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Sleeping Pill Deaths—Beware

We all want to avoid an early death. We find time to exercise; we eat right and watch our cholesterol levels; and we try to get a good night sleep. Little did we know…getting a good night's sleep might kill us.

Early mortality has been linked to the regular use of sleeping pills. And the link is very strong. Read excerpts from "The Dark Side of Sleeping Pills."

As of January, 2012, there have been 24 published studies of the mortality risks and sleeping pill dangers:

  • 21 studies showed that people taking sleeping pills died sooner.
  • The patients who took sleeping pills died 4.6 times as often during follow-ups averaging 2.5 years.

In addition to the risk of dying in your sleep, the American Cancer Society has weighed in with other alarming data: through the monitoring of over one million people, they learned that the use of sleeping pills was associated with more deaths within six years.

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Evidence shows that a person who takes any of the sleeping pills listed below increases their risk of getting cancer. Considering 60 million prescriptions for hypnotics were prescribed in the U.S. in 2010 according to IMS Health, the latest findings will have a detrimental impact to the health and wellbeing of millions of people.

  • Zolpidem (Ambien, Stilnox)
  • Temazepam (Restoril)
  • Eszopiclone (Lunesta)
  • Zaleplon (Sonata)
  • Triazolam (Halcion)
  • Flurazepam (Dalmane, Dalmadorm)
  • Estazolam (ProSom)
  • Quazepam (Doral)
  • Barbiturates (especially Luminal)
  • Antihistamines, mainly diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

People Most at Risk

If you or your loved one has been prescribed over 132 sleeping pills per year, you have a 35% increased risk of developing cancer within the next 2.5 years. Epidemiologic data, animal data and data from controlled trials all point to this risk.


The Risks are Too High

Don’t wait for manufacturers to do the right thing and warn you. We have learned from the past that manufacturers will do what it takes to keep this kind of information private.

If you suspect you lost your loved one due to a sleeping pill death, contact us immediately. Seeger Weiss personal injury attorneys can quickly offer you legal advice on the steps you can take. Fill out the form to the right.

If you believe that you are personally at risk, also contact us. Our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys will advise you on your legal options. Fill out form to the right.

Source: The Dark Side of Sleeping Pills by Daniel F. Kripke, M.D.

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