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    People taking 1 to 18 sleeping pills per year were 3.6 times more likely to die over 2.5 years


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    Monday, April 02, 2012 10:20 am Email this article
    People taking just one (1) to 18 sleeping pills per year -- and the average in this group was only 8 pills per year -- were 3.6 times more likely to die over an average follow-up of 2.5 years compared to nonusers according to a recent study by researchers at Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center in La Jolla, California, USA.

    Realize that this is taking sleeping pills for only 2.5 weeks a year or less which caused this dramatic increased risk of death


    "Perhaps the most striking finding was that an increased hazard for death was present even in the lowest tertile of hypnotic use, such that hypnotic drugs were associated with a 3.6-fold increased risk of dying for patients using <18 hypnotic pills per year," the paper notes.

    Subjects

    Subjects: 10,000+ people taking sleeping pills vs 23,000+ not taking sleeping pills

    The study followed 10,529 people given prescriptions for sleeping pills and compared them with 23,636 matched controls who had not been given a prescription for sleeping pills.

    Follow-up Period

    Average follow-up of 2.5 years

    The subjects were followed for an average of 2.5 years.

    REFERENCE

    Kripke D, Langer R, Kline L. Hypnotics’ association with mortality or cancer: A matched cohort study. BMJ Open. 2012, 2(1):e000850.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Dr Daniel F Kripke
    Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center
    La Jolla, California, USA
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