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    • Are Prescription Sleeping Pills Deadly?


      By Shawn Radcliffe Men's Fitness


      We all know by now just how important it is to get a good night's sleep. And those with sleeping problems understand the relief that comes with a solid eight hours of rest, even if it means taking sleeping pills. However, those seemingly magic pills may also come with a nightmare—in the form of early death.

      By looking at the medical records of 10,529 people, researchers found that having a prescription for sleeping pills—such as Ambien, Restoril and others—can dramatically increase your risk of death.

      People who were prescribed 18 or fewer pills in a year were 3.6 times more likely to die during the two-and-a-half years that they were monitored. The risk increased with the number of pills prescribed, jumping to 5.3 times for those taking more than 132 pills a year.

      Not only were people who were prescribed sleeping pills more likely to die early than those who didn’t get a prescription, they also had a greater risk of certain cancers such as lymphoma and prostate, colon, or lung cancer. The risk of cancer from taking sleeping pills was greater than that from smoking.

      The researchers aren’t certain what the underlying cause for the greater deaths is. Other factors, such as mental illness, may play a role, but the researchers don’t think it could explain such a large increased risk.

      With six percent to 10 percent of adults in the U.S. taking medication to help them sleep, this study is likely to cause a few sleepless nights. Like all medications, sleeping pills are not without risks. If you are taking sleeping pills now, talk with your doctor about whether those risks outweigh the benefits of a good night’s sleep.

      Source: http://www.mensfitness.com/stuff/fas...ls-killing-you
      Comments 6 Comments
      1. Swordfish II's Avatar
        Swordfish II -
        Oh look studies linking serious problems to sleep aids, yet I don't see everyone clamoring for a ban like with DMAA :261:
      1. machorox123's Avatar
        machorox123 -
        I'd like to see a double blind study.. There's a biased with that study..it's so subtle that not many people would realize it.. People who are in the study are there because they have trouble sleeping. Things like stress can cause sleeping problems and high levels of stress have been linked to other serious complications so by taking the pills it is simply masking the underlying symptoms. It would only make sense that people who take the pills are at more risks but not because of the pills themselves
      1. Spaniard's Avatar
        Spaniard -
        Phuq! I take ambien every once in a while... Hopefully I don't die, eh...
      1. Swordfish II's Avatar
        Swordfish II -
        Originally Posted by machorox123 View Post
        I'd like to see a double blind study.. There's a biased with that study..it's so subtle that not many people would realize it.. People who are in the study are there because they have trouble sleeping. Things like stress can cause sleeping problems and high levels of stress have been linked to other serious complications so by taking the pills it is simply masking the underlying symptoms. It would only make sense that people who take the pills are at more risks but not because of the pills themselves
        That is true, however I doubt you would get too many volunteers to be the control group. I know I wouldn't.... not with the dependency issues with sleep aids, withdrawl symptoms, and now potential organ damaging implications.
      1. madds87's Avatar
        madds87 -
        I wont take ambien anymore the sides just sucked to much. anxiety and sleep walking/driving, buying things over the internet and not remember doing it.
      1. grngoloco's Avatar
        grngoloco -
        Originally Posted by machorox123 View Post
        I'd like to see a double blind study.. There's a biased with that study..it's so subtle that not many people would realize it.. People who are in the study are there because they have trouble sleeping. Things like stress can cause sleeping problems and high levels of stress have been linked to other serious complications so by taking the pills it is simply masking the underlying symptoms. It would only make sense that people who take the pills are at more risks but not because of the pills themselves
        My first thought was that seroquil is the most prescribed medication in prisons!! Hahaha!!

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