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FDA lowers Lunesta's starting dose

Because insomnia and poor sleep are major health complaints for older adults, people 50 and older are most likely to receive a prescription for a sleep aid.

If you are taking Lunesta, be aware that the Food and Drug Administration is requiring the sleeping pill's manufacturer to lower the recommended starting dose on the label to 1 mg from 2 mg.

The FDA says research shows that at 2 mg, levels of the drug "may be high enough the morning after use to impair activities that require alertness." The FDA notes the new requirement is just for those starting to take Lunesta, and the dosage can be increased to 2 mg or 3 mg "if needed." If you are currently taking 2 mg or 3 mg of Lunesta, the FDA says you should check with your doctor to reassess the right dose for you. For more information, go to

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