When the sleep aid drug Ambien was first released, it was incredibly popular amongst patients suffering from insomnia. Ambien is a type of sleep drug that is only available through a prescription. The active ingredient in Ambien is zolpidem, a type of sedative drug that is used to treat insomnia.
Today, Ambien is still on the market, and is still very popular. But Ambien has been linked with a number of dangerous side effects.Those who are harmed should discuss the details of their case with Ambien lawyers from Cordisco & Saile LLC. We’ll help you determine if you have a valid legal claim against the manufacturer. Call us at 215-642-2335.
The Risks of Ambien
In 2013, the FDA released a safety announcement about the “risk of next-morning impairment after use of insomnia drugs,” that includes Ambien. The safety announcement stated that when a patient uses a certain dosage of Ambien before bed, the effects of the drug may not fully wear off by morning. As a result, a patient may still have high enough blood levels of the drug in the morning to cause impairment. As part of the safety announcement, the FDA recommended that dosages of Ambien be lowered.
Ambien has been linked to more than just dangerous levels of drowsiness, though. In March 2009, a man shot and killed eight people while under the influence of the drug. Ambien is a hypnotic drug and has been linked with sleepwalking, strange behavior, nighttime binge eating, nighttime sleep driving, and other odd – and often dangerous – behaviors associated with Ambien “blackouts.”
According to a Medication Guide about the drug published by the FDA, reported activities that patients have not remembered the next morning are below.
- Driving a car
- Making and eating food
- Talking on the phone
- Having sex
Obviously, performing these actions while under the influence of a drug can be very dangerous and may lead to serious injuries.
Options for a Victim of Ambien-related Injuries
If you have taken Ambien and then were involved in an accident or situation that caused you harm and you believe the drug was responsible, you may file a defective drug lawsuit to recover damages. During the lawsuit, you will have to prove that the drug caused your injuries and may have to demonstrate negligence on the part of the drug manufacturer or a doctor who prescribed it.
For example, prescribing a dangerous amount of Ambien and failing to warn of possible side effects can leave a doctor or drug manufacturer liable for injuries. You will also have to prove that your harm would not have occurred but for the Ambien.
If you can prove both, you may be able to recover both economic and noneconomic damages. You must file your lawsuit with in two years of sustaining injury per Pennsylvania law, so speak with Ambien attorneys from our firm to get started.
Take Legal Action as Soon as Possible, Call Cordisco & Saile LLC’s Ambien Lawyers
If you do not file your defective drug claim within the statute of limitations, you risk being deprived of your right to recover damages. A defective drug attorney in Pennsylvania can help you prove that a doctor or drug manufacturer is liable for your injuries. An attorney can also help you prepare testimony and gather evidence that will be pertinent to your case.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys are ready to help. If you’re ready to begin, don’t wait any longer – call our offices now to set up a free case consultation at 215-642-2335. Or you can fill out the form on our contact page to set up your free consultation.