Research concerns over sleeping pills
TAKING sleeping pills can increase people's risk of contracting and dying from pneumonia, University of Nottingham researchers claim.
The research into benzodiazepine tablets has been published in the journal Thorax, an international journal of respiratory medicine.
Richard Hubbard, a professor of respiratory epidemiology, said: "These drugs are commonly prescribed medications that have significant effects. Deep sleep induced by these drugs may mean that secretions can build up in the lungs. Our results suggest that they may increase the risk of mortality from pneumonia."
Benzodiazepines are a class of commonly-prescribed sleeping pills used as sedatives for anxiety, epilepsy and insomnia.
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