South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney, David L. Hood, Releases Information Concerning the Dangers of Ambien and Driving
01/26/2013

Ambien has been in the news lately with the FDA asking the manufacturer to lower the prescription dosage, especially for women. The instructions clearly state that a good eight hours of sleep is required before driving a vehicle, but in today's hectic world it is almost impossible for the average person to get the required amount of sleep.

Online PR News – 26-January-2013 – Ogden – Myrtle Beach, SC - Ambien has been in the news lately with the FDA asking the manufacturer to lower the prescription dosage, especially for women. The instructions clearly state that a good eight hours of sleep is required before driving a vehicle, but in today's hectic world it is almost impossible for the average person to get the required amount of sleep. By the time the average person arrives home from a busy day at work and spends time with family, completes household chores or follows up with friends on their favorite social media site, it is well into the evening hours. Then one rises early to get kids ready for school and off it starts again. The most commonly prescribed drug to treat insomnia is Ambien. With an average of 26 million prescriptions issued every year it has become American's favorite sleep aid. Although it works well for the prescribed use - getting some sleep - it can have dangerous side effects such as sleep-walking, hallucinations or delusions. Combine these with driving and you have the makings of a potential catastrophe. The driver that is being affected by a sleeping aid often has no recollection of what even happened. One of the effects of driving under the influence of a sleep aid such as Ambien is extreme impairment, particularly if mixed with other drugs or alcohol. The driver may be operating the vehicle in a state referred to as "somnambulism" also referred to as "sleep-walking" or in this case "sleep-driving." This state may cause the driver to do things they would not normally do such as drive on the wrong side of the road, run into stationary objects or swerve unnecessarily. These symptoms may be similar to a driver under the influence of alcohol and occasionally a driver may be arrested for DUI when it is really the affects of the drug. The Law Offices of David L. Hood encourages you to not wait for the manufacturer to follow the recommendations of the FDA, but to consider voluntarily decreasing the use of this drug with your doctor's supervision. There is a lack of precedence in the law because currently there are very few cases relating to driving under the affects of sleep medications. It is common sense not to take a sleep enhancement unless you are able to get the required amount of sleep, but we all know that people will not always follow the recommendations. The Law Offices of David L. Hood offers legal support services to individuals who have been the victim of an accident due to the influence of sleep aids. However, you are strongly encouraged to prevent this kind of accident by refraining from driving if you have taken a sleep aid and have not had the full eight hours of sleep needed. For information on The Law Offices of David L. Hood, please visit the website http://myrtlebeachinjurylawyerhoodlaw.com/