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  • Dangers of Sleep Drug Suvorexant Still Outweigh Minimal Benefits [hide all summaries]
    (December 2016)
    Find out why Public Citizen’s Health Research Group has designated suvorexant as Do Not Use and what steps you can take to improve your sleep without relying on medications.
  • FDA Approves Suvorexant, Latest Dangerous Sleep Drug [hide all summaries]
    (November 2014)
    For many years, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group has recommended against using sleeping pills to treat insomnia. This article reviews the serious risks of the newest sleep medication approved by the FDA.
  • Eszopiclone (LUNESTA): Too Dangerous at Any Dose [hide all summaries]
    (October 2014)
    The Food and Drug Administration’s recent recommendation to lower the starting dose of the insomnia drug eszopiclone is insufficient to address the drug’s dangers. Learn why Public Citizen’s Health Research Group continues to designate eszopiclone as Do Not Use.
  • Dangers of Mixing Alcohol with Certain Medications or Diseases [hide all summaries]
    (August 2008)
    The article discusses 273 drugs that can have harmful interactions with alcohol. Also reviewed are several ways in which these harmful interactions can occur: 1/ Medications Can Increase Alcohol Blood Levels 2/ Additive effects of medications and alcohol. One of the best- known drug-alcohol interactions is when alcohol, a depressant, is taken with other sedative medications, and excessive sedation or depression of respiration can occur 3/Alcohol can increase the blood levels of some medications leading to toxicity of these drugs. 4/ Alcohol also can reduce blood levels of some medications causing them to be less effective. Although some of the interactions between alcohol and medications mainly occur in people who drink heavily (three or more drinks on one occasion), many of these interactions may occur with much lower amounts of alcohol use, such as one to two drinks on an occasion. We strongly urge you to tell your physicians and other health care providers how much alcohol you are drinking so they can effectively assess the risks and advise you about the safe use of alcohol and medications.
  • Don't Get Sold By Drug Ads on TV, Says Study [hide all summaries]
    (May 2007)
    Not only does this study find that consumer drug ads are not educational, it also says that the ads may oversell the benefits of the drugs and could put the public health in danger. For example, of the 24 drugs included in this advertising study, seven are listed as Do Not Use in Worst Pills, Best Pills publications. You should not rely on direct-to-consumer television advertisements as a source of drug information.

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