The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has warned the public that certain herbal sleeping aids being sold in Ireland contain an unauthorised prescription hypnotic drug.
The HPRA said it is advising the public that U-Dream Full Night and U-Dream Lite were found to contain a substance that is similar to zopiclone, which is a prescription-only medicine.
The body said that it is known that zopiclone can cause drowsiness, dizziness and abnormal sleep behaviours. It is usually prescribed for those suffering from insomnia.
They said anyone who purchased and is currently taking either product should consult with their doctor immediately. The HPRA added that anyone who may have recently stopped taking either of the tablets and who has health concerns should also seek advice.
A spokeswoman said: “Although these products are not authorised for sale in Ireland, the HPRA has become aware that packs of U-Dream Full Night and U-Dream Lite have been sold to consumers in Ireland from retail outlets, including health stores.
Source: Garreth McNamee, The Journal.ie,13/01/20