A new sleeping pill on pharmacy shelves could help with your occasional sleepless night. The prescription drug introduced by Purdue Pharma LP is called Intermezzo. The pill is designed to be a modification of Ambien, just a much lower dosage and taken in a different way. Ambien is swallowed, Intermezzo is placed under the tongue and dissolved. Like any sleeping pill, Doctors say a patient must be able to commit to a certain amount of sleep if they decide to take it.
"The idea is to give you four hours of sleep without the hangover," said Dr. David Chorley from OSU Medical Center in Tulsa.
Tulsans who have used Ambien as a sleep aid tell FOX23 that the "hangover" feeling was the exact reason they quit using Ambien. "I stopped using it because it made me groggy the next day so I didn't really like it."
Dr. Chorley warns that people should not try to cure insomnia with a pill. He, and other health professionals, caution that a sleepless night might be indicative of an underlying medical issue. Chronic pain, sleep apnea, hypertension, heart disease and psychiatric disorders are thought to worse middle of the night awakening.
The sleeping pill is already on the shelves at some pharmacies in Green Country. One pill can cost $8 before insurance.
Intermezzo must be prescribed by your physician but Dr. Chorley advices a holistic approach before you turn to the medication. "Take a look at your physical health, your psychological self and perhaps Intermezzo can be part of the cure but its not everything," said Dr. Chorley.
The drug was granted FDA approval in November.