New research learns that people taking certain prescription sleeping pills are four times more likely to die than people who do not. The drugs are also connected with a significantly increased risk of cancer among people taking high dosages of sleeping pills.
The study included Ambien, Restoril, Sonata and Lunesta. People who took less than 18 pills each year were more than 3.5 times more likely to die than people who did not taking any sleeping pills.
“The sense has been with newer medications that shorter-acting drugs are safer, and the major take-home message from our study is these drugs are not safer,” said Dr. Robert Langer. “The medications may have a role in temporary use of insomnia, but need to be used sparingly. People need to go in with their eyes wide open that the risks are there.”