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Are sleeping pills harmful


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Sleeping pills are “sedative hypnotics.” This is a particular type of drugs used to generate and/or sustain sleep. Sedative hypnotics consist of benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and various hypnotics.

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Are sleeping pills harmful

  1. 1. Are Sleeping Pills Harmful
  2. 2. A sleeping pill may be effective at ending your sleep problems short- term. But it's important to make sure you understand everything you need to know about sleeping pills. That includes knowing about sleeping pill side effects. When you do, you can avoid misusing these sedatives.
  3. 3.  Antihistamines: These medicines are commonly used to treat allergies such as hay fever. However, drowsiness is a side- effect of some antihistamines - for example, promethazine.  Melatonin: Melatonin is, strictly speaking, not a 'sleeping tablet'. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone made by the body. The level of melatonin in the body varies throughout the day.  Benzodiazepines and Z drugs : Benzodiazepines and Z drugs are sometimes used as sleeping tablets. Benzodiazepines include temazepam, loprazolam, lormetazepam, and nitrazepam. They are only available on prescription.
  4. 4. Common side effects of prescription sleeping pills such as Lunesta, Sonata, Ambien, Rozerem, and Halcion may include:  Burning or tingling in the hands, arms, feet, or legs  Changes in appetite  Constipation  Diarrhea  Difficulty keeping balance  Dizziness  Drowsiness  Dry mouth or throat
  5. 5. Sedative-hypnotic drug products (benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepines) can cause severe allergic reaction, facial swelling, memory lapses, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts or actions, and complex sleep-related behaviors like sleep-walking, sleep-driving (driving while not fully awake, with no memory of the event) and sleep-eating (eating in the middle of the night with no recollection, often resulting in weight-gain).