Zolpidem’s reputation for outlandish side effects may be inflated by gossip—by the interaction of medication and the Internet. Thomas Roth, the director of the sleep center at Henry Ford Hospital, in Detroit, who has consulted for Merck and other pharmaceutical companies, told me he has not yet seen persuasive evidence that there is more of this behavior among Ambien users than among the rest of the population (which includes drinkers).

Laughing both out loud & in loud at Thomas Roth, who, despite being director of a goddamn hospital sleep center, seems unaware of the subculture recreationally abusing zolpidem. There’s a webcomic character canonized by the New Yorker for heaven’s sake!

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