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Are Sleeping Pills Harmful

July 3, 2013

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Sleeping pills are “sedative hypnotics.” This is a particular type of drugs used to generate and/or sustain sleep. Sedative hypnotics consist of benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and various hypnotics.

Benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Ativan, and Librium are anti-anxiety medicines. They also improve sleepiness and help individuals sleep. While these drugs may be useful only for short-term, all benzodiazepines are possibly addictive.

Barbiturates, another drug in this sedative-hypnotic class, depress the neurological system and can cause sleep or sedation. Short- or long-acting barbiturates are recommended as sedative drugs or sleeping pills. But more generally, these hypnotic drugs are restricted to use as anesthesia.

More recent developed medicines help in decreasing the time, required to get sleep. These sleep-inducing medication, such as Lunesta, Sonata, and Ambien, are said to be non-habit developing. They work easily to improve sleepiness and sleep. Rozerem functions in a different way compared to other sleeping medications and is not habit-forming. Halcion is an older sedative-hypnotic medication, that has been mostly changed by newer medication.

Side Effects of Sleeping Pills

sleeping-pillsSleeping pills have unsympathetic reactions like other medicines.

Typical side effects of prescribed sleeping pills such as Lunesta, Sonata, Ambien, Rozerem, and Halcion may include:

  • Losing or tingling in the arms, or legs
  • Changes in appetite
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Problems in maintaining balance
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry oral cavity or throat
  • Gas
  • Headache

The FDA needs manufacturers of Ambien and Zolpimist to provide reduced amounts for females. Women clear the medication from their techniques more gradually than men and the organization says blood vessels stages of the medication could still be high enough in the following morning to impact actions that require performance, such as driving. The FDA says physicians should provide the reduced amount to men too.

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