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New users of sleeping pills have more car crashes

Sedative sleeping pills can nearly double the risk for car accidents among new users compared with nonusers, a University of Washington study suggests. Researchers looked at prescription records and motor vehicle crash records of more than 400,000 Washington state drivers who had a drug benefit in the Group Health Cooperative…

Sleeping Pill Use Tied to Poorer Survival for Heart Failure Patients

According to a new study, the use of sleeping pills put people with heart failure at a greater risk of serious heart problems and death. Research found that patients who took sleeping pills were 8 times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital for heart failure or to die from…

Adverse Reactions to Zolpidem (aka Ambien) Mean More ER Visits

The number of emergency department visits involving adverse reactions to the sleep medication zolpidem rose nearly 220 percent from 6,111 visits in 2005 to 19,487 visits in 2010 according to a report from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Zolpidem is the active ingredient in Ambien, Ambien…

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