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Sleeping pills commonly prescribed in the UK may increase the risk of death more than four-fold, according to new research.
The higher the dose, the greater the risk of dying, while people on higher doses also had an increased risk of cancer, experts found.
A wide range of drugs was analysed for the study of more than 10,500 people taking sleeping pills. They included drugs used in the UK, such as benzodiazepines (including temazepam and diazepam), non-benzodiazepines (including zolpidem, zopiclone and zaleplon), barbiturates and sedative antihistamines.
Around a third of people in th
may increase the risk of death more than four-fold
Originally posted by MrAndy
Sure is sad how we all seem to need something to keep us awake and active during the day while also needing something to relax and sedate us at night so that we can sleep. Might there come a day where we need a pill for every human function?
Originally posted by lewman
I wonder what kind of damage the lack of sleep does compared to the damage caused by sleeping pills.
Not saying that they are harmless here, just wondering if one is really worse than the other.
If they would treat pharmaceutical companies like they do crack dealers on the corner, we might have a fighting chance. I remember when I was growing up, we weren't bombarded with all the drug pushers on TV like we are today. Who was the idiot that made direct marketing of prescription drugs to consumers legal? People are so brainwashed--if it's on TV, it must be okay.
great now they're gonna ban Benedryl.