Do you ever wonder why your doc might be reluctant to prescribe sleeping pills, or pills to help you when you’re anxious? Although these medications can be helpful in some conditions, they are being overused (mostly inadvertently) and that can lead to serious consequences.
In the elderly they are a major factor in falls, which can cause broken hips, hospitalization and death. In younger patients they are habituating, and when mixed with pain medications or alcohol, can cause death. So next time you here yourself saying “but doc I can’t sleep”, and you find yourself using these medications more than occasionally, think of this article.