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Ambien Associated with Patient Fall Risk

by Leah Greene, JD, LLM on November 26th, 2012

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic analyzed patient data for over 16,000 hospitalized patients and found the fall risk rate for those who take Ambien is four times higher than those who did not take the drug.  The fall risk associated with Ambien was greater than other common factors, such as age, mental impairment, or insomnia.  The study found an association between Ambien use and falls, but it did not prove that using the drug was a causative factor for patient falls.

As a result of the findings of this study, the Mayo Clinic is now phasing out Ambien and implementing non-drug based sleep enhancement techniques.

The full article regarding the results of the study is located here.

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