Why do sleeping pills have warning labels that state :'Caution: May Cause Drowsiness?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    My friend sent me everything INSIDE the quotes.

    "On a Sears hairdryer -- Do not use while sleeping.

    (That's the only time I have to work on my hair.)

    On a bag of Fritos -- You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside.

    (the shoplifter special?)

    On a bar of Dial soap -- "Directions: Use like regular soap."

    (and that would be???....)

    On some Swanson frozen dinners -- "Serving suggestion: Defrost."

    (but, it's just a suggestion.)

    On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom) -- "Do not turn upside down."

    (well...duh, a bit late, huh!)

    On Marks &Spencer Bread Pudding -- "Product will be hot after heating."

    (and you thought?)

    On packaging for a Rowenta iron -- "Do not iron clothes on body."

    (but wouldn't this save me time?)

    On Boot's Children Cough Medicine -- "Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication."

    (We could do a lot to reduce the rate of construction accidents if we could just get those 5 year-olds with head-colds off those bulldozers.)

    On Nytol Sleep Aid -- "Warning: May cause drowsiness."

    (I'm taking this because?)

    On most brands of Christmas lights -- "For indoor or outdoor use only."

    (as opposed to what?)

    On a Japanese food processor -- "Not to be used for the other use."

    (now, somebody out there, help me on this. I'm a bit curious.)

    On Sainsbury's peanuts -- "Warning: contains nuts."

    (talk about a news flash)

    On an American Airlines packet of nuts -- "Instructions: Open packet, eat nuts."

    (Step 3: say what?)

    On a child's Superman costume -- "Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly."

    (I don't blame the company. I blame the parents for this one.)

    On a Swedish chainsaw -- "Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or genitals."

    (Oh my Gosh..was there a lot of this happening somewhere?) "

    I am adding this, Mcdonalds was sewed because the sign that said "Caution: Hot" was not "clear enough" once and someone tryed sewing them, although it was printed in the size of this print - on the very front of the cup. Because they spilled it when they were DRIVING!!!! They set it on the part where the steering wheel is connected and it fell on her lap and she got a third degree burn. They would sew them if it was too cold! That is why now it has "hot" printed all over the coffee cups at McDonalds. People have to make things soo obvious. And the finger thing that happened at Wendys! Where they said that there was a finger in their cake. It was actually a relative's she caught off their hand to put on it, so they would get money. Businesses shouldn't get ripped off for this crap.

    Source(s): Hah! Read this! My friend emailed it to me.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    To avoid lawsuits. Sleeping pills contain diphenalhydramine, which stays in your system usually for 12 to 16 hours. Even when you take them, go to sleep an hour later, wake up after 8 hours, you're still drowsy for a bit until it wears off and gets completely out of your system.

    Generally speaking, if someone takes them to fall asleep so they can wake up early, for class or work for example, they will be just as tired if not more until mid morning.

  • Mel
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    It's in regards to the after effects, yeah of course they are going to help you sleep but the next day, you may feel drowsy, dizzy, and possibly have slight blurring in vision.... it's law that they put that on the label.

  • DJ C
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Because not all of them work and since some people may argue that they just want to sleep better and not be drowsy, the companies take the precaution and tell them so they dont get sued.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If they don't, and someone takes it and winds up driving or operating machinery and crash and get injured or die, then there is a legal issue and a case to sue. Although we all know what sleeping pills do, it is a way of protecting the company.

    And yes, there are idiots who would get drowsy and something would happen to them and they would sue.

  • 1 decade ago

    To make you aware that you should stay away from driving and operating heavy machinery.

    Otherwise if you end up spearing a co-worker with the forklift,

    the manufacturer of the pill may end up being liable.

  • 1 decade ago

    I guess the people at those companies that make them were a bit drowsy themselves when putting on that label.

  • ambi
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    for the same reason when you buy coffee in a paper cup the cup says caution contents are hot. Some people just are not very bright.

  • 1 decade ago

    All things must be covered.... Why does children's cough syrup say do not drive while taking medication?

    The second it is not covered someone will do it just to be stupid and then you have lawsuits and then prices go up.

  • 1 decade ago

    LOL.... just a legal thing. and they usually also warn not to drive or operate machinery. .. in case you thought you'd get some work done while you were sleeping. very handy.


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