Dr Oz, Sleeping Pills Cancer Risk, Women’s Increased Risk, Depression

Sleeping Pills Cause Increased Risk For Cancer and Depression on Dr. Oz

Do you rely on sleeping pills to help you fall asleep and to combat your struggles with insomnia and sleeplessness?  Dr. Oz said that 25% of people in this country take meds to help the sleep, but there is a shocking new study that indicates that sleeping pills may pose very serious health risks that you may not be aware of.  Today, Dr. Oz talked about how sleeping pills can raise your risk for cancer, cause depression, and other side effects that may make you think twice about relying on pills to help you sleep at night.  Also be sure to check out the New FDA Guidelines For Sleeping Pills to view recommended dosages.

Women’s Increased Cancer Risk

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Sleeping Pills Cancer Risk on Dr. Oz

Dr. Oz invited Dr. Michael Breus on to the show to talk about this startling new study that links sleeping pills to cancer.  The risk is even greater for women!  Dr. Breus said that recent data from the study indicates that women’s risk for cancer is increased 3 1/2 times by only taking 18 sleeping pills a year! If that statistic wasn’t troubling enough Dr.  Breus said that sleeping pills used on a regular basis can also cause the following side effects / conditions :

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Depression
  • Acid Reflux
  • Infections
  • Immune Dysfunction

Dr. Oz talked to another medical professional (Dr. Janet Engle) about why taking sleeping pills is especially dangerous to women.  She said that even taking sleeping pills in small doses can pose a threat and cause dangerous side effects.  She said that the risks are especially high for women because the metabolize the medication at a slower rate.  She said that that “hangover” side effects like drowsiness and grogginess can still be noticed well after sleeping a full 8 hours.

Lasting Side Effects

Dr. Breus explained to Dr. Oz that some people who take sleeping pills for sleep feel so out of it the next day that they don’t even remember doing morning tasks like brushing their teeth, cooking on the stove, or even driving their car!  He said that the risks increase even higher if you are taking other prescription meds along with the sleeping pills.  Dr. Breus compared the side effects to an alcohol induced hangover but he said that sleeping pills stay in your system for a longer period of time that what alcohol does.

Hypnotic Dangers From Ambien

Are there certain sleeping pills that are more dangerous than others?  Dr. Janet Engle explained to Dr. Oz that the FDA is particularly concerned with a drug called Zolpidem that can be found in Ambien, Ambien CR, Zolpimist, and Edluar.

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