Saturday, August 28, 2010

Consumer Alert: Unauthorized Sleep Aid Contains Dangerous, Addictive Sedative

The Canadian government has issued a warning against the sleep aid Fulda Unitang Herbs Sleep Plus. The unauthorized supplement contains high levels of the prescription sedative estazolam.

Health Canada reports the drug poses a serious health risk. Estazolam is a member of the benzodiazepine drug class, which includes Valium and Ativan.

The label-directed dose of Fulda Unitang Herbs Sleep Plus exceeds the maximum recommended dose of estazolam for healthy adults. The sedative can impair mental alertness, leaving unknowing but healthy consumers at risk for an accident. The drug is dangerous for pregnant and breastfeeding women, children, the elderly and people with respiratory, kidney or liver problems.

Worse yet, the drug is physically addictive. Anyone who has taken Fulda Unitang Herbs Sleep Plus should consult a doctor immediately. Withdrawl symptoms can include anxiety, sleeplessness, vomiting, sweating, tremors, cramps and convulsions.

If Fulda Unitang Herbs Sleep Plus is in your medicine cabinet bring it to a pharmacy for safe disposal.

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