Unintended Drug Effects
Some people who take sleeping pills or anxiety medication could live a shorter time as a result, say researchers in Canada. Findings from the 12-year study, published in Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, revealed that people taking sleeping pills or anxiety medicine experienced a 36 percent increased risk of dying during the study period. Researchers controlled for alcohol and tobacco use, physical activity, health and depression symptoms. Researchers say that the increased risk could be explained by several factors. The medications affect reaction time, making falls and accidents more likely. The drugs could also aggravate breathing problems during sleep. Since the medicines have an affect on the central nervous system, judgment could be affected, and suicide risk may be increased.