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New Sleeping Pill on the Market Means More Problems

Those who suffer from insomnia may have an alternative to high-dose sleeping pills. A new drug, Intermezzo, hit the market, and the lower-dose drug could be a solution for middle-of-the-night insomnia.

The pill was developed to specifically target those who wake up in the middle of the night, as opposed to its sister drug, Ambien, which is formulated to help people fall asleep and stay asleep all night. Intermezzo, on the other hand, uses a lower dose and a new formula of Ambien.

With a quick-release formula, Intermezzo works more quickly than Ambien and lasts for a shorter time, lasting four hours as compared to Ambien’s traditional eight hours. For those who can fall asleep but wake up consistently during the night, the pill could be the solution to sleeping woes.

Even despite its lower dose formula, Intermezzo is just as dangerous as Ambien and other drugs. Intermezzo is also an addictive substance; it may affect reflexes the following day; and it can lead to sleep-walking, sleep-driving and sleep-eating. The drug, like all sleeping pills, can interact with underlying medical issues, like heart disease, asthma, cancer and sleep apnea, making the death rate higher among users of sleeping pills. 

Additionally, the pill could encourage abuse. The pill is highly addictive, and the hallucinogenic affects could lead addicts to use the drugs in ways other than intended, which may lead to overdose deaths and hallucinogenic addiction.

When used properly, the drug could be helpful as an occasional relief to middle-of-the-night insomnia, but when used improperly, addiction could become an issue. Thankfully, prescription drug rehab centers like Vista Taos are available for those who become addicted to sleeping pills. If you or a loved one are in need of prescription drug rehab, check out a prescription drug rehab center near you.  New Mexico based Vista Taos Renewal Center can help you or someone you care about get the help they need.

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