EL PASO, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 03/12/13 -- Michael J. Gopin is a personal injury attorney who has provided legal representation on many varying types of cases -- including those involving auto accidents and dangerous prescription medications. Now, public attention focused on the dangers of Ambien has won the attention of Gopin, as many automobile accidents are connected to the actions of drivers who use the medication. While many use Ambien to combat insomnia, Gopin urges citizens to strictly adhere to physician recommendations about prescription use in order to avoid the potential for automobile accidents that could endanger the patient's life, as well as others on the road.
According to a recent article from The Legal Examiner, the significant number of auto accidents connected to driver use of Ambien has encouraged the FDA to make changes to dosage levels of the medication. The article states, "To minimize the number of Ambien-related traffic accidents, the FDA has now ordered drug companies to halve their dosages of zolpidem-containing medications." According to The Legal Examiner, "The FDA's decision stems from '700 reports of people whose driving ability was impaired or who were in an automobile accident after taking the medication.'" While these changes may decrease the amount of auto accidents related to Ambien usage, the article cites a recommendation from Drugs.com that urges patients to wait at least four hours after waking before driving.
The article notes that many Ambien users have reported performing actions while on the drugs -- such as making phone calls or eating -- and then forgetting about they even engaged in the activity later. Despite the potential for forgetfulness, attorney Michael J. Gopin notes that there it is no excuse for engaging in dangerous driver behavior. Michael J. Gopin comments, "Driving needs everyone's total and complete attention. Driving while taking drugs such as Ambien is very risky behavior. There is no need to risk your life and others to drive while under the influence of this drug. Consumers need to stay smart and not take Ambien and drive."
As a personal injury attorney, Gopin has witnessed several accounts of the damage that can come from prescription drug use, as well as harm resulting from automobile accidents. Learning from this experience, Michael J. Gopin urges, "Call a friend or taxi if there is an emergency and you need to go somewhere while on, or recovering from, Ambien. The life you save may be your own."
Michael J. Gopin is a proficient personal injury attorney serving clients in or near the El Paso, Texas area. As the founder of the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, he and his colleagues rely on 20 years of experience in the legal field to cover a comprehensive range of personal injury practice areas. Michael J. Gopin and his law firm welcome clients who seek further information and representation for cases pertaining to automobile accidents, dangerous drugs, workplace injuries, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents and more. Texas residents who wish to learn more are invited to visit www.michaelgopin.com.
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