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18 sleeping pills a year may lead to an early death

Published On: 08-17-2015 in Category: Addiction, Addiction Treatment, Recovery, Treatment Centers


It may seem like taking a sleeping pill before bed is a small price to pay to ensure a good night’s sleep. After all, there are many thoughts that can run through people’s minds after a long day and tossing and turning is never the preferred option. Some people have trouble sleeping because of difficult life events and others struggle with insomnia. Either way, it is crucial to know the facts before ingesting the next sleeping pill because this ‘quick and easy’ solution can cost much more than realized.

Simply ingesting 18 sleeping pills a year can cause detrimental health effects that can lead to death. According to a study done by the Viterbi Family Sleep Center at Scripps Health in San Diego, California, there is a 35 percent increased risk of cancer among people who consume this amount within a year. There was a higher risk of developing lymphoma, lung, colon or prostate cancer due to the consumption of sleeping pills for the experimental group in comparison to the controlled group. This risk of health complications is shockingly greater than the effects caused by smoking.

One author of the study, Dr. Daniel F. Kripke said, “What our study shows is that sleeping pills are hazardous to your health and might cause death by contributing to the occurrence of cancer, heart disease and other ailments.”

According to the authors of the study, the results also show a “substantially elevated hazard of dying compared to those prescribed no hypnotics.”

The study conveys that there is more than three times the risk of death even after controlling all other influential factors. There are not any underlying effects to the researchers’ knowledge that could have manipulated these results. They also found more than a fourfold higher risk of death and a significant increase in cancer cases among regular pill users. The risks increase with the amount of sleeping pills consumed.

Newer drugs are thought to be safer than the previous drugs used because their effect is not as long-lasting, but Kripke asserts that the study conducted is the first to show that eight of the most commonly used sleeping pills or hypnotic drugs are linked to increased risk of death and cancer, including the popularly prescribed zolpidem (also known as the brand Ambien) and temazepam (Restoril).

It is concerning that such horrifying effects can take place when a drug is not even being abused, but the fact remains that the most popularly prescribed sleeping pills today cause such severe harm even when taken as directed by a doctor. Every pill counts towards the internal damage done to the body.

Sleep disorders can stem from many different possible factors including depression and emotional problems. It may seem that sleeping medications are the easiest solution to combat insomnia, but speaking to an expert about healthier options can help someone avoid future health risks and make for a brighter tomorrow. The harm of sleeping pills much outweighs the benefits. It may be time to treat the issues of sleeping troubles permanently, instead of relying on harmful and temporary solutions such as medications. Diagnosing and treating the underlying causes may be the real answer.

Pasadena Drug Treatment Rehab Center is a leading treatment facility offering state-of-the-art, evidence-based programs for mental health disorders, addiction and dual diagnosis. Please contact us if you or someone you know is struggling with the use of prescription drugs. There are safer and healthier alternatives to sleeping medications and other harmful prescription drugs, and we would like to assist in finding the best treatments possible. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions and enroll you in one of our programs, all you have to do is call.

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