Congratulations to the makers of zolpidem tartrate, better known as AmBienCR, on aspiring to a whole new level of medical negligence. Reported side effects of this drug in clinical trials include depression, lack of coordination, behavioral changes, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, sleep driving and severe anaphylaxis.
During most of the ads on television for a medicine, a company implores viewers to consult a doctor about conditions which may benefit from administration of their drug. The AmbienCR folks have dropped the term doctor in favor of prescriber, indicating that it’s not necessary to see a qualified physician, just someone with a prescription pad and bad penmanship.
Way to go, guys. Two thumbs way up. Excuse me while I hit up my prescriber for some Oxycontin and medically necessary weed.