Even infrequent use of hypnotics may increase mortality risk

Taking hypnotic drugs, even sporadically, may increase the risk of death, a recent study has found.

Researchers at the Scripps Clinic Sleep Center in La Jolla, California, United States, estimated the mortality risk of hypnotics in 10,529 adults who received hypnotic prescriptions and 23,676 matched controls; the subjects were followed for an average of 2.5 years. Zolpidem and temazepam were the most commonly prescribed hypnotics.

After adjusting for comorbidities, hypnotics were found to increase the risk for death during the study period, and this risk increased as the number of...

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