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New sleep meds on the rise??

Discussion in 'Sleep' started by heapsreal, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. heapsreal

    heapsreal iherb 10% discount code OPA989,

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    Interesting article while searching for new sleep meds http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100...5392659897114.html#project=DREAMLANDDRUGS0621
    A new sleep drug by Merck & Co. is expected to gain U.S. approval in the coming months, even as its main competitor is coming under growing scrutiny by regulators and doctors for sometimes-dangerous side effects.

    The new drug, known as suvorexant, will affect a different part of the brain than a generation of older medicines such as zolpidem, known as Ambien, which depresses brain activity. The hope is that suvorexant will cause fewer side effects than its older counterparts.

    Suvorexant/orexin has been waiting approval for along time now. They seem to be slow in approving this class of meds.

    I think they need to come up with a med that has reduced tolerance and can be used for long term insomnia which also help sleep initiation and maintenance. :thumbsup:
     
  2. Sushi

    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    I wish they would approve it but it is going to cost! At least it will be a long time before US insurance will pay for it.

    Ambien was really expensive before the generic.

    Sushi
     
  3. heapsreal

    heapsreal iherb 10% discount code OPA989,

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    agree sushi, but if it gets approved sooner then the sooner it will go generic. Also i think then there will be a push from other companies to develop new sleep meds, i hope.
     

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