May 23, 2013 2:54 PM by NBC News

Possible new option for people with insomnia

There may soon be another medication option for people with insomnia.

A federal advisory panel found Suvorexant, which is manufactured by Merck, is safe and effective at lower doses; however, the panel was split on the safety of higher doses of the product.

This drug works differently than other insomnia medications, by blocking chemicals in the brain that help keep people awake.

The FDA is expected to make a decision this summer, but is likely to at least approve certain doses of the drug.



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