Dr. Sharon Orrange - February 28, 2014
Zolpidem is the generic version of Ambien, which is also available in a longer acting form known as Ambien CR. These sleep medications (zolpidem, Sonata, Lunesta) are widely popular and known for their lack of hangover effect the next morning. These “atypical” benzodiazepines are different from “typical” benzodiazepines like Ativan, Xanax, or Valium in that they are used to treat insomnia but not anxiety.
Weird things can happen to people who take them, especially if you take one and continue to walk around and do things in your house. See More
Elizabeth Davis - October 29, 2013
For many Americans with health insurance, more than 50 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2014. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handles pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing almost 50 brands from their formularies at the end of 2013. More information is below.
What are Express Scripts and Caremark?
Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More
Roni Shye - May 29, 2013
Insomnia is defined as “difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep” either over a short period of time or as a chronic problem. It is believed to affect 30 – 35% of adults and is common in the elderly. In some cases difficulty sleeping can be related to short-term stress (anxiety, worry, environment) that leads to sleep disturbances. In other cases, underlying medical conditions can cause chronic insomnia. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - March 07, 2013
Impaired alertness the morning after Ambien (zolpidem) use has prompted the FDA to issue a warning. The FDA now recommends that the bedtime dose be lowered because new data show that blood levels in some patients may be high enough the morning after use to impair activities that require alertness, including driving. As you know zolpidem is marketed in generic form and under the brand names Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, Zolpimist, and Intermezzo. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 22, 2012
Medications that increase health care costs without improving care are silly, and doctors love to hate ‘em. “PharManure” is the brilliant term used to describe these medications. Here is a list my colleagues and I love to hate:
Dr. Sharon Orrange - December 05, 2011
Insomnia has a huge impact on people’s lives, with many relying on a medication for sleep. Sales of Ambien and Lunesta were over $3 billion in 2007. Ambien and Ambien CR then became available as generics (zolpidem and zolpidem er) so the hunt was on for new brand name insomnia medications, which are big money makers.
There is a new kid on the block for insomnia, but as it turns out it’s not so new. The insomnia drug Intermezzo has just been approved by the FDA for treatment of middle-of-the-night awakening. See More