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FDA cuts starting dose for Sunovion's Lunesta in half

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Just like it did last year with Sanofi's Ambien (zolpidem) and other zolpidem-containing products, the FDA on 15 May told Sunovion Pharmaceuticals to lower the recommended starting dose of its sleep aid drug Lunesta (eszopiclone) – halving the dose from 2mg to 1mg – citing data showing some patients may have impaired driving the morning after use, even if they feel fully awake.

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