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New med for insomia approved

Posted by jerrympls on December 16, 2004, at 18:42:19

Medication Tested for Long-Term Continuous Use Gets FDA Approval for Treatment of Insomnia

A new medication -- Lunesta™ (eszopiclone) -- was approved by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday for the treatment of insomnia. More than one-half of America's adults, 58% or 126 million people, experience at least one symptom of insomnia a few nights a week, according to NSF's 2002 Sleep in America poll.

NSF chairman, Dr. James K. Walsh, Executive Director and Senior Scientist of the Sleep Medicine and Research Center at St. Luke's Hospital said, "Because insomnia is widespread and can contribute to poor health and adversely affects well-being, it is important for physicians and patients to have treatment options. Eszopiclone has been shown to relieve insomnia and improve perceived daytime function for as long as six months of nightly use."

Eszopiclone was studied using both objective and subjective sleep improvement measures in multiple clinical trials of transient and chronic insomnia among both adults (18-64) and older adults (65-86).




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