugs) more than tripled between 2005 and 2010, with nearly three out of four visits from adults age 45 or older, according to a new federal report. Adverse reactions to the sleep drug that required emergency assistance rose from 6,111 ER visits in 2005 to 19,487 in 2010, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found. In 2010, …

FDA: Sleeping Pill Doses Must Be Cut By Half

Here’s an Ambien alert for those of you who take meds for insomnia: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday ordered the makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to slash their recommended dosage by half. For women, in particular, the drugs stay in their bloodstream longer and at higher levels, leaving them dangerously drowsy in the morning. In its announcement, the FDA said new data show that the drugs remain in the bloodstream at high enough levels to …

Rest Uneasy: Sleeping Pills Linked to Early Death, Cancer

Do you take a sleeping pill to get a better night’s rest? If you do, a new study could keep you up at night. Scripps Clinic sleep researchers found that those who take even a few prescription sleeping pills during the year are nearly four times more likely to die prematurely than people who don’t take them. This is unsettling news for the nearly one in 10 American adults who use prescription sleep medications such as zolpidem (Ambien), eszopiclone (Lunesta), …