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Sleeping pill warning for the elderly

Jonathan Warren

19.01.2011

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Jonathan Warren
sb10064105s-001A US study has found that adults who take one of the world’s most prescribed sleeping pills are at greater risk of having a night time fall or injuring themselves. The study carried out by the University of Colorado at Boulder found that adults who had taken popular sleeping drug zolpidem suffered from a loss of balance if woken two hours after falling asleep. The study also concluded that older adults were more impacted by taking the drug than their younger counterparts, leaving the elderly in particular more at risk of an evening fall should they take the drug to aid sleep. Associate Professor Kenneth Wright, who carried out the study, said he hoped the research could be used to help prevent falls, but that the research team were not suggesting sleep medications should not be used to treat insomnia. http://www.colorado.edu/news/r/f9df0f32ecaedb12eb5f3c4d1fbefb71.html

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Jonathan Warren

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