Popular sleep-aid dosage halved on safety concerns

The FDA said new data showed zolpidem blood levels in some patients may be high enough the morning after use to impair alertness.

The dose for women should be lowered from 10mg to 5mg for immediate release products and from 12.5mg to 6.25mg for extended-release products because they eliminate zolpidem from their bodies more slowly than men, the FDA recommended.

However, it said the risk applied to men as well and the lowest dose to treat symptoms should be prescribed.

“FDA urges healthcare professionals to caution