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  • People taking more than 18 to 132 sleeping pills per were 20% more likely to get cancer in 2.5 years

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    Monday, April 02, 2012 9:40 am Email this article
    People taking just 18 to 132 sleeping pills per year—the average in this group was 57 pills per year—were 20% more likely to develop a major cancer over an average follow-up of 2.5 years compared to nonusers according to a recent study by researchers at Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center in La Jolla, California, USA.


    Subjects: 10,000+ people taking sleeping pills vs 23,000+ not taking sleeping pills

    The study followed 10,529 people given prescriptions for sleeping pills and compared them with 23,636 matched controls who had not been given a prescription for sleeping pills.

    Follow-up Period

    Average follow-up of 2.5 years

    The subjects were followed for an average of 2.5 years.


    Kripke D, Langer R, Kline L. Hypnotics’ association with mortality or cancer: A matched cohort study. BMJ Open. 2012, 2(1):e000850.


    Dr Daniel F Kripke
    Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center
    La Jolla, California, USA
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