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Hypnotic Drugs Associated with Stroke and Death

Morgan Cain2 years ago

A new study suggests that the use of hypnotics could increase the risk of stroke and death among patients.

What are Hypnotic Drugs?

According to Food Consumer, hypnotics are a class of psychoactive drugs that are used to treat insomnia. The most commonly used hypnotic drugs are zolpidem, temazepam, eszopiclone, zaleplon, benzodiazepines, barbiturates and sedative antihistamines.

Unfortunately, new research suggests these drugs may be linked to stroke and death.

Study Links Hypnotic Drugs to Increased Risk of Death and Stroke

As part of the study, researchers compared the medical histories of 2,779 stroke patients against the medical histories of 27,790 controls. They found that patient taking hypnotic drugs were 71 percent more likely to suffer from stroke than patients who had not taken such medications.

Another study found that even patients taking less than 18 hypnotic pills per year were 260 percent more likely to die than individuals who did not take any hypnotic medications. People who took more than 132 pills per year were at an even higher risk for death at 430 percent.

Other Side Effects of Hypnotic Drugs

The following adverse events have been reported in patients taking hypnotic drugs:

  • Zolpidem
    • Amnesia
    • Insomnia
    • Drug ineffective
    • Suicidal behaviors
    • Mental impairment
  • Temazepam
    • Suicidal behaviors
    • Death
    • Cardiac arrest
    • Overdose
    • Confusional state
  • Eszopiclone
    • Death
    • Cardiac arrest
    • Suicidal behaviors
    • Respiratory arrest
    • Insomnia
  • Zaleplon
    • Insomnia
    • Suicidal behavior
    • Dementia
    • Vomiting
    • Anxiety
    • Confusional state

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